Makeup Tutorial: Super Easy Winged Eyeliner Hack

Glam Girl Gabi
by Glam Girl Gabi
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15 Minutes

Winged eyeliner can be a massive pain to do. I can’t believe I just discovered this beginner-friendly winged eyeliner hack!

If you want to know how to do winged eyeliner but have never been able to execute it well, this tutorial is for you.

Tools and materials:

  • Eyeshadow brush
  • Black eyeshadow
  • Tape
  • Taupe eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner brush
  • Cream eyeliner
  • Cotton swab
  • Micellar water
  • Eyelash curler
  • Eyelash primer
  • Mascara
  • False eyelashes
Winged eyeliner

Here’s the problem with using tape: Sometimes when you put it on your face it can come out a bit unbalanced, but it’s really hard to see that until you remove it. 

Marking angle

1. Mark the angle

Instead, following the lower lashline, take a bush or a stick (or whatever!) and create the angle that you want. 

Marking angle

Then, mark the place at your temples with a black eyeshadow. It will be easy to remove when you are finished. 

Marking angle

Tip: It feels unnatural to do this, but always do your eye makeup first!

That way, if eyeshadow drops or you mark something up, you can clean it up when your eyes are finished. 

2. Apply tape

Once you have the little black marks, you can line up your tape on both sides. This ensures that the angle of the liner is exactly the same.

Applying tape

3. Apply eyeshadow

I went for a razzle-dazzle look and applied glitter eyeshadow, applying it with my finger, but you can use whatever kind you like.

Applying eyeshadow

4. Apply taupe eyeshadow along the tape

Dip a small, fluffy compact brush into a taupe brown eyeshadow. 

Applying eyeshadow

Then, smudge it along the tape, connecting it to the eye.

Applying eyeshadow

Don’t forget to apply it to the top lid as well, on the outer edge of the lash line.

Applying eyeshadow

Tip: I’m actually using a small paintbrush here! Search your local art supply store for the perfect makeup brush at significantly cheaper prices!

Just look for the density and shape that you want and you’re good to go!

Paint brush

5. Deepen the wings with black eyeshadow

Next, dip your brush into the black eyeshadow and smudge it right on top of the brown to deepen it a bit.

Applying eyeshadow

6. Apply cream eyeliner

Add more definition to the inner corners of your eyes without defaulting to a smokey eye (which can have the effect of closing your eyes up).

To do this, apply cream eyeliner with a tiny eyeliner brush. 

Eyeliner brush

Just follow your lash line ever so slightly on the inside to elongate the eyes without darkening or closing up the lid.

Applying eyeliner

7. Clean up the eyes

Next, remove the tape to reveal the perfect winged eyes. 

Cleaning up eyeliner

Then clean up any fall-out with a cotton swab dipped in micellar water. 

Cleaning up eyeliner

8. Address your lashes

Start by curling your lashes. Then apply eyelash primer to bulk up your lashes, followed by mascara.

Applying primer

Applying mascara

9. Apply false lashes (optional)

Add half of a false lash to the outer corners of the eyes to make the wings really come to life.

Adding false lashes

When I cut the false lashes, I like to use the inner part.

I find that the outer section is just too long, and because of that it drags and weighs my eyes down. 

Adding false lashes

10. Add a lighter color under the eyeliner

Follow the liner with a light, matte eyeshadow.

Adding lighter color

This really lifts up the corners of the eyes, almost like a face lift. 

Adding lighter color

After taking my rollers out and applying lipstick, I am left with this soft and beautiful, easy winged eyeliner.

Winged eyeliner look

It’s great with straight or curly hair. 

Winged eyeliner look

Winged eyeliner hack

This eyeliner wing hack is perfect for a daytime event or a night out.

If you try this winged eyeliner hack, let me know in the comments below!

And if you want to learn one of my signature looks, check out this clean girl makeup tutorial.

Suggested materials:
  • Eyeshadow brush
  • Black eyeshadow
  • Tape
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