1. Use a piece of tape as your guide.
This piece of tape should go from the corner of your eye to the end of your eyebrow. It should resemble an extension of your lower lash line. Firmly press the tape into your skin so no eyeliner can leak under it. If you have sensitive skin, you can hold the edge of a credit card against your skin at that same angle instead of using tape.
2. Apply liner to your upper lash line.
You need a good baseline for your winged eyeliner. Achieve it by using a thin pencil to line your upper lash line. Make the line is as thin and as close to your lash line as possible. The line does not have to be perfect because it will be covered up later, so don’t worry if your first application is a little rough.
3. Trace the edge of the tape with your eyeliner.
After you line your upper lash line, you’ll need to extend that line upwards to create the “wing.” Trace the edge of the tape with your pencil liner and stop right below your brow bone. It’s okay if you get some liner on the tape, because it shouldn’t bleed through.
4. Thicken the line.
The classic winged eyeliner look is thicker toward the outer edge of your eye, and you will need to use your pencil liner to thicken that line. Start at the edge of your eye and go upwards. You want the point of the wing to stay fine.
5. Layer liquid eyeliner on top.
You want your winged eyeliner to look as dark and precise as possible, so you’ll need to go over your pencil liner with liquid liner. If traditional liquid liner is difficult for you to work with, try out a liquid eyeliner pen, which is much easier to use. Once you’re done, carefully remove the tape without smudging your liner.
6. Clean up uneven edges.
If you’re still learning how to perfect this look, your liner may still be a little rough around the edges. You can either clean up with a pointed cotton swab, or you can dip an angled eyeshadow brush in makeup remover to remove any liner that looks out of place.
7. Let the eyeliner dry.
This step is essential. If you blink right after finishing up, your eyeliner could smudge, and all of your work will be ruined. Just wait 10 to 20 seconds and you should be good to go!