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How To: Perfecting Winged Liner [Two Methods]*

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We always have those days when our eyeliner isn’t as awesome as we wanted it. If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to redo your whole liner these are two simple tips that will help your liner be perfect, especially if you’re trying to make them even.

The two methods that I’ll be focusing on in this post are perfecting eyeliner with concealer and makeup remover. Both methods work in a similar manner with only some small differences.

This method requires your favorite concealer (or even your foundation) and a small flat brush or just the doefoot applicator of your concealer, if it has one. In the first image, my liner is too long and very close to my eyebrow for my personal taste. You can use any concealer you want, I’d recommend at least a medium coverage one because you want it to conceal the liner imperfections completely.

For this tutorial, I used Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer; however, looking back I think I would’ve preferred MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer  or Laura Mercier’s High Coverage Concealer For Under Eye since I can see a bit of a dark shadow where the old liner was. This might have been caused by me over blending the concealer out or maybe I didn’t put enough concealer over that area. This isn’t such a big deal since people aren’t going to be staring you down and checking every single detail of your makeup. I honestly didn’t even notice this shadow in person until I started looking through the pictures on my computer.

Anyway, you want to use the concealer to go over the parts you want to essentially “erase.” I used the doefoot applicator that was already provided with the concealer but you may want to use a brush to achieve a crisper and more precise application. Once you apply the concealer you want to pat it in with your finger or the same brush you were using before. This method is great if you already have your foundation and face makeup on but besides that it’s as simple as pie!

Using this makeup remover method is just as easy but I recommend using this method if you haven’t done your foundation yet. I use normal cotton rounds, fold them in half, and just apply a little bit of makeup remover to the corner. Then I take that folded corner and go over the part of the liner I want to remove, remember you’re using makeup remover so anything that is in its way will be removed too: for instance, foundation or concealer. I use the corner of the cotton round because it creates the straightest lines possible.

As you can see in the last picture there is a slight difference at the end of the wing, it is thinner and slowly fades but it’s still sharp. You can even use this method to remove any eyeshadow that was blended further out than your eyeliner too.

Hope these tips save you some heartache while doing your makeup. If you want to know a simple way of getting a pretty straight winged liner every time, check out my previous post using the tape method. Until next time, peace out!

 

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January 17, 2017
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How To: Winged Eyeliner [Tape Method]*

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Have you always wanted that perfect winged liner but you can never get that straight line? Well let me give you this simple tip, use tape! Let’s go step-by-step to an easy method to get the perfect wing:

  1. Find some Scotch tape and put it on the back of your hand. You want to lift the tape a few times off your hand to get rid of most of the tackiness. This helps to prevent the tape from tugging on your skin when you remove it at the end.
  2.  Align the tape at the angle you want your liner to have but make sure you keep it away from your waterline for safety reasons. Make sure both eyes have the same angle, we don’t want two different looking wings!
  3. Get your eyeliner out, can be gel, liquid, or pencil. I personally prefer liquid and gel liner for my winged liner. My go to liquid liners are Sephora’s Classic Line 24HR Felt Eyeliner, Lancôme’s Grandiôse Bendable Liquid Eyeliner, and Maybelline’s  Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner. My favorite gel liners are Inglot’s AMC Eyeliner Gel in 77 and Maybelline’s Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner.
  4. Start the line from your waterline and then up the side of the tape until where you want your liner to end. I usually stop halfway between my eyebrow and the waterline, except in this tutorial where I took it up much higher for demonstration purposes. If you take it up too high you can always fix it later with concealer or a makeup wipe, which there will be a tutorial up in a few days.
  5. Once the line is done you want to branch out the second line of your liner. You can start the second line from whichever point you want. The closer to the waterline you branch out the longer your liner’s tail will be. I try to branch the second line right at the end or right before the end of my liner as you can see in picture number 5. The point of this second line is to connect it back to your lid to make that wing/triangle shape.
  6. Bring that second line diagonally down towards your lid while creating that triangle outline.
  7. Line the rest of your upper lashline and remember to try and keep the line thinner as you go towards the inner corner (area closer to your nose). If you keep the line thinner it will help create an illusion that the eye is lifted and larger. You do not have to go all the way into your inner corner if you do not want to. I take the liner to different lengths of my lid depending on the look I am trying to achieve that day.
  8. Fill in the liner completely and make sure there are no empty spaces.
  9. Your liner should be completely done, just double check for any edges you may want to go over and make sure both eyes are similar in thickness.
  10. Remove tape and voila! You have the perfect winged liner.

Hope this helps any beginners or people who struggle getting straight lines! If you do not want to put tape on your skin, you can use a tissue and hold it in place while you follow all the steps. If you have any questions just leave them down below. After using this method for a while I was able to do my liner without tape and achieve almost the exact same result. So don’t give up and keep practicing because we all know winged liner takes time to master. Until next time, peace out!

P.S. For this tutorial I used Lancôme’s Grandiôse Bendable Liquid Eyeliner in Black.

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January 11, 2017
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Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye in Glam Nude Review + Tutorial*

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The latest 411 on Physicians Formula’s Shimmer Strips Custom Eye in Glam Nude! Let’s start off with the fact that this eyeshadow palette is 100% shimmer with no matte shades. If you are someone that likes a mix of both matte and shimmer in one palette this may not be for you unless you don’t mind bringing in other shadows from your collection. Now, knowing that this palette is all shimmer the next thing you need to know is that there is lots of shimmer fallout. You can see in some of the closeup pictures of my eyes there is shimmer underneath and I had some on my cheeks as well. If you are someone that does their base first, I totally suggest you rewind and start with your eyes first if you’re using this palette. The best way to reduce the fallout would be to have a napkin pressed under your eyes to catch whatever falls or simply use the tape trick. No matter what, I can never manage to remove it all so I just roll with it unless you know, I look like I was hit with a BeDazzler.

Anyway, I wore this eyelook with only one eye primed with Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance to see if there was any noticeable differences over time. Three hours into wearing the shadows I noticed no creasing, there seemed to be a bit more shimmer fallout on the cheeks, and the purple shadow on the bottom lashline seemed to be less vibrant. After eight hours, both eyes held up pretty well for being only shimmer and surprisingly no creasing either. Both eyes did show a bit of color fading so it seems that the primer did not affect performance and they did fade pretty evenly. Next time I plan to wear these shadows with some sort of glitter glue and see if that helps with fallout. In addition, I personally would’ve liked at least one matte eyeshadow in the crease instead but as you can see you can definitely use a shimmer shadow and have a nice eyelook.

This palette can be found at any of your local drugstores or even on Physicians Formula’s website. There are six different variations of this palette so if these shades aren’t calling your name don’t worry! The overall biggest con for me is the fallout and the fact that there is no matte shadows. The shadows did stick well to the skin, wore for a long time with just a bit of fading, and they weren’t chunky as you might expect from shimmer shadows. The palette comes with a small sponge tip applicator but I think the shadows apply best with a brush or fingers. The lightest pearl shade is the only one that may require a few more layers to get a good opaque color on the light but the rest are nicely pigmented.

Hope this review helped and until next time, peace out!

-I won a giveaway on Physicians Formula’s Instagram and was gifted a few of their products which included this eyeshadow palette-

September 12, 2016
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