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Makeup For Newbies: How To Perfect Your Eyeliner Every Time

Spoiler alert: Practice makes perfect.

Eyeliners have a bad reputation in the beauty world for being difficult to use. Nailing that perfect wing requires precision and patience. Whether you're a makeup newbie or someone with advanced skills, drawing the feline flick can be challenging. There are instances when you just want to give up and skip it entirely.


So how do you exactly perfect your winged liner? The simple answer is to practice applying eyeliner each time you can. The complicated solution, however, is that there are ~*techniques*~ that must be learned and followed. Ahead, the beginner-friendly eyeliner tutorials that will teach you how to draw a flawless feline flick, depending on the look that you want:

Eyeliner Tutorial: Eyeliner 101

Raiza Contawi Basic Eyeliner Tutorial
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At the beginning of quarantine, Raiza Contawi started a free masterclass series that taught all the basics of makeup application. This video details everything you need to know about eyeliner. From the different formulas to the techniques.

MAKEUP WORKSHOP: Perfecting Eyeliners & Lashes feat. Paul Unating (Part5/7) | Raiza Contawi

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Eyeliner Pen

If you're new to the cat-eye game, we highly suggest that you work with an eyeliner pen. The best person to teach this is Heart Evangelista—she is never seen without winged eyeliner. In this video, she shows the technique she uses to ace each flick. (Check the 6:02 mark.) She starts in the middle of the eyelid and brings the line upward. Then, she outlines the upper lashline and connects it to the flick.

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Liquid Eyeliner

When you want to score a classic. retro-inspired winged-eyeliner, follow Johnrey's technique! Here, she details how to make a feline flick work for hooded eyelids. Plus, she shows how to use with a liquid eyeliner—which is challenging to control.

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Eyeliner Tutorial: Winged Eyeliner For Hooded Eyelids

JessyLuxe Eyeliner Tutorial For Hooded Eyes
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Jessica Vu shared an in-depth eyeliner tutorial that shows the techniques that will help lift the shape of hooded eyelids. She also used two kinds of eyeliner—a brush-tip pen and a felt-tip pen to outline and fill in the wing.

Winged Eyeliner for Hooded, Asian Eyes

Eyeliner Tutorial: Tightlining

Hung Vanngo is Selena Gomez's go-to makeup artist. Other celebrity clients of his are Emily Ratajowski and Kaia Gerber. His signature makeup look is a second-skin foundation finish plus a bold eye. In this tutorial, Hung teaches the proper way to tightline using a kohl pencil. (Skip to the 7:05 mark.) Mastering this step is important if you want your smoky eye makeup look to appear bolder.

Full Face Drugstore Makeup Smoky Eyes | Hung Vanngo


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