Double-Winged Eyeliner Is the Impressive New Beauty Look Anyone Can Master


Don’t get us wrong: we adore the master minimalist’s natural makeup look. But, every now and again, when the mood hits, it’s time for something truly spectacular. If you’ve mastered trends like glitter eyeshadow and crimson double-winged eyeliner, there’s one more significant beauty trend you should try: Welcome to the world of double-winged eyeliner. This graphic makeup look is utterly out there in the greatest way, and it’s also an eyeliner style that can be used in a million different ways.

Are you ready to attempt this cutting-edge beauty trend? An easy double-winged eyeliner makeup lesson is included below, as well as a few celebrity-approved ways to wear the look.

Lauren Berlingeri, a makeup artist located in New Jersey, has worked with several high-end salons and luxury beauty brands. She’s done hair and makeup for weddings, New York Fashion Week, New York Bridal Fashion Week, commercial shoots, and TV shows like “Say Yes to the Dress.”

How to Do Double-Winged Eyeliner, Step-by-Step

You’ll want to make sure you have the correct product before you start learning how to perform double-winged eyeliner. This makeup method truly only requires one product: a smudge-proof eyeliner.

It’s entirely up to you the type of eyeliner you use to create your double wing; gel and pencil eyeliners both work nicely depending on the wing design you’re going for. A long-wear liquid eyeliner, like the KVD VEGAN BEAUTY Tattoo Liner, will give you ultra-crisp, super-saturated lines that make a significant effect most of the time. You might even want to seek a waterproof eyeliner if you want to wear it for a long time. 

An eye shadow primer, your favorite mascara, a couple of Q-tips (for precise cleanup), and eye shadow are a few more items you’ll probably want to have on hand (if using).

Step 1: Prep the eye area

Makeup preparation is always important, but it’s more important when you’re spending time and effort on a look that emphasizes precise, defined lines. You don’t want to spend 20 minutes on a makeup look that smears as soon as you leave the house.

If you want to create an eyeliner-only look (i.e. no eyeshadow), use an eyeliner brush to apply an eye primer like THE BEAUTY CROP Stuck On You Eyeshadow Primer right along the lash line and any other areas where you’ll be placing liner. 

If you’re going to utilize eyeshadow, a lighter concealer can be a better option to make your eye makeup stay place and shine out. According to makeup artist Lauren Berlingeri, “prepping the eye with a concealer that’s roughly two shades lighter than your real hue can definitely make the shadow pop a lot more.” “Apply the concealer all over the lid, as well as anywhere you’re applying eye shadow. This will produce a faultless basis for your double winged eyeliner shadow and liner by smoothing the eye.”


Step 2: Apply eyeshadow

Apply any makeup shade you like to your eye region and blend well if you’re using it. When it comes to making a huge impression, Berlingeri has some sound advice: “After stamping the eyeshadow on, mix the matte colors together. You’re not going to get a lot of color payoff if you blend first.”

Step 3: Create your first wing 

It’s time to make your initial wing now that you have a nicely primed nude lid or a smooth lid topped with shadow. This wing is simple to create because it’s essentially just a swooping, fluid line that hugs the upper lash line and continues beyond the outer corner of the eye.

Do you need some help mastering this timeless eye makeup look? Here’s a link to our whole winged eyeliner instruction. We’ve even given some pointers on how to make it fit your eye shape.

Step 4: Create your second wing

Now comes the exciting part. There are no guidelines for making your second wing. Swoop it along the bottom lash line, continuing out slightly below the top wing, is a popular technique for generating a second winged line (but leaving some negative space between the two lines).

With your second wing, you may also try making a cut crease. Following a clean cat eye along the upper lash line, draw an arching line through your cut crease with your eyeliner, linking the end to the tip of the cat-eye.

Berlingeri recommends applying the second wing along the lower lash line first if you’re doing a second wing. As you gaze up, your top line will not transfer to your lid or brow bone.

Step 5: Craft a full makeup look that helps this eye makeup shine

Consider keeping the rest of your makeup look somewhat neutral if you truly want this cutting-edge eye makeup look to stand out.

“If you’re going for a certain look, make sure that’s the one thing you pop,” Berlingeri advises. “I’d go with a neutral lip and blush; this way, your eyes will be the focal point, and the rest of your makeup won’t clash.”

Step 6: Apply mascara

Finish by curling your lashes and applying a couple of swipes of your favorite mascara formula if you’re comfortable with both of your winged lines and the rest of your face makeup.

If you want to make sure your mascara doesn’t run (and destroy your well-made lines), choose a waterproof mascara.

8 Double-Winged Eyeliner Looks to Try

Are you looking for some new ideas? Here are eight celebrities who recently wore this daring beauty style. If you’re unsure where to begin, utilize these samples as inspiration while creating your own amazing eye makeup.

1. Negative Space

There’s no need to overthink this striking look. Simply draw two gentle lines, one traditional cat eye along the upper lash line and the other gently arching along the cut crease, as Yara Shahidi does above. To open up your eyes and make them pop, use a lengthening mascara.

2. Stacked Lines

Create a layered double-winged effect with a black base and a stronger eyeshadow hue applied on top for a splash of color. With a black and white double wing, Rihanna accomplishes this. This classic combination will compliment any eye color or skin tone, but feel free to experiment with other colors. Something like the GLAMOUR DOLLS Retractable Gel Eyeliner in electrifying blue may instantly transform your liner.

3. Outer V

With this extra-bold style, lean into the drama of it all. To begin, draw a really thick winged line (don’t be afraid to go all out!). Then, as a finishing touch, draw a delicate, thin line slanting down from the outer corner of the eye. The thick line is undoubtedly the show-stopper, but it’s the extra second wing that will have everyone looking twice.


4. More Is More

More isn’t always better! Crisp black tightening, bronzed lids, and a linked, arched double-wing: this double winged eyeliner has it everything. It’s hectic, but everything runs smoothly. To recreate this really amazing makeup idea, copy Janelle’s timeless color combination or experiment with your own palette.5. Smoky Split Wing

5. Smoky Split Wing

provides an unexpected Smokey eye-inspired alternative. Put down the liquid liner and go for a soft gel liner like ARACELI BEAUTY Ojos Perfectos Gel Pencil Eyeliner to recreate these delicately smeared lines at home. Curve the wings in opposite directions by swiping the pencil along the upper and lower lash lines. Then, very gently, smear the lines and wipe off those sharp edges with a Q-tip or makeup smudge. This eyeliner style is characterized by extremely sharp lines. Olivia Wilde, on the other hand, 

6. Micro Gap

Want to try this trend without piling on the product? Instead of creating lines that begin all the way in the inner corners of the eyes, try starting in the center of the eye like Lily Collins does here. This can help to open up the eye area while still allowing you to experiment with a double wing. 

To actively illuminate the inner eye you left liner-free, you might even try dabbing on a bit of white or champagne-hued eyeshadow to create a highlighting effect. 

7. Dreamy Diagonals 

If you’ve mastered Lily Collins’ minimalist double wing and want to amp up the drama, keep the outside wings the same but apply liner to the inner corners of your eyes. This desirable blend between a classic Cleopatra-inspired look and a cutting-edge graphic design is this unusual take on cat eye makeup.

8. Color Blocked

Replace the black eyeliner with a colored option to kick up the intensity of this look. Camila Mendes takes the eyeliner trend to the next level by adorning the inner corners of her eyes with complementary-colored rhinestones. If this isn’t festival makeup inspiration, we don’t know what is.

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