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    The Ultimate Guide To The Perfect Winged Eyeliner For Your Eye Shape

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    I don't know about y'all, but I've spent ::cough wasted cough:: countless hours trying to figure out how in the world you're supposed to apply winged eyeliner.

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    When I do it, it always ends up everywhere and in every direction I didn't want it to be.

    It's, in my opinion, one of the most difficult things to master when it comes to makeup application. So, why is it so hard? And what exactly have I been doing wrong all these years? Well, for one, winged eyeliner is not a one-size-fits-all process. The way you apply is often directly related to your eye shape.

    A chart explaining a variety of different eye shapes.
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    It had never even occurred to me that there were different eye shapes and that that might change how you apply makeup. I'm obvi a beauty influencer over here, get ready for the launch of my YouTube channel — Makeup For Clowns.

    Don't be like me. If you're a beginner check out these helpful eye makeup tips and make sure to learn more about eyeshadow application, eyeliner application and eye shape so you can really get your makeup done right.

    Another major thing to take into consideration is the type of eyeliner being used. There are three major ones to consider — pencil, gel, or liquid. For a winged liner, nearly everything I've researched has suggested a liquid liner.

    examples of pencil, gel, and liquid eyeliner
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    A pencil eyeliner can be super simple to apply but because it is a pencil, it isn't the smoothest and can have a rougher finish.

    If you want something that's matte and glides right on, you're going to want to go with a gel liner. You might recognize gel liners — they often come in little jars and you use a liner brush to apply. I, personally, have greasy lids and have NEVER had success with these types of liners.

    The golden ticket really sits with a liquid liner which gives you great precision. They tend to come in a pen shape with tips that vary. For the most part, they glide on with ease but just make sure to let them dry to avoid any transfer.

    Then start mastering the actual application with a helpful and awesome tutorial on just how to apply winged eyeliner specifically for your eye shape.

    View this video on YouTube

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    Not to brag or anything but I basically became a PhD in winged eyeliner after watching this.

    Which I can break down for you:

    If you have upturned eyes, Destiny recommends using NYX Matte Liquid Liner because it has a super-thin brush and wet formula that makes application a little smoother. To use, start at the corner of your eye, following your lash line as closely as possible while making a thicker line. To get the wing, continue past the lash line and then connect it back by filling it in.

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    Upturned eyes are very similar to almond-shaped eyes — they're oval in shape but the outer edges have a natural upward lift. The lower lid also tends to be more prominent making it appear much longer than the top lid.

    You can watch exactly how Destiny applies it here.

    Promising review: "Do you want to create wings sharp enough to slay your enemies? If so, buy this. I purchased this in hopes that it would be as good as 'Walk the Line' by Hard Candy, which has been discontinued. IT IS WAY BETTER. This product stays all day. Application is easy and beautiful. I can create wings sharp enough to slay my enemies. 10/10 would recommend. And will purchase again." —danielle b.

    Get the NYX Matte Liquid Liner from Amazon for $6.29.

    If your eye shape is of the round variety, then you're like Carolina who is using Anastasia Beverly Hills Black Liquid Liner during this tutorial. She starts with little baby strokes across the eye and then a solid line from the end up towards the tip of her brows, which she seamlessly connects back to the lash line.

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    Round shaped eyes are just that, round. They're less tapered than other shapes and you tend to see more of the whites of your eyes.

    Watch exactly how Carolina applies her wings here.

    Promising review: "Great pigment and easier to use than I thought. Really good definition and not messy — the brush is great." —Alexis wenger

    Get the Anastasia Beverly Hills Black Liquid Liner from Amazon for $18.

    Joelle guides us through application for demi-monolid eyes, which she explains as an eye shape that is monolid on the inside and creased on the outer end. She uses NYX Epic Ink Liner (which she suggests as a more affordable KVD dupe). She also points out that this particular formula is waterproof making it great for anyone with oily lids. For application, she closely lines her lashes until she gets to the corner where she starts to lift up. Then she draws a straight line from the corner up which is her guide for the rest of the wing.

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    Monolid eyelids tend not to have a visible crease, the skin folds on the upper eyelid so you don't see that crease line below your brow area.

    Check out exactly how Joelle completes her winged liner at the 2:06 mark.

    Promising review: "As someone with monolids, I always had a hard time finding the perfect eyeliner that won't smudge and give me panda eyes. But this one is truly amazing! I had it on during the NYC summer heat, sweating all day but the eyeliner did not smudge nor disappear!" —Liam T.

