Mornings are rough.

After hitting that snooze button for the fifth time and rolling yourself out of bed, you go into panic mode. We get it. Showers are cut down to minutes and blowdrying your hair is a pipe dream. But you don't need to deprive yourself of life’s little pleasures (like graphic eyeliner!) just because you're short on time. 

Check out these makeup artist-approved tips on how to “wing” an eyeliner look, no matter how rushed your morning might be.

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Go Smoky

If you’re not exactly dexterous with eyeliner and you don’t have time to create a super-straight cat eye, don’t worry. You can still add definition to your eyes, sans the struggle. Swipe a line across your upper and lower lash line using kohl liner—and don’t worry your application being perfect. “Use eyeliner as a base on the lid for shadow by simply applying it and smudging it with your finger like a cream eyeshadow,” says New York-based makeup artist, Ashley Rebecca.

Get the Look: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Smokissime, Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl, NYX Two Timer - Dual Ended Liner

Use a Lining Tool

If you’re determined to get razor-sharp, winged liner in the morning, but only have minutes to spare, get a little scrappy with your application. Pick up a tool like a business card or Scotch tape to hold against the outer corner and create a quick, perfect wing.

Try an Eyeliner Marker

Quick and easy eyeliner is all in the tools you’re using. When you’re rushed in the morning, you don’t always have time to fiddle and play with cream eyeliner tubs and their respective brushes. You need a tool that will allow for the easiest application possible. And, what’s easier to use than a marker? Heck, even preschoolers are pros. Now, years later, they’re coming to the rescue again and helping you draw a perfectly straight line in under a minute. And you thought those elementary school art classes wouldn’t come in handy one day!

Get the Look: NYX Super Fat Eye Marker, Maybelline Master Precise Curvy, YSL Eye Marker

Keep It Simple

Sometimes, when you’re short on time, it’s best to go back to the basics. “Use waterproof liner on the top and bottom inner rim of the eye to create a simple, tight definition that lasts all day,” says Rebecca. 

Flip the Script

If you’re flying out the door, but adamant about rocking a fresh look, there’s a surprisingly simple way to do so: “Line the bottom of the eye under the lashline and apply mascara on the top for a reverse eyeliner look that's modern and quick,” says Rebecca. 

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Do you have any eyeliner tips to share for when you're in a rush? Let us know in the comments below!


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