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Mastering perfect winged eyeliner is no easy feat, but like many other skills and crafts, practice makes perfect. With the right technique and good product choices, winged eyeliner becomes much less daunting — and even fun and easy. Ahead, we rounded up six simple hacks that will help your cat-eye woes disappear and make your overall winged eyeliner routine a whole lot easier.


1. Start With a Pencil

Are you more comfortable with eyeliner pencil than liquid or gel liner? This tricks is for you. Instead of going straight to town with the ever-daunting liquid liner, try outlining the shape of your wing with a pencil eyeliner. Then, trace the shape with a thin liquid eyeliner like L’Oréal Infallible The Super Slim By Infallible Black.

 


2. Use a Spoon

Use the shape of the spoon to trace your winged liner. Consider this a level two hack.


3. Use a Business Card

Don’t have a spoon handy? Do you have a business card in your wallet? (You probably do.) Use it to get your winged liner straight and symmetrical. Simply hold at an angle, and draw along the edge.


4. Use Some Tape

This is a classic, no-fail trick. Simply place a piece of scotch tape angled outward at the corner of your eye, and follow the line. The rest is history.


5. Draw the Flick Backwards

Instead of trying to make the point of the flick on your winged eyeliner meet the spot you want it to end, try starting at the end and following the shape in toward your nose instead.


6. Connect the Dots

You never knew a simple game of Connect-the-Dots would become so handy, did you?


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