    Get the NYX Epic Ink Liner from Amazon for $6.99 (available in four colors and two application brushes).

    If you have almond-shaped eyes, Spenser walks us through a bold winged look using TheBalm Schwing Black Liquid Eyeliner. She follows her lower lash line, extending a line to her desired length, then she leaves the "tippy tip of the point alone" and instead begins connecting the wing a little farther down to the middle of her lash line.

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    If you have smaller eyelids, a cornea that's hidden under the top and bottom lids, and eyes that are longer in width than rounded, then you probably have Almond-shaped eyes. The shape tapers at the tear duct and again at the outer eye.

    Get a more detailed tutorial from Spenser at 4:09.

    Promising review: "Best eyeliner I have found so far. It's easy to use for fine lines and wings. I have tried many other brands and I think this is the best bang for your buck. It coats nice and dark so you don't have to reapply it and the applicator tip keeps its shape making it easy to control. It will smudge if you rub your eyes but I found a little translucent powder over it prevents this." —talyn

    Get the TheBalm Schwing Black Liquid Eyeliner from Amazon for $17.

    For anyone with hooded eyes, there are some quick tips that Megan walks us through using KVD Tattoo Liner. She starts by finding the trajectory of her lower lash line, following it out towards her eyebrow to create the wing. Because of the nature of her eye shape, a small gap is left that she connects with her eye partially closed. To close the wing she suggests looking straight into your mirror and gliding your eyeliner from the tip of the wing to the natural point of connection at the lash line, filling in any gaps after.

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    Hooded eyes have excess skin folding down from the brow bone to the lash line. Many people have a variation of hooded eyes — some as a result of aging.

    Follow along as Megan walks us through a winged eyeliner look on hooded eyes at 5:31.

    Promising review: "I've used this eyeliner before but didn't think it was worth the price. On a whim I purchased it again. Boy am I glad I did. This eyeliner is honestly amazing. I had to perform CPR on a patient, which is extremely strenuous, and it didn't so much as budge. If it can survive that, then it can survive anything." —Rachael

    Get the KVD Tattoo Liner from Ulta for $21 (available in two colors).

    If you've got downturned eyes, Chelsea suggests using Transpore Surgical Tape which helps guide your eyeliner application and give you a totally perfect straight line. Placing the tape along the bottom of your lashes allows for a perfect stencil when creating your lines.

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    Downturned eyes have a downward tilt at the outer corners and can basically make your upper lid look much larger than your bottom lid.

    Get the full tutorial on applying eyeliner with tape at the 7:12 mark.

    Promising review: "I use this to help get straight lines on my winged eyeliner. This is a great tape to help achieve that line and it doesn't feel like it rips your skin off when you take it off!! I would recommend this to help with those straight makeup lines!" —Sapphy

    Get a roll Transpore Surgical Tape for $3.80 and get the Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner for $5.97 (available in three colors) and the Zuzu Luxe Liquid Liner doe $15.60 (available in eight colors) she uses from Amazon.

    Now if you're looking for something a little more fun, Angie walks us through a two-toned eyeliner lid. Like Destiny, she also has upturned eyes which she effortlessly lines with a bright green and blue combination from Fenty Beauty (which are, unfortunately, now unavailable but you might be able to mimic with similar colors from NYX).

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    I work pretty closely with Angie and I have to say, her eyeliner is always, ALWAYS absolute perfection. She probably thinks I'm a total creeper for constantly staring at it but luckily she's my friend and doesn't judge me...at least not out loud.

    Check out Angie's seamless application at the 8:52 mark.

    Promising review: "This color is soooo pigmented and very vivid! I love it so much, I use it on my lower lash line and it’s super cute. This bright color is guaranteed to garner you plenty of compliments!" —THC

    Get NYX Vivid Brights Liquid Eyeliner in Vivid Envy and Vivid Sapphire from Amazon for $4.99.

    For a really dramatic look, Jazzmyne uses Sephora Collection Long Lasting Eyeliner designed with a high precision brush that makes getting all the details and creating an extended wing a little easier. Jazzmyne has one of the only looks that really goes into the inner part of the eye, helping with the overall statement look of her eyeliner and really elongating the width of her eyes.

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    It's a gorgeous look that Jazzmyne walks us through in perfect detail at the 10:29 mark.

    Promising review: "Super matte, super black, and the brush gives so much control for the perfect wing!" —shayens

    Get the Sephora Collection Long Lasting Eyeliner High Precision Brush from Sephora for $12.

    And there you have it! Everything you need to know so that your eye makeup really takes flight.

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