Makeup How To: Winged Eyeliner

When it comes to makeup, less is more. I always think that before getting started on my face (thanks to my Mom ). So it’s no surprise my all-time favorite beauty look is a fresh face accented with classic black winged eyeliner.

A lot of people are afraid of liquid liner. And for good reason! At first, it can be a little tricky to work with. But, as with all things, practice makes perfect! I can practically do my liner sans mirror (emphasis on the “practically”) thanks to a little muscle memory from doing it so often.

Here are a few tips:

  • Using a black liquid liner with a very thin brush (I prefer mark Get in Line liquid liner) gently drag the brush along your lashline starting from the top inner corner of your eye toward the outer corner of your eye.
  • Be sure to follow the natural shape of your eye. When you try to change the shape of your eyes with liner, it actually makes them look smaller. Very counterproductive.
  • The trick is to line as close to the lashes as humanly possible.
  • The firmer you press the brush, the thicker the line will be.
  • Use a hands-free mirror and keep your eye relaxed and slightly open as you line.
  • This is very important: Once you finish lining your eye, do not blink for at least 10-15 seconds to allow the liner to dry.
  • After you have lined both eyes, be sure to compare the liner on each eye. Are they even? If not, simply take a pointed q-tip and lightly drag the line along the eye to make it symmetrical to the other eye.

Don’t worry if your liner isn’t perfect after your first try. It took me lots of practice to get it down.
Once you have mastered winged liner, upload a photo of the finished product to your profile page!
And if you have any other helpful tips on how to do winged liner, please share them in the comments below.

XO Lauren

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  • Coco O

    i really loooove this look. but does this look fit with small eyes?

  • Lauren Conrad

    @Coco: Yes, definitely–it opens them up!

  • Romy Caccavelli

    love it lauren. your eyes are beautiful, <3

  • Kellie Norton

    I absolutely love liquid liner! It lasts all day long without smudging! And I love your winged eye look! I use it when I want to look extra chic :)

  • Lauren Lance

    I love this :) I use marks get a line liquid eyeliner all the time and sell mark products , its great to use, I use it daily , makes your eyes have a elegant look <3 Im submitting a photo for you lauren :) <3

  • Kimberly

    It looks so easy when you do it, but I can’t do it.

    I’ve already tried it but it doesn’t work :(.


  • Ennr

    I love this look with Red Lipstick and a small bit of bronzer!

  • Lyriq Writes

    This is a very cute look and easy to do =)

  • Emmy Rho

    wow I can’t believe how easy you make that look! I want to try this but am worried the first few times I will end up with black eyes. Guess I will have to practice, practice, practice!


  • Jennifer Sellen

    I love the way this looks. I have the same exact eyeliner and I try to do it with my eyes open but I have such long lashes that they get in the way… any suggestions?? I end up having to put it on with my eyes shut but like you said it kinda makes my eyes look smaller which is ok sometimes but I like to make my liner thin so my eyes look more open. You know what I mean… LOL

  • kimmarie

    I’ve never tried this but so excited to asap!

  • Rachel Ross

    Which brand eyeliner do you use?

  • Constanza Galleguillos

    I loove this…I switched to liquid eyeliner since 2years now and it’s great…. also u don’t have to spend a lot of money on it, I preffer using th Maybelline LinerExpress liquid liner I love it cause the brush is stiff and that makes the line more steady and easy to do. =)

  • Jennifer Houlahan

    oh that looks awesome. Your mom is right – less is definitely more! :)

  • Cassidy Robinson

    what tyepe of eyeliner is she using?

  • petra nokelainen

    LC & winged eyeliner….It’s a legend!

  • saffy bt

    just like u im a begginer to put a make up & eyeliner if possible i make it.only when there is a party here.bcoz i dont usually put make up on my face.But thanks for the tip,ill keep @ do what u say. love yah!

