How To Perfect A Winged Eyeliner

Eyeliners are a makeup staple in every makeup enthusiast’s collection. Eyeliners applied to the upper eyelid give a well defined look to the eyes making them look captivating and bigger. 

There are multiple ways of applying eyeliners; upper eyelid liner, lower and upper eyelid liner, winged liner, cat eye liner, dramatic eyeliner, smudged eyeliner etc but the most popular and loved style is the winged cat-eye eyeliner.

A lot of us struggle with making the perfect winged eyeliner. We spend so much time in front of the mirror trying to fix our liner mistakes and trying to make both the eyeliners look like sisters if not twins. We are here to give you some tips and tricks on how to make the perfect winged eyeliner and save your precious time.

Choose Your Weapon

For drawing a wing sharp enough to cut you need to pick your perfect weapon... I mean eyeliner, that can help you achieve your perfect look.


  • Felt tip pen liquid eyeliner
  • Brush tip pen liquid eyeliner
  • Gel eyeliner cake with a brush
  • Liquid pot eyeliner
  • Pencil eyeliner

Different eyeliners work differently on different skins and have their own fluency and smoothness, some people are more comfortable with a very fluent eyeliner while others prefer the product to be a little rigid avoiding mistakes with too much product fluency.

So it basically depends on your own comfort and expertise with a product, try out different types of eyeliners to find out which is the best pick for you.

Different Ways Of Applying A Winged Eyeliner

Extend your lower lash line

This method involves making the lower line of the wing by extending an imaginary line along the axis of your lower eyelid towards the lower end of your eyebrow.

  • Take your eyeliner and form a line starting from the outer edge of eyelids towards your eyebrow end in an angle along the lower lashline.
  • Stop the liner depending on how dramatic you want your look to be.
  • Match the upper end of the wing to your upper lash line.
  • Fill in the empty space with your eyeliner.

Connect the dots

You can also make dots along the path that you want your liner to be if you are clumsy at forming straight lines.

  • Create a dotted path with your eyeliner.
  • Carefully connect the dots with your eyeliner
  • Fill in the space between the lines

Tape it up

If you are too shaky and can’t even connect the dots in a straight line, then tape comes to your rescue.

  • Cut a 2 cm piece of scotch tape or makeup tape.
  • Place the tape along the outer corner of your eye angling it as much as you want your wing to be.
  • Pick up your eyeliner and draw your wing without the worry of messing up your cat eye.
  • When the eyeliner dries up, take off the tape to reveal your sharp wing.

Use a stencil

Don’t want to put tape on your skin? No worries, we have you covered. For this trick you will need either an eyeliner stencil, a business card or even the handle of a spoon can work.

  • Place the stencil along the outer angle of your eye as a guide.
  • Draw your eyeliner wing along the edge of your stencil.
  • Remove the stencil.
  • Fill up the empty spaces and complete your look. 

Clean up your mess 

Have you tried everything but still can’t seem to make your liner look like how you want it to? Don’t give up. There is still hope for you. What you need for this hack is an eye makeup remover liquid and Q-tips.

  • Draw your eyeliner however you best can
  • Take a Q-tip and dip it in eye makeup remover.
  • Use the wet Q-tip to clear away your mistakes and angle your wing according to the shape you want.


Does eyeliner look good on hooded eyes?

Eyeliner on hooded eyes can look horrible, that is only the case if you don’t know which style of eyeliner to apply for your eye shape. A thin liner with a wing that is not too dramatic, makes hooded eyes look more open and beautiful.

Is liquid eyeliner better than gel eyeliner?

Liquid eyeliners are more fluent than gel eyeliners. They have an ink-like consistency which is not always favourable as it tends to make more smudges and mistakes. Whereas, gel liners are thicker but they tend to make less makeup mistakes. Both eyeliners can be water-proof and smudge-proof, it only depends on your comfort of application as to which of the two you prefer.

How do I perfect my winged eyeliner?

We have given you 5 ways to apply a winged liner, but the ultimate secret is “Practice”. Practice makes perfect and with experience you will start to make wings sharper than knives.