Winged eyeliner – you probably have a love hate relationship with this popular eyeliner style. And if you have hooded eyes, nailing this alluring eyeliner look might seem like a distant dream! But trust us, with the right technique, you can achieve the perfect winged eyeliner for hooded eyes every single time. Don’t believe us, try these steps for yourself!
Step 1 – Prepare your eyelids
You are probably eager to go in straight with your eyeliner and get started with your hooded eye makeup but wait! Before you pick up your eyeliner, you need to prep your eyelids to make sure your wings look sharp and intense all day. Prime your eyelids with a foundation or concealer and set it with powder to create a smooth and even base on your eyelids. Priming your eyelids not only makes your eyeliner look bold and dramatic but also increases its staying power. Make sure your foundation or concealer shade matches the rest of your face makeup as you do not want your eyelids to stand out. To find your foundation, concealer, and powder shade, answer some questions on the Maybelline Foundation Finder tool and get your base makeup shade match in just a few seconds.
To prime your eyelids, apply a very small amount of the foundation or concealer on your eyelid, just one dot on each eyelid is sufficient, and blend it out with a blending brush. Next, use a fluffy powder brush and set the liquid foundation or concealer with a powder to give your eyelids a flawless, airbrushed look. If you do not set your eyelids with powder, the oils from your eyelids and the liquid base makeup product will cause your eyeliner to smudge and fade as the day goes on.
Step 2 – Pick an eyeliner that you are most comfortable with
Liquid eyeliner, gel eyeliner, sketch pen eyeliner, the possibilities are endless. Just because your best friend swears by her pencil eyeliner does not mean you need to use the same product. Experiment with different formulas and eyeliner styles to find one that you are most comfortable with. The only thing to keep in mind when looking for an eyeliner for hooded eyes is to pick one that is smudge proof. The liner on hooded eyes is prone to smudging and fading due to the excess skin that folds over at the crease, so a smudge proof eyeliner will keep your wings sharp and mess-free all day long. Here are some options of smudge-free eyeliners that work wonders for hooded eyes –
1. Colossal Bold Liner – A smudge proof and waterproof liquid eyeliner that lasts up to 24 hours.
2. Line Tattoo High Impact Liner – A smudge resistant and water-resistant sketch pen liner that lasts up to 36 hours.
3. Tattoo Studio Gel Eyeliner Pencil – A waterproof and smudge proof gel eyeliner pencil that lasts up to 36 hours.
If all of these different eyeliners sound exciting and you cannot make up your mind, try out each of these Maybelline eyeliners in real time and without making a purchase by using the Maybelline Virtual Try On tool. All you need to do is upload your picture or click one using the Live Camera feature, select an eyeliner that you like, and voila! You can see yourself in the eyeliner from the comfort of your own home!
Step 3 – Draw the wing!
1. To start, draw a thin line from the outer corner of your eye towards your temple. Vary the length of this line depending on how dramatic you want your wing to be.
2. Next, look straight ahead and draw a small line from the topmost point of this line to the fold of your eyelid, creating a slanting < shape. Fill this shape in with your eyeliner.
3. Once your < is filled, look down and draw a diagonal and slightly curved line from the bottom corner of the triangle to the centre of your eyelid.
4. Fill in this shape to create your wing!
5. Using small strokes, line the rest of your eye starting from the inner corner and moving towards the wing, and your winged eyeliner for hooded eyes is complete!
If you are new to eyeliner, it might take a couple of tries for you to perfect this look! So, do not give up and keep trying till you achieve the perfect wing. For other hooded eyes liner tips, read the Ultimate Eyeliner Guide and learn how to apply eyeliner for your eye shape.