How To: Winged Eyeliner a la Taylor Swift

Hello. My name is Melissa and I’m addicted to Taylor Swift. I saw her in concert last week from the front row and I fell even deeper in love with this girl when I saw how flawless she was in person. Taylor pulls off the retro red lip and winged eyeliner combo perfectly, and therefore, is my inspiration for this month’s blog post.

Winged eyeliner is a great way to transform your daytime makeup into a sultry, more dramatic evening look. It can be paired with neutral, barely there colors (as seen on Angelina Jolie).

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Or you can take it up a notch with bright eye shadow and a
daring lipstick a la Taylor Swift.
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However you choose to rock the winged liner look, you must first conquer the some times tricky task of creating a smooth, symmetrical line. For the novice makeup junkie, I love to suggest using a black felt tip pen liner (like MAC’s Rapidblack Penultimate Liner, $17.50, The pen virtually does the work for you. For those a little more skilled in the liner department, try pairing gel eyeliner (like MAC’s Fluidline in Blacktrack, $15.00) and a small angled eyeliner brush (like MAC’s #266 Brush). To apply this easy-to use liner, I take my left hand and pull the lid taut. Then I use my right hand (this will be reversed if you’re left-handed) to draw the line starting about halfway across my lid, or right above the pupil, to the outer corner. You can extend the liner slightly past the outer corner for a more dramatic look.

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For extra pop, you can connect the line all the way to the inner corner of the eye, but for a more subtle finish just lining the outer half will do the trick. I tell my clients to pretend they are drawing on the lashes, instead of above the lash line. This trick will help you get as close to the lashes as possible. Using liner on the bottom lashline is totally up to you, depending on how dramatic you would like the end result to be. However, I do NOT recommend using liquid liner on the lower lashes. It’s a little too "Tammy Faye-ish" and its hard to create a natural finish. Finish the look with several coats of black mascara, and for the adventurous, a pair of fake lashes! And there you have it, the Taylor Swift signature look!

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Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

This is so helpful..and AWESOME!! I can never do this correctly but I am determined to get it right now

Regina of Live Delightfully said...

Hmmm... very interesting. I'm going to have to try this out sometime! :)

Melissa said...

I'm glad you liked this one! Are there are makeup looks on the red carpets or magazine covers that you're dying to recreate but not sure how? Let me know!I'd love to help :)

Rachel (Lines across my face) said...

Great tutorial. I have always liked this look but it didn't work well last time I tried it. I think it was because I was using the wrong kind of eyeliner. I would love it if you would stop by and share this at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
Hope to see you soon,

Melissa said...

I'm not sure how to share links, I am a complete dummy when it comes to the blogosphere, but I am learning. Hopefully Jennifer can help with that task.

The MAC liner I recommend "rapidblack penultimate liner" is a great tool for someone who is just learning. As I said, it virtually does the work for you. Try it out and let us know what you think <3

Good luck to those of you attempting this fun fall trend. We'd love to see some pictures of your finished result!

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

I love that winged eye look! I might have to try this!! My celeb style icon is Gwyneth Paltrow - I have a total girl crush on her!

Melissa said...

I love Gwyneth's style and how she's always flushed on the "apple" of her cheeks. Maybe that's what inspired her daughter's name? ;)

Unhip Chick said...

Melissa: I love this look, but does it work with a different color liner? My coloring is very fair and black liner is too dark for me.

Melissa said...

Unhip Chick: The great thing about this trend, is that it's popping up in all sorts of fun colors. "Phlox" is the pantone color of fall, it's close to an eggplant purple. That would be gorgeous on fair skin! Teal is also a fun color to play with. For a more neutral tone, try soft grey or brown. There are many options out there, and black is not the only option. Thank you for bringing up this point!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

This is such a labor of love! Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

April said...

I so wanna try this!!! I love your blog...I am your newest follower! I hope you will link up here..

April said...

thank you so much for linking up! I hope to see you next week!

Jami said...

Thanks so much for sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party! Can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!

I'd love to hear from you!