Winged liner is a staple of glitzy celebs and sulky crooners for good reason: it’s flattering, dramatic, and (surprisingly) easy to master. Depending on how bold you go, it can be retro fab or subtly sexy. Makeup artist Diane da Silva gives us her best tips.
Not all liners are created equal. If you’re a beginner, start with a gel or cream liner, which will give you more control. As you get more confident, trade up to a liquid liner. See “Birchbox Picks" for our favorites.
Don’t forget to look square in the mirror and make sure the liner is going where you want it to go. Correct any mistakes with a little water-based makeup remover and Q-tips.
- By Mollie Chen
This longtime favorite has an oversized wand and superdark formula to give you ultra dramatic lashes.
A smooth texture that's creamy without being liquidy, this liner is great for newbies.
As dark as it gets, this liquid liner has a silky formula and a fine-tipped brush for precise application.
The pen-style brush is easy as pie to navigate, and it really does stay all day.
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