I have never been able to flick my eyeliner properly. My winged version was always worse. (Seeing “winged” in type always makes me think of “Pod People.” Am I alone here? ….. “A wing-ed potato…. a potato with large ears…” ……Bueller?)

I’ve been experimenting with eyeliner over recent weeks (months?) trying to figure out why I have such a hard time. While I haven’t sorted out the cause of my eyeliner handicap, I have come up with a solution for making winged/flicked/kitten/what-have-you eyeliner obtainable.

Winged Eyeliner Trick

The best news is that it only requires two things most makeup-wearers have on hand: Creamy pencil eyeliner and a small-tipped smudge brush. For this demonstration, I am using Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Zero and a Sonia Kashuk smudge brush. I prefer to use a smudge brush over a flat-top or angled eyeliner brush. I feel it grabs and drags the product best, but I’ll get to that in a moment.

IMG_1715My “before” eyes. I’m wearing Too Faced Petals to the Metal eyeshadow.  Love!

IMG_1717Again, my “before” eyes.

IMG_1720Draw a line directly along the upper lashes. Layer the outer end without increasing the height of the line.

IMG_1726Using the smudge brush, grab the product from the outer end and drag it to create the wing.  Use either the lower lashline or the tip of the eyebrow as a guide.

IMG_1723The fine edge of the brush prevents the wing from being too thick.  And the length of the brush’s handle gives enough distance to keep my hand from blocking my view.

IMG_1736Trace the entire line with the pencil if necessary.  Repeat on the other eye and add mascara.

For me, this is the easiest way to get winged liner and I can do it with any color liner I already own.  I hope it helps anyone else who struggles!

What is your favorite winged eyeliner technique?