This Stunning Butterfly Wing Eyeliner Is Easier to Create Than It Looks

April 06, 2020
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
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We’ve been experimenting with graphic liner and hollowed-out cat-eye looks for months now — the bolder, the better. That’s why when we stumbled upon this butterfly eyeliner tutorial on TikTok, we just knew we had to try it out for ourselves. We tapped NYC-based makeup artist Jonet Williamson to help us learn how to create this *literally* transformative butterfly wing eye look.

  • Step #1: Start With the Shape

    Williamson notes that the first step in creating your butterfly wing has to do with sketching out the shape. “Start with a white or neutral cream base and spread it in the shape of the wing,” she says. We recommend the NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk for this. You want your shape to mimic a big, cat-eyeliner wing, with a rounded bottom. “Starting with the base is easiest, so you can see where your furthest butterfly edge will begin, then you’ll be able to build the wing on top,” Williamson says.

  • Step #2: Apply Your Color

    Next, you want to pack on various colors for your wing. “Do this by picking 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 you put down,” Williamson says. They don’t have to be drawn on perfectly — if they blend together a bit, you’ll get a cool watercolor effect.

  • Step #3: Add Your Black Liner

    “It all comes together when you add the liner!” says Williamson. Use a small liquid liner brush dipped into gel liner to create your butterfly wing, tracing it around the outside of the entire shape you just created. You can also use a liquid liner for this, but it must have a very precise tip like the NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liquid Liner in Black. “You can use the liner to create the tiny striations as well for the detail of the butterfly wings.”

  • Step #4: Finish the Look With White Eyeliner

    Complete the look with white dots. “Dot the NYX Professional Makeup White Liquid Liner on the highlights of your butterfly wings,” Williamson says. This gives the look an animated, E-girl touch.

It all comes together when you add the liner!
Jonet Williamson, MUA
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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