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Over the past few months I’ve really been working on perfecting one thing I was truly intimidated of—winged eyeliner. I’d tried at various times over the past year, experimenting with pencils, liquid liners, and shadows and I just couldn’t get the hang of it. After reading numerous tutorials, I’ve finally found the method that allows me to create perfectly winged eyes in a matter of minutes. Here’s what I’ve found works best for me and will probably work wonders for all you collegiettes as well!

1.     Apply a primer of some kind on your eyelids to help your makeup last longer and apply smoother. Urban Decay makes a great one, but I picked up this one by e.l.f. for just $3 (with bonus line sealer).

2.     For this tutorial, I’ll be using Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack and applying it with a Mac 209 brush. Fluidline is pricy at $16, but it lasts for a very long time and it goes on really easily. Plus, you don’t have to worry about it drying shiny like most liquid liners will. You can use any makeup brush (or even a paintbrush) to apply it as well!

3.     Now that you’ve primed your lids, you’re ready to line both of them too! A thinner line is better to start with so when you’re building up your wing later on, it doesn’t get too Amy Winehouse.

4.     Once you’ve lined both your lids, it’s time to start your wing. Placing your brush at the outer corner of your eye, draw a line angled upward toward the end of your eyebrow. Repeat on your other eye. This line will serve as the bottom of your wing! You can play with them and easily wash them off until they match so you won’t have to worry about wiping off a full eye’s worth of makeup later on.

5.     Now you’re ready for the final step of creating your wing! Building up on top of the lines you drew from the corners of your eyes, fill in and draw out wings of your preferred thickness.

And voila! Finish it off however you want – a coat of mascara, some shadow, or whatever you like to wear. It takes some practice and patience, but with a little effort you’ll be sporting razor sharp wings in no time!


Lauren Valentine is a writer and editor for Her Campus FSU as well as a senior at Florida State University majoring in English: Editing, Writing, and Media and minoring in Film Studies and Art History. Her future goals are to work within the film industry, write for a television comedy series, and to be a published poet and illustrator. 
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