By Karinda Ristic
Professional Make-up Artist
Winged eyeliner is making a popular come back. The look is a recreation of the glamorous fifties and sixties era and not the smudged heavy look we have recently seen on Amy Winehouse. The idea is to create seductive eyes, but still keeping it fresh and natural.
When drawing winged eyes, there is a fine line between sexy and tacky. It is important to learn how to push the limits on liner, without going to far.
Start off by selecting the correct colour. The professionals would generally choose between black and dark brown eyeliner. Anything else will look to theatrical.
Gel textured eyeliner is a slightly firmer formula, which allows for more accuracy than the general liquid eyeliner that is normally wetter and harder to handle. I personally love Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Gel liner. I also use Bobbi Brown’s Ultra Fine Eyeliner brush to apply the liner.
Start by lifting your chin and looking down into the mirror. This will ensure that you can see the entire eyelash line without having to close your eyes and it will keep the eye surface smooth and stretched.
Simply draw a line from the inside corner all the way to the outer corner of the eyes. When you reach the end of the line, slightly extend the line upwards and outwards. You want the wing to look like a little eyelash curling outwards. Remember to also draw as close as possible to the lashes, avoiding a space between the eyeliner and lashes.
To make this line even sexier, apply a little black or brown eyeshadow over the line to make it look slightly smudged. This will create a softer, more feminine look.
Finish the look with a few coats of black or brown mascara, with an extra coat at the outer corners to accentuate the wings.
Note: This article was posted on http://www.destinyconnect.com/blogs/karinda/archive/2009/11/25/make-up-trends-winged-eyeliner.aspx (25 November 2009)