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Winged eyeliner sometimes seems to be one of those skills you either have or you don’t. Like baking a soufflé or playing high-stakes canasta.
Tell me if this sounds familiar: shakily applying and reapplying (and reapplying) liquid liner until you’re crying black tears and finally decide to give up on life altogether and adopt a dozen cats. Just me?
The one trick that saved me from a life of misery and a fear of liquid eyeliner
Not to exaggerate, but this tip is everything. As you’ll see in the step-by-step below, you must start with shadow. I recommend something nice and neutral for day.
Next, apply oil-free eye makeup remover to a Q-Tip or to the crease of a folded tissue. Imagine an invisible line from the outer corner of your eye to the end of your brow and remove all shadow under it in a straight line. This is the most critical step. You have now used your eyeshadow to create a stencil for you.
Create about a quarter-inch dash along this line. Then make another line back to the lid, forming a triangle between the lashline and your two lines. Fill in the negative space.
You can now fill in any gaps in the lashline or extend the liner ever so slightly toward the middle of your lid to help blend the triangle.
Top with mascara, and voila! Perfect cat eye. Every.darn.time.
For this I used the Stila In the Light palette (it’s discontinued, but any Naked palette would work wonderfully) with the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. I swear by this liner. It’s so easy to control that I wear without eyeshadow practically every day, and it lasts forever.