Recreate the TikTok-Famous Butterfly Eyeliner in 4 Simple Steps

May 02, 2022
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
person with butterfly eyeliner makeup
We’ve been experimenting with graphic liner and vibrant eyeshadow looks for months now — for us, bolder is better. That’s why when we stumbled upon this butterfly eyeliner tutorial on TikTok, we knew we had to try it out for ourselves. So, we tapped NYC-based makeup artist Jonet Williamson to teach us how to create this transformative butterfly wing eye look. Find her four-step tutorial, below.
  • STEP 1:

    Start With the Shape

    Williamson says that the first step in creating the butterfly wing is to sketch out the shape. “Start with a white or neutral cream base and spread it in the shape of the wing,” she says. We recommend using the NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk for this. The shape should mimic a big, cat eyeliner wing with a rounded bottom.

  • STEP 2:

    Apply Color

    Next, it’s time to add some color. “Pick bright colors — here, we used a combination of Slowburn and Switch, as well as Fluorescent and Chaos from the Urban Decay Wired Palette — and pack them on little by little over the white base,” Williamson says. The colors don’t have to be drawn on perfectly — if they blend together a bit, it will create a cool watercolor effect.

  • STEP 3:

    Add Black Liner

    “It all comes together when you add the liner,” says Williamson. Use a small liquid liner brush dipped into a gel eyeliner to create your butterfly wing, and trace it around the perimeter of the wing shape. You can also use a liquid liner for this, but it must have a very precise tip, like the Lancôme Idôle Liner. Use the same liner to create tiny striations and details on the butterfly wings, too.

  • STEP 4:

    Finish the Look

    “Dot the NYX Professional Makeup White Liquid Liner on the highlights of the butterfly wings,” Williamson says. This gives the look an animated, E-girl touch. Finally, finish with a few coats of the YSL Beauty Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara.

person wearing butterfly wing eyeliner
Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn, Art Director: Melissa San Vicente-Landestoy, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Makeup Assistant: Crisdanil, Hair Stylist: Jasmine Burnside, Visual Designer: Hannah Packer, Supervising Producer: Jessica Thiel, Line Producer: Kaela Francesca, Digital Tech: MJ Kroeger, Model: Cierra

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