Get This Seasons Winged Eye

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Get This Seasons Winged Eye

From Cleopatra to Amy Winehouse, the classic eyeliner flick has been popular for years. This season it's your turn to redefine your eyes.

Lucie Tobin

Lucie Tobin

Health & Beauty Magazine Online Editor

Published 10th September 2008

From Cleopatra to Amy Winehouse, the classic eyeliner flick has been popular for years. This season it's your turn to redefine your eyes

The latest version of the smoky eye oozes siren sex appeal. Whether you use kohl liners, shadows, liquids or creams, a flick on the edge of the eye is a surprisingly easy look to master.

‘You’re less likely to make a mistake if you stencil the shape with a soft shadow, then go over it lightly with a fine liquid liner, slowly building up the colour density,’ says celebrity make-up artist Chase Aston. ‘If you have a few more minutes, try applying a few false lashes to the corners of the eye, this will exaggerate the “wing” and look even more dramatic.’

As ever, black is best for this look.

Top tips on getting the winged eye look

  1. Stencil the shape you want to create with a soft shadow. Start with a thin, tapered line at the inner corner of the eye, widening the line to around 0.5cm as you reach the part of the eyelid above the pupil, Start to taper it off again at the outside corner of the eye to create a flick pointing towards your temple that's as long as you dare.
  2. Do this on both eyes then check how it looks with both open and closed eyes. If it's ok, start to fill in the shape with liquid eyeliner or a sharpened kohl pencil.
  3. Build up the colour, then add more definition with plenty of mascara and a few false eyelashes glued to the outer corner.
  4. Remember, practice makes perfect.

Tamara Corin takes you through the best styles to complement the look

The high brow
Brows are more artfully defined to frame the '50s face and open up the eye. Brush eyebrow hairs towards the top of temples, fill in with a brow powder, a shade lighter than your natural brow, and finally hold in place with a brow gel.

Perfect flawless skin
The difference this season is matt skin. Whether you have pale, black or olive skin, it’s all about coverage. Create a soft-focus velvety finish with a foundation that matches your skin tone followed by a dusting of loose powder. Keep shine at bay with a fine compact powder during the day.

Nude lips
Strong eyes require a softer mouth. Lightly pat lips with a touch of foundation or powder then finish with a sheer balm or gloss to enhance your natural lip tone.

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Written by Tamara Corin

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