Just wing it

Dis­cover the best tips and tech­niques for a flaw­less cat eye

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Beauty -

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”

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