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#HQHowTo: Winged Eyeliner

Over the years, many makeup trends have been in the spotlight. Contouring, Strobing, over-lining your lips, you name it. However, one trend has never become outdated, the winged eyeliner! Being the one technique every girl is expected to master, many of us still struggle to achieve a perfect flick.

Here at HQhair, we’re all too familiar with looking like a panda from several attempts to create matching wings. We’ve decided that enough is enough and it’s time to master it once and for all! Take a look at our 3 favourite winged eyeliner styles and how to accomplish them!

Classic Winged Eyeliner

When researching how to achieve the classic winged eyeliner, we came across some extremely inventive techniques.

From using a spoon to create the perfect flick to creating a stencil via tape around the eyes, none of these quite cut it for us. Start by drawing a diagonal line from the outer corner of your eye to half the way towards the end of your eyebrow. Then add a short line back in to create the desired flick shape. Join it to the inner of your eye, fill in and voilà, done! We recommend using the Bourjois Mega Liner in Ultra Black to achieve the best effect!

Simple Winged Eyeliner

We found the best way to achieve the thin line of the simple winged eyeliner was to create a template. Using your go-to pencil eyeliner (trust us, it’s easy to do using familiar products!), draw your line. Then, simply trace over your pencil line with a gel or liquid liner such as the HD Brows Duo Gel Liner

We love using this style for everyday wear, keeping the others exclusive to the party scene! Bonus – it’s super cute for a first date too!

Smokey Winged Eyeliner

Our final favourite style has to be the smokey winged eyeliner! It would be criminal if we didn’t include this… Perfect for nights out or whenever you feel that your makeup isn’t matching up to your sassy personality, it’s also surprisingly easy to do!

Using the Glo Minerals Precise Micro Eyeliner in Black, use the first two steps of the classic winged eyeliner. Adjust slightly so this time your second line is higher up, creating a wider angled flick. Fill in the flick with a Lord & Berry Sketch Eye Pencil in Black, then fade out slowly with the Japonesque Velvet Touch Shadow Palette in Shade 03. Work from the outside in, starting with the darkest shade, ensure to fade to the lightest colour in the inner corner of your eye. Make sure it’s all blended using the Sigma E55 Eye Shading Brush and you’re all set!

Now you’ve perfected your winged eyeliner, it’s time to add some to bag

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What are your favourite winged eyeliner styles? Have you mastered the technique yet? Let us know over on Twitter and Instagram and tag @HQhair!




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