One of the Hottest Makeup Trends of 2012 : Winged Eyeliner!

One of the Hottest Makeup Trends of 2012 : Winged Eyeliner!

The hottest and most seen make up trend for Fall/Winter 2012 has got to be the winged eyeliner look.  It’s been seen across the runways and is being worn everywhere in so many different ways.  It can be worn as thin line that just extends past the eye or super thick as shown below.  The winged eyeliner which gives a ‘cat eye’ look seems to have replaced the smoky eye and is here to stay! So to make sure your beauty routine is up to date, here are a few tips on how to get it right and stay on trend 🙂


To get the look: It’s best to use either a liquid liner or a gel liner with either an angled brush or liner brush.  I use the Bobby Brown gel liner with an angled brush because I find that it’s easiest to control that way.   Line the upper lash line as close as possible to the lashes, extending the outer end past the corner of the eye, then build on the thickness of the line focusing on the outer corner as thick as you would like it, giving it a ‘cat-eye’ effect. (More instructions and pictures below). Keep the liner on the lower lash line minimal.

 How to wear it now: 

  • Eyeshadow: For a daytime, office or vintage look, pair it with a nude eyeshadow. For an evening look use a bronze or gold eye shadow.  Both should have light but not obvious contouring in the crease using a brown shade.
  • Face:  The rest of your make up should be a ‘barely there’ make up look, using light contouring under the cheekbones for definition and very little blush on the apples of the cheeks.  The contouring should be done with matte vs. shimmery powders – ie. Try not to use bronzers for this look.
  • Lips: For the daytime or office, a nude, pale pink or even just a tinted lip balm will be fine since the look on the eyes is already quite intense. For an evening look it can be done with the season’s bold or red lip colours as you can see in this post about the top Fall/Winter Beauty Trends to try Now in South Africa.
  • Lashes: Full, volumized, curled and separated lashes is a must for this look! So make sure you curl your lashes and use a volumizing/ lengthening/ separating mascara (you can use one mascara that does it all, or layer on a couple of different mascaras to get the trick done.  I use Dior Show for extreme full volume, and follow with Make Up Forever Smoky Lash Mascara for length and separating).  Also focus on the length of the lashes on the outer corners of the eye to accentuate the cat eye effect of the look. To make sure your lashes are separated, you can use a dry mascara wand or an eyebrow comb to separate the lashes after your mascara has dried. (Do not do this while mascara is wet because it could cause the lashes to stick to the wand and pull out some of the lashes.)

Other Tips:

  • To get the perfect angle and symmetry of the ‘winged’ part of the liner (the part that extends past the eye),  use a credit card or something with a straight edge and align it with the outer corner of your lower lid (so you get the right angle) and trace the line extending out from you upper lash line.
  • If you make a mistake or any smudging occurs, you can use a Q-tip with some make up remover to erase it.
  • For small eyes you can start the liner in the middle of your lash line instead of the inner corner to make your eyes look bigger.

Different Ways It Can Be Worn:

1)  With a simple thin line that extends our past the corners of your eye – This is great for a day time or office look.

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2) With a  thicker bolder line, often using a dark grey/ black eye shadow to exaggerate itPerfect for an evening look.

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4) Double winged – with a second ‘winged’ line extending from the crease for a more dramatic look.

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5) Using a colour instead of black if you’re bored of black or want a colour that will make your eye colour pop.

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… And here’s a picture that I found that gives a great step-by-step guide to help us get it right 🙂

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If would like to see it being done, here’s a great video tutorial by  on Youtube that I found 🙂


Hope you guys liked these tips! 🙂


Are there any other tips that you guys could share with us to perfect this look? How do you prefer to wear your eyeliner?  Share with us below so we can all be inspired:)


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