Thursday, 30 January 2014

HOW TO: WINGED LINER

Hey beauties! 
We asked and you answered...a ton of people requested a tutorial for winged liner. To start off - no matter how many tutorials you check out, winged liner is one of those things that really just takes practice. Don't get discouraged, yo. Moving along...
WHAT KIND OF LINER IS THE BEST? 
It's good to know how to use different types of formulas of eyeliners - mostly because that way you will find your fave. You may find some formulas easier to use than others, and everyone is different. Here's a break down on liners:
Liquid:  Requires a steady hand, applies the darkest and most intense, and has the sharpest lines. Use this for a very crisp liner. Takes slightly longer to dry, sometimes resulting in transfer onto the lid (the worst thing ever). Easiest to apply over top of glitter/textured eyeshadow. 
Our fave liquids: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liner  ($20)
                          Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liner ($7.50) 
Gel/Cream:  Easier to use than liquid for most people, with similar looking results. Dries fairly quickly and has awesome staying power for most. Can be blended out for a smokey look or applied normally to look crisp.
Our fave gels:  MAC Fluidline ($16)
                       Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner  ($10)
Pencil: Best for smokey liner, can be applied directly or with a brush. Offers a softer looking liner, staying power varies by brand. Sometimes tends to transfer on the lid. Pencils vary in softness, making it harder to apply the less soft/creamy they are. 
Our fave pencils:  Marc Jacobs Highliner ($25)
                           NYX Slide On Waterproof Pencils ($8)
I HAVE MY LINER. HOW DO I DO THE DAMN THING? 
A couple quick tips...
  • When applying liner, look down into the mirror, rather than closing your eyes or pulling on your eye. Chin tilted upwards, look directly down into the mirror, rather than straight on.
  • Your brush/pencil should be closer to parallel with your eye rather than perpendicular to it. If you find that you are having difficulties getting a straight line, this may be a big part of it. You basically want to use the edge of your brush/pencil rather than the tip to apply your liner. 
  • Keep your liner brush clean for easier/smoother application.  
SHOW ME NOW. 
K.
Line your first mark up with your lower lash line, as if the first mark was an extension of the bottom lash line. Place your brush/pencil at the outer corner of the line, and in one smooth and slow movement, glide the pencil/brush upwards as high as you want. 
Starting at the top tip of your first mark, drag your brush/pencil down, toward the iris. This doesn't have to look perfect right now. 
Starting at the inner corner, apply your liner as close to the lashline as possible, meeting up with your second mark.
Fill in the empty area. Just fill that shit up.
Clean up any edges with concealer/makeup remover on a concealer brush.
Add lashes/mascara and call it a day. Fierce.