How to get the perfect winged eyeliner

Trends come and go, but the feline flick is a timeless classic that is never out of line

By Hélène Ravlich
What is the best eyeliner for beginners?
Novices may find a liquid liner a little intimidating, so start off sketching in your wing with a pencil and work your way up. Beginner or not, the trick is just to go for it – liquid eyeliner can smell your fear!
Try: Nars High Pigment Longwear Eyeliner, $40, which is a pencil option that is brilliant for newbies. This liner glides on easily, delivering excellent colour that doesn't move all day (or night).
How do I choose which type of eyeliner suits me?
Start by considering what effect you want from your eyeliner. While liquids offer a more precise finish and achieve that Hepburn-esque wing, gel and kohl liners tend to be more forgiving, and can be blended and buffed for a softer, more diffused effect.
Try: Charlotte Tilbury The Feline Flick Liquid Eyeliner, $48, is perfect for creating a classic wing. It comes with a brush-like tip that allows you to create a super-thin, sharp line.

Beauty editor's tip

Prep with Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, $39, to ensure your liner stays put for longer. It also neutralises any discolouration on the lid.
How to successfully apply a wing
It's easy to place the wing too low or high once you've already sketched a line along your lashes, as the natural curve of the eye slopes down at the outer corner. Instead, look straight ahead in the mirror, place a small dot where you want the line to end, draw your flick, then line.
Try: Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner Black, $21.99, which is quick to dry but still bold in colour. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, $39, is a true cult classic that you'll find rolling around in every make-up artist's kit.
Too hard? Turn it into a smoky eye
The smoky eye is a great option for a night out, but also more forgiving for those who are nervous about liquid liners or are at the point of giving up! Blurred lines are literally the goal here, so get smudging for a lived in, rock-star vibe.
Try: Aleph Gel Liner in Onyx, $59, a New Zealand-made wonder that can also be smudged on as a shadow or used to fill in brows. Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Black Eyeliner Pencil, $40, is the dream if you like to line your waterline – a sure-fire way to take a winged eye to the next level!
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