Just wing it
Discover the best tips and techniques for a ﬂawless cat eye
Like contouring and smoky eyes, winged eyeliner is a make-up skill that takes a bit of practice. But once mastered, it can become a signature look. “Cat eyeliner never goes out of style, and it can be tweaked for different eye
shapes and occasions,” conﬁrms Max Factor Australia make-up artist Liz Kelsh.
Trying to draw one continuous line is a rookie error; experts do soft, feathery strokes, using kohl pencil to outline the shape and along the waterline, a liquid pen for a precise ﬂick, and gel to ﬁll in the line and wing, says Kelsh.
“Start drawing short strokes just shy of the inner corner of the eye, continuing three-quarters of the way across the eyelid and keeping as close to the lashline as possible,” she explains. “Then open your eye and place a dot to mark where you’d like your ﬂick to end (line it up with the tip of your outer lashes if you’re unsure) and connect the dot to both the eyeliner and the outer corner of the eye, then colour in the triangle.”
Adjust to suit your eye shape. “For round eyes, extend the liner out to elongate the eye, and make it thicker at the outer corner,” suggests Kelsh. “Lift downturned eyes by starting the wing just shy of the end of the natural lashline, and draw the ﬂick out, rather than up, on upturned eyes. Winged eyeliner is not the best option for hooded or deep-set eyes – but almond eyes are lucky. You were made for this look, so wing away.”
“Cat eyeliner never goes out of style, and it can be tweaked for different eye shapes”