A not Boring Take on Classic Winged Liner

Confession: makeup tutorial videos got me asleep. Not because they are boring! It's just that I'm slipping somewhere between the curling brush strokes and the cold tongues. It's basically ASMR. (Sometimes they're actually ASMR!) In evenings where I just can't quite get myself there, I hop on my favorite social platform du jour and let a very talented makeup artist or two or 13 fall asleep. It's really the only thing that works. Unfortunately, my plan is occasional – I stumble across a makeup tutorial too good, and my wired night brain starts to crawl around how I can do it to myself immediately. And that's exactly what happened when I started to spot the butterfly eyeliner all over TikTok. Maybe I should just take melatonin? This is the one that really got me:


don't let this flop 😔😔 #foryoupage #foryou #fyp #mua #makeuptutorial #ThatsWhatILike #gymrush #HMmerchformation

♬ original sound – vintage

So beautiful! So unexpectedly! So fast? I've watched it a million times to get it right. And then I finally did it. Be warned: it's not easy. It's definitely not for every day. But this do looks very impressive – and all you need are two eyeliners (& # 39; a black and & # 39; a white), & # 39; a small brush and & # 39; some eyeshadow. If you want to look at home, this handy step-by-step partition is a great place to start.

step 1

Start with a twist

Create a winged liner, as you normally would. It helps to use a liquid liner with a pen format with a very, very fine tip, because you will need it again for detail work later. I used Glossier Pro Tip, but Stila Micro Tip is another great option. Here's a great video tutorial for just this step, if you're still shaky about your basics.

step 2

Pull your wing

Sketch the shape of your wing with a white liquid liner. Again, a pen formula is best for precision – I used Colourpop's. This will brighten the colors you use on the top, and also give you a border so that your wings come out evenly. Start from the outer corner of your eye and use the wing you just pulled as a guide. Then draw a tear mold to about a third of your bottom lash line. Fill in white.

step 3

Put it in technicolor

Use a super small brush (something like this Morphe brush is good, or you can even use a small paint brush) and add color. I used Marc Jacobs lashes, but you can get really creative here. Use something you already have, but never use! Mix different colors on each eye! The brighter the shades, the better it will look.

step 4

And add the details

Then go back in with your black eyeliner. This is when it is important to use something with a fine tip! Sketch the colored section and attach it to your black wing, and then draw out the details on the wing. A light hand is needed here. Don't worry if it's not perfect – it's organic shapes so you can't really know, but try to draw with every confidence. It's easier to go slow than fixing a line you don't like.

step 5

Then make the finish

Finally, finish with some details with your white lining. Some dots make the wing look realistic, and the lights of white lights are worked up where your color may have blended. You can also line your inland waterline with it or leave it at rest. That's it! If you have achieved this so far, give yourself a pat on the back.

—Ali Oshinsky

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