I for one don't know that it works for me (my eye shape). Then again, I'm pretty sure I'm doing it wrong. Would love a YouTube tutorial that others have used that can help with this (I loved using Cherry Dollface's one on victory rolls - would've never made them without that tutorial!)! Monet, maybe you could do a play-by-play that we could use???
Awesome - let me know when! Looking forward to it!
Brushes make all the difference. A small bent angle brush or a flat liner brush and just smudging and dragging out. I don't think there's a universal rule with it because everyone has different eye shapes and it's just trial and error how much wing you need and how full to make it and where to taper it down. Gel liners or soft tipped kohl liners are easy to drag out and wing. Liquid can be too as long as it isn't fast drying but normally the brushes that come in liquid liner are crap. They can have splayed hairs which can drag liner where you don't want it.
Maybelline makes one that has a very nice long thin felt tip. I live on a budget so I have to go cheap and this is the best one I've used. The liquid is nice and black and I've had an easy time making the little wings that are so coveted even though I'm old and I have wrinkled eyelids!
I use Urban Decay's 24/7 black liquid eyeliner for wings. I like it because it leaves a nice smooth trail and is easy to touch up since the brush is so narrow. It also really does last the whole 24/7. I was surprised that the brush in it wasn't a piece of crap.
My issue is that I can never get them even!! It drives me crazy, but I'm not sure how to fix that. It's one of those practice makes perfect type deals I think.
Somedays I have that problem, too, it's the worst! The real issue is that our faces (and by our I mean everyone's!) are not perfectly symmetrical. So you have to end up cheating one eye to get both eyes to match. Does that make sense? Sometimes it helps to just do the wing first and compare both wings and adjust before doing your lashline. It's definitely a practice makes perfect ordeal. :)
I never liked the idea of liquid liners. My go to liner is Cover Girl's perfect point plus (plum velvet is my favorite). It's easier to use and has an eraser on one end if needed to smudge out a line. Although, if I want to try the cat eye look, I just do my liner like I normally do, and then add these side slanted triangles near the outside.
I've had good luck with liquid liner as long as the brush isn't too flexible. I find an almost felt tip style brush works much better for me. I've bought expensive and cheap and find that price doesn't make much difference. Right now I'm using ELF and having reasonably good luck with it. As long as I'm not trying to rush I can usually pull it off.
That's cool, I think we all have those periods of trial and error when it comes to fashion, makeup, ect. Eventually we all find what works best for us :)
I sometimes use a finger in the outer corner of my eye to stretch my eye really flatly. It helps me draw a fine, smooth line and I can get the wings done right.
Keeping them perfectly even from eye to eye is another story...
People ask me about my eyeliner everyday at work. This is how I do it. I start with Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner on my lids. Creating the base for my liquid liner. I use liquid because it has a sharper point and I can use zero liner brushes this way. The base of a waterproof creme liner on my lids makes the liquid "blacker" and more even, I've found. It doesn't have to be perfect, just on the lid. Then I use L'Oreal's Lineur Intense brush tip liquid liner. I've used felt tips, but the felt ends up going bad/losing its shape. I cover my lid, tight line on the inside, and a wedge shape going out to where my tips will be. I then begin to creat my "wings" "tips" whatever you want to call them. I start with my right usually, and just do one swipe to get the bottom of the tip in place. I go to the left and do the same. From there, I fill in the tips and connect them to my lid liner. I don't know if this is helpful to anyone, but it seems to work for me. It takes me a few minutes to do my liner everyday, but people always tell me how much they love it! I've even had ladies ask if I do it myself or if its a sticker. Haha!