You don't have to be a professional makeup artist to learn how to do winged eyeliner. Here, a makeup artist breaks down the steps. 

By Deanna Pai
May 30, 2018

A smoky eye can be too over-the-top (and also takes forever), but, for some events like a wedding, your usual palette of neutral shadows just won’t cut it. Enter winged eyeliner. More dramatic than a cat-eye but less complicated than other eye makeup techniques, winged eyeliner both defines the eyes and gives them an alluring, sultry shape. And, while it looks as though it requires a professional makeup artist, it’s surprisingly easy to pull off yourself—even if you’re a newbie.

The trick to doing flawless winged eyeliner is to reserve plenty of time for it—and to break the process down into a few simple, manageable steps. Not only is it less overwhelming this way, but this also makes it easier to fix any mistakes as you go along. (And, if you’re trying this for the first time, a slip-up is inevitable.) With our foolproof guide (and a little practice) winged eyeliner will become a regular in your beauty repertoire.

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