Winged eyeliner, demystified: Tips for a feline flick

Yes, winged eyeliner is hard to do. For me, it's tricky and time-consuming to this day, and I've really been practicing!

But there's no need to fear. Everyone can achieve this cute and sexy eye look — we just need to deconstruct it a bit.

First, your tools.

The liquid eyeliner that looks like a marker is more precise than the type with a little brush. You can find them at the drugstore. No surprise here, I like the Revlon one!

You'll also need some Q-tips and makeup remover. I always have to revise my work. I like to use one side dipped in makeup remover (preferably something like a cleansing water — you don't want something greasy that will move where you don't want it and take off the rest of your makeup), and the other side dry to wipe off the remover.

Next, take a look at your canvas. For some people, imagining the wing coming up at the same angle as the lower lashline works. For me, I like to line up the outer corner of my eye with the end of my eyebrow for reference.

I draw the wing first. Take your eyeliner, choose your reference point, and draw as straight a line as you can, barely applying any pressure. This is the outline of your wing.

Then, I hold the liner horizontally, parallel to my upper lashline, and starting at the middle of the eye, a draw a thin line as close to the lashes as possible. Use short, smooth strokes. Go in the direction of the wing.

Once you've finished that, visualize a straight line going from the highest point of the wing to the line you just drew along the lashes. Draw that line. You'll be left with a triangular shape. Fill it in and check your work.

Now, I think you should do one step at a time on each eye — it's less daunting trying to get the eyes to match if you're working on them simultaneously.

Regardless, they probably look a bit wonky and mismatched at this point. Q-tips to the rescue! Again, alternate your cleanup from eye to eye. Take off less than you think you need to. I'd hate for you to start all over!

To finish up, line the inner part of the lashline that we skipped earlier. My reasoning for this is that you'll be making a lot of adjustments to the outer half, and if you're doing the inner part at the same time, you'll end up with a much thicker line than ideal. The line should be thickest at the outer part and taper smoothly into the inner corner. Add mascara, slick on some gloss or a red lip, and if you suddenly feel the urge to purr, well, who am I to stop you?

Oh, this isn't a blurry photo — it's "mood lighting"