Get Wicked Smart with this Winged Liner Tutorial

Wicked Smart

Back to School season is upon us, and we’re here to school you on one of the trickiest makeup techniques of them all: winged eyeliner. Whether you want to master a sultry, smudged liner look or a super-sharp wing, Sigma’s Wicked Eyeliner Collection has a formula for any type of beauty lover that all work for any skill level. Don’t forget to add these ultra black, long-lasting liners to your back to school shopping list!

In the spirit of learning, we created the below step-by-step tutorial on how to create winged eyeliner use Sigma’s original and beauty blogger-approved Wicked Gel Liner.

Step 1:

The easiest way to practice winged liner, especially with a creamy gel formula like Sigma's Wicked Gel Liner, is on a clean bare eye. Once you've practiced a few times and start to get the hang of it, then try applying your liner layered on top of eyeshadow!

A clean, makeup-free brown eye up close

Step 1:

The easiest way to practice winged liner, especially with a creamy gel formula like Sigma's Wicked Gel Liner, is on a clean bare eye. Once you've practiced a few times and start to get the hang of it, then try applying your liner layered on top of eyeshadow!

A brown eye up close with a thin black line of Wicked Gel Liner on.

Step 2:

Use a pointed or angled eyeliner brush, such as Sigma's exclusive E06 Winged Liner™ brush, to draw a thin even line along the upper lash line. Tip: gently tug on the outer corner of your eye to pull the skin flat.

Step 3:

Next, extend the line along your upper lash line with a small thin line angled toward the end of your brow to create the tip of your wing. Tip: Start very small with the tip of your wing, because it's much harder to take away product than it is to add.

A close up of a brown eye with a thin black line of Wicked Gel Liner angled to create a small wing tip

Step 3:

Next, extend the line along your upper lash line with a small thin line angled toward the end of your brow to create the tip of your wing. Tip: Start very small with the tip of your wing, because it's much harder to take away product than it is to add.

A close up of a brown eye with Wicked Gel Liner applied in the shape of a wing

Step 4:

Once the tip of your wing is drawn, then draw another thin, straight line connecting the tip to the line along your upper lash line.

Step 5:

You've done all the hard work by this point and next comes the fun part! Take a