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For a beginner, controlling an eyeliner can already be a daunting endeavour, let alone try to create the perfect winged eyeliner look according to your eye shape.

While we can’t help you with the control of your eyeliner (it just takes plenty of practice and learning from mistakes!), we can, however, help you figure out how you should draw a winged eyeliner according to your eye shape.

We’ve found a super useful tutorial created by Cosmopolitan Philippines and here’s a breakdown of what the video says.

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How to draw winged eyeliner if you have monolids

Step 1: Find the line you’re going to draw

Identify the eyeliner shape that you’re going for. This diagram gives you an idea.

how to draw winged eyeliner monolid shape

Step 2: Keep your eyes open while applying eyeliner

If you have monolids, applying your eyeliner while your eyes are opened make sure you know exactly how the look will turn out and avoid creating a line that too thick.

Tip: If you’re feeling apprehensive or can’t control your eyeliner well enough, use a dotting motion to draw out the line.

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Step 3: Fill in the gaps

Now that you have all the dots, it’s time to fill in the gaps; it’s pretty much like the join-the-dot game you used to do when you were a kid. This step ensures that you achieve a cleaner-looking finish.

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Step 4: Enjoy your final look!

As you become more and more experienced, you can consider extending the line beyond the outer corner of your eyes so you can create the illusion of longer-looking eyes.

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How to draw winged eyeliner if you have hooded eyelids

Step 1: Find the line you’re going to draw

Identify the eyeliner shape that you’re going for. This diagram gives you an idea.

how to draw winged eyeliner hooded eyelid shape

Step 2: Draw a tight, thin line

The challenge for hooded eyelids is that thick lines get “hidden” after you open your eyes and your eyelids crease in. The best way to avoid this problem and to ensure that your eyes look bigger is to go for a tight, thin line that’s very close to the lash line.

For better control, use your lash line as your guide and draw tiny strokes along it.

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Step 3: Wing it out

Now that you have a tight-line along your lash line, extend the line outwards to create a wing that you prefer.

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Step 4: Enjoy your final look!

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How to draw winged eyeliner if you have deep set eyes

Step 1: Find the line you’re going to draw

Identify the eyeliner shape that you’re going for. This diagram gives you an idea.

how to draw winged liner deep set eyes shape

Step 2: Start from the corner of your eyes

Plot out your wing by using your lower lash line as a guide and extend it outwards.

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Step 3: Draw a line from the inner corner

Now that you’ve got your wing, go to the inner corner of your eyes and draw a line that follows closely to your lash line.

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Step 4: Connect the lines

Are there any gaps? Simply connect the wing to the line you’ve just drawn.

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Step 5: Enjoy your final look!

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4 beginners’ tips for drawing winged eyeliner

1. Know your eyeliners

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There are several different types of eyeliners and they all have their pros and cons.

  • Pencil eyeliners: These are more forgiving because they can be removed more easily and are easier to control. However, the intensity of the colour is usually lower, so you can’t get a very bold look with them.
  • Liquid eyeliners: These can take a bit of time to dry so it’s common for beginners to create smudges while trying to get their eye-line right. They’re also harder to remove and more intense in colour, so mistakes can mean starting all over again. Depending on how the tips are designed, they’re also slightly harder to control. However, if you can get it right, your final look will be bold and beautiful.
  • Gel eyeliners: Consider this the in-between – for those who can’t decide whether to go for pencil or liquid. Note that gel eyeliners are typically presented in pots and require an additional eyeliner brush for application, which adds inconvenience to the process.

2. Always plot the line first

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You’ll notice that the first step that we share for every eye shape is always to plot the line first. This is especially important for beginners because it breaks the process down to simpler steps so you can minimise mistakes.

We recommend outlining the line you want to go for lightly with a pencil eyeliner first. This way, you can easily clean off and redo if you’re not satisfied with how the line looks.

Then, go over it with a liquid eyeliner or gel eyeliner to intensify the look.

3. Take baby strokes

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As your control of the eyeliner may not be so good at the start, consider using the dotting method or drawing smaller strokes. You can join the dots or strokes up later. This helps you reduce the chance of making a mistake

4. Practise, practise, practise

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This may sound like a cliche, but it’s true: practice makes perfect. The best way to become a pro at drawing eyeliner is to keep practising whenever you can.

Make sure you give yourself enough time during your makeup routine so you can do it at a comfortable pace, instead of getting flustered because you’re running late for your appointment.

Get your makeup remover ready; we recommend standing by cotton swabs with eye makeup remover or micellar water next to you. This way you can remove any mistake you’ve made and try again.

Finally, be patient with yourself! Not everyone start off as a pro but you can be sure you’ll get better as you practise more!

Video tutorial: How to draw winged eyeliner

Prefer watching a video? Here’s the tutorial that we took reference from that we think you’re going to benefit from as an eyeliner novice.

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