  • felicia regalado

    She is using Mark “”get in line”” liquid eyeliner. its a line of cosmetics she promotes. Its a brand that is a branch off Avon. The line is very good quality. I use fluidline in “”blacktrack”” from MAC. with the sonia k slanted eye liner brush from target $5.99… Best brush to use if it is your first time… its slanted so it does not get in the way of your eye well applying liquid eyeliner.

  • diana seitanidou

    thank you! i have been waiting for such a post since i am a member here!! <3

  • tatjana love

    i loved this, Miss Lauren! Thank You so much! i am going to try it very soon.

  • Renos Fy

    i loved this, Miss Lauren! Thank You so much!

  • hollyinab

    Hey Lauren! I love this look!

    Just one thing, my liquid liner always ends up in the crease of my eyelid by the middle of the night! How can I keep everything in place? is it my eyeshadow or liner?


  • Sarah Tio

    Woow! I really like this video is helping me a lot! Thanks Lauren

  • Sarah Jarvis

    thanks for the tute! I will try this tomorrow night with a bit more confidence than previous times, now I’ve seen this :)

  • Kimberly Pinney

    Thanks Lauren, I have been trying to master this for a long time.

  • Amy Mayorga

    Thanks Lauren, it looks really easy the way you do but centanly won’t be that easy for me too..!

  • DREW Humphries

    Tried using the liquid liner for the cat eye this week and it works much better and shows a more dramatic look as opposed to the pencil! I never knew the exact way to shape it, either, so thanks for the live tips! 😉

    Hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend! 😉

  • ana089

    I love your style! (:

  • Emily Wells

    Super helpful, keep the makeup instruction videos coming!

  • Elena Pelucchi

    thanks lauren !!! It’s very usefull and you are so beautifull… baci dall’Italia!!!

  • Elena Deschanel

    Your really beautifull!

  • Michaela Werner

    Thanks for this tutorial! I’m always a bit afraid when it comes to get some eyeliner (and blush). Next time I will try your advice! :)

  • Pamela Soriano

    Thanks lauren i always have problem whit this.

  • carolina o

    Thanks Lauren for your tips are very useful, I’ll try to use liquid liner.

  • Stephanie Pandolfo

    I havnt mastered the eyeliner “”flick”” yet but I love using gel liners!

    Thank you for the tips :)

    Stephanie xx


    really helpful :) I love how you have it as a trademark, I think every girl should have a makeup trademark


  • iheartchocolatechipcookies

    LESS IS MORE. < SO true. :)

  • Casey Lynn

    @RACHEL ROSS: I read somewhere that Lauren uses Mark. brand liquid liner. I think it was in one of her previous posts. Hope that helps!!!

    Check out my blog!!

    :) xo

  • Nell

    I always admire your make-up. So natural and fresh. That’s my everyday look


  • daisyjanine

    I always use liquid eyeliner, I’ve never used eyeshadow!

  • Britt

    i love thisss style.. i use it all time except also do eye shadow but i am thinking i won’t do eye shadow anymore

  • FIDM Fashion Club

    This is such a great idea! I am always afraid of going too far with my liquid eyeliner but this video is very inspiring and next time I’ll wait before I reach for my q-tips to see what I come up with. Very daring but I love it :)

  • Kimberly Sparks

    Prolly great. :) I’ll tell my mom about this tip since she loves putting make-up on her face.

  • Tammi Cruise

    Would this look work on someone who is 36? Also, would the black liner look good on someone with blue eyes and fair/light skin? Thank you so much, LOVE the video! :)

  • Emily Tourne

    I tried and tried but i just can’t pull it off. the begin looks good but then the wing is the hardest part, I look like cleopatra and not catty. I love this look but I don’t think I can do it. Any other eye looks ?

  • Lupsie

    FINALLLYYYYY!!! a post on how do your winged eye liner look…I’ve been trying it since you’ve been rocking it…thank you!!

