Two ways to achieve a winged eyeliner look

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Looking to soar your makeup routine to new heights? Try a winged eyeliner look, which gives the perfect blend of fun and sophisticated. On this episode of In the Know: Beauty School, celebrity makeup artist and host, Kirin Bhatty (@kirinstagram), shares two easy ways to achieve a flawless winged eyeliner look, as well as the best products to make it happen. 

For Bhatty’s first winged eyeliner look, the makeup artist uses black Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. “I always like to start at the corner and work my way back in,” she says, explaining that the edge of your eye furthest from your nose “will always be your guide for where the wing will begin.”

Using the end of the eye as her starting point, Bhatty paints a wing extension on the lash line, then creates a full wing by painting towards the inner corner of the eye. “I always like to start from the outer corner of the wing and go into the inner corner of the eye,” says Bhatty, explaining that doing this allows her to control the thickness of the wing. 

Once the gel eyeliner sketch is complete, Bhatty uses the Surratt Auto-Graphique Liner Pen to liven up the lines. “I’ll just trace over the gel and really deepen that line,” says Bhatty, who tops off the cat-eyed winged look with a “final flick” at the end of the wing. 

For her next winged eyeliner look, Bhatty builds off the existing wing to create a smoky effect. Using Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Shadow, Bhatty applies eye shadow to the model’s eyelids, using a brush to create a smudgy and smoky effect. “Smoky is a technique, not a color,” reminds Bhatty, as she goes back in with the eye shadow to “messily line the bottom of [the model’s] eye.” Then, Bhatty resurfaces the gel liner pen and applies it into the model’s waterline, which “really amps up the smoky look.” 

Next, it’s time to add a smoky effect to the existing wing extension. “The wing that you drew before will lead the way,” explains Bhatty, as she transforms the original, sharper wing into a softer, smokier wing, while blending shades of black and brown to add dimension. Once Bhatty has her desired level of smudge and the creases are defined, the smoky wing look is complete! 

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