Creating a winged look takes practice — a lot of practice. Even if you get one eye right, you still have to make the other eye match, and that’s a skill that doesn’t happen right away. The key to mastering a winged look is using the right eyeliner and practicing until you can practically do it in your sleep.

Step One

Choose a liquid liner with a very thin brush. It doesn’t matter if the brush is felt tip or has bristles, as long as it’s thin and you feel comfortable using it.

Step Two

Start at the middle of your upper lid and create small dashes as close to your lash line as possible with the tip of your liquid liner. Work your way toward the outer corner of your eyelid.

Step Three

Use short strokes to connect these dashes to each other. Bring the eyeliner to the inner corner of your eye and draw a line from the tear duct to the beginning of the line you just created.

Step Four

Create your wing by placing the tip of your eyeliner at the outer corner of your eye and end of the line you just drew. Angle the wing toward your temple. Picture it as though your lower lash line extended up toward your temple and draw your wing at that angle. You can make your wing as long or short as you’d like. A longer wing is more dramatic, while a shorter wing gives a more subtle finish.

Step Five

Start at the tip of your wing and draw a diagonal line back toward the line you created on your upper lash line, forming an empty triangle. Fill the triangle in with eyeliner and go over the line on your upper lash line to make sure it’s cohesive with the wing.

Step Six

Repeat the steps on your other eye, doing your best to match the angle and the length of the wing you created on the first eye.