Eyeliner School Makeup

Eyeliner School: The soft wing

99 times out of 100 when I’m doing my makeup in the morning the last thing I want to do is struggle with a winged liner. Its just so much work and so easy to mess up! Unless you use a trick.

This is a way to get a really soft and sweet wing that is also VERY forgiving is to use eyeshadow instead of eyeliner! (Which made it hard to decide on whether to call this eyeliner or eye shadow school!)


Dip the small end of the brush into a dark (or bright come to think of it) eye shadow and start your wing at the outer 3rd of your eye drawing toward the end of your brow.
You can leave it like that or if you’d like to have a lower line as well start it softly beneath your pupil and draw to meet up with the top wing.

Pretty simple eh?

Happy Hump day!



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    Gemma Louise
    April 22, 2015 at 6:01 am

    This is such a pretty look! xx

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    April 22, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Do you have any suggestions on how to do this for someone who has hooded lids and the skin folds in the corner of the eye right where the “wing” should go? I have tried a winged liner so many times, but when I open my eye, the wing disappears under the fold. Thanks!

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      April 22, 2015 at 8:21 am

      I have the same problem! And my eyes turn down at the corners, swallowing the wing further.

      I like to do a bright liner under the eye since I can’t do wings.

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        April 22, 2015 at 8:34 am

        My eyes turn down a bit, too! It’s so nice to know I’m not alone 🙂

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      April 23, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      This lady is super sweet and helpful! Her videos are long but give good info! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXCQOWc7TGQ I personally like the one where you place a dot where you want the liner to end then draw a line from that to your lashes… that will make more sense if you watch her video 🙂
      There are TONS of videos on Youtube for hooded eyes. Of course some are more helpful than others.

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        April 24, 2015 at 7:02 am

        Thank you so very much!! Super helpful!!

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    April 22, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Hi Cara! When you use this method do you leave your eyelid relaxed or pull it taut?

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      April 22, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Yes! This is a great question that I would love to know the answer to.

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    The Busy Brunette
    April 22, 2015 at 6:53 am

    That is a really cool look! Thanks for sharing… I will definitely be trying this.

    I am a newer follower of your blog but I love it. You have great tips and tricks!

    The Busy Brunette from http://thebusybrunette.blogspot.com/

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    April 22, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Many times when I do a lower liner with eyeshadow, it tends to disappear throughout the day or smudge (come to think of it, my eyeliner often does too), especially during warmer months. Is there a way to avoid this/any tips or tricks? (I use urban decay primer before.)

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    April 22, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I often use shadow to line. I find it helpful to dip my brush is an setting spray first (ELF and NYX are affordable and good quality) , this helps prevent fall out when applying, and that line won’t budge all day!

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    April 22, 2015 at 11:11 am

    what color eye shadow are you wearing? It’s lovely!

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    April 22, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I’m rubbish when it comes to eyeliner — I just can’t get the hang of it! I’ll definitely have to try this! It looks so good. I love that it’s obvious, but soft so it’s definitely more wearable. Thanks for this tip, Cara!


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    April 22, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    So pretty Cara, and I love that this is doable!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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    Daisy - émoi émoi
    April 23, 2015 at 3:37 am

    Love this look!!


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    April 23, 2015 at 7:35 am

    This looks so pretty!! I’d also like to know what eyeshadow you’re using! 🙂

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    June 4, 2015 at 6:47 am

    I love this! This is a great idea especially for mornings when you’re in a rush.
    I often wear winged eyeliner but use liquid eyeliner and some days my hand just isn’t steady enough. But than you for this trick because I’ll definitely be using this from now on!

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