Mastering 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 more fun and easy. Ahead, we rounded up six simple hacks that will help your cat-eye woes disappear and make your overall winged-eyeliner game a whole lot better.
TRICK 1: Start With a Pencil Product
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.
TRICK 2: Use a Stencil
If you’re trouble is drawing an even, smooth line with your eyeliner, try using a stencil. The L’Oréal Paris Flash Cat Eyeliner has a built-in stencil that comes with the felt-tip liner. To use it, you line up the cat-eye guide with your eyelid and fill in with the product for a sharp, precise cat-eye shape.
TRICK 3: Forgo the Liner and Use Stickers Instead
For those who feel they are totally hopeless when it comes to eyeliner — no if, ands or buts — try cat-eye sticks. Haus Laboratories by Lady Gaga just came out with an Eye Armor Kit that includes liquid liner and wingtip stickers.
TRICK 4: Try the Classic Tape Trick
This is a classic, no-fail trick. Simply place a piece of tape angled outward at the corner of your eye, and follow the line. The rest is history.
TRICK 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.
TRICK 6: Connect the Dots
You never knew a simple game of Connect-the-Dots would become so handy, did you? If steady, straight lines aren’t your thing, try drawing tiny dots along your upper lash line and connecting them for a smooth cat-eye finish.