  • Lauren Taylor

    I have been using liquid eyeliner since I was about 18/19 years old. I can’t do the pencil stuff anymore! I also recommend buying WetNWild liquid eyeliner, it’s super cheap and works just as well! You can get it for like 2 or 3 bucks at Walmart. I also swear by qtips! They help out ALOT!! Great tutorial, I think I may try this. (I usually wear my eyeliner on the bottom lid.)

  • Jacqueline

    Now we all know Lauren’s secret to the perfect winged eye. :)

  • Katya Shields

    I love this look so much :) I went and bought the mark eyeliner however it does not look like the one you’re using here…yours is much longer…so are you using the mark one here? or did i buy the wrong one?

  • Lezli Weis

    I love this! I went out and bought some liquid eyeliner just so I could try it! I’m not perfect yet, but I’m getting there! Thanks!

    Could you write a blog with some easy tips on how to style hair for people with long, fine, thin hair? That’s me! I’ve tried some things that have been posted on here, but it’s hard because I don’t have as much hair as you, and mine is definitely more fine! Thanks! Hopefully I win so I can use this exact eyeliner when I try next time!

  • Yaressy Ramos

    this would help me a lot! thanks!!

  • Arwa Abdullah

    thanks!! =D

  • jenna

    I’ve got hooded eyes and i’ve found that its easier for me to start with the wing/ outside of the eye and work inwards. Its also easier to get your wing even! :)

  • Fanny Garcia

    that’s amazing!! thx lauren, I have an important diner tomorow night (boyfriend’s prents, fancy restaurant…)soo now I know how to do it!! you rock!

  • Brittany Beck

    More than likely, she is using a hook up! Buy any 2 hook up products from the mark line and receive a hook up FREE! Get in Line is $6 and LASTS FOREVER. Worth every penny.

    Go to my eBoutique… for the FULL line of mark. products!

    I’m doing a raffle right now and any $10 purchase gets you 1 raffle ticket! Register on my website as a new customer and you get 3 tickets, INCLUDING samples and a gift from me! :)

  • jackie wynoogst

    O.M.G. ty ty ty lauren i have always wondered how you did your eyeliner and what 1 you used! every time i watch my *the hills* dvd set ( which is every month! yes im addicted to it lol ) i always try and pause on your eyes when they do a close up to see how you do them.

    now i know !! xoxox

  • Frances Escalera

    I have found a trick to mastering the liquid eyeliner I start with a black pencil eyeliner to outline my eye. That makes it easier to use the liquid liner.

  • Caroline Freire Felizardo

    Lauren please answer what’s the blush that you’re using at this video? Please answer is so gorgeus <3

  • Sam

    Thank you so much, The tips were so helpful.
    i have not been able to master it before, but this helped so much.


  • Cami

    Great video. Your eyes look beautiful but too many steps for me. I use a cat eyeliner stencil from Beth Bender Beauty. You can pretty much achieve the same look in less than half the time.

    • Natalie

      Thank you for posting this! I never knew that these stencils existed and i’m super excited to get mine in the mail. Thanks again!

  • Dewi

    Love it xx

  • Michelle A

    Hi Lauren! I live in the uk and can’t buy mark make up here, can you suggest a good alternative? Xx

  • kubra menengic

    Dose anyone know how to do cat eyeline with liquid I need help

  • Nikki El Zenny

    Hi Lauren – Mark stopped selling our liner, it was also mine favorite. Have any other favorites?

  • Nikki El Zenny

    Hi Lauren – Mark stopped selling our favorite liner. Can you recommend new one? Ive tried a couple but none are as dark or they peel.

  • Lifecaretips

    Nice article. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. Looking forward for the next blog.

  • Alysha Paulsen

    My favourite eyeliner is the Soap and Glory Supercat liner and it is amazing and you can do really thin lines and really thick dramatic lines and it is £6

  • Pillsformedicine

    Thanks for sharing your simple tips. You can also buy generic latisse online to grow longer and darker eyelashes.

  • rogger binny

    Hi, Lauren I really like this Nice article. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I really agree with your eye liner products suggestion.

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  • Natalia

    She makes it look so easy!!

    XO, Natalia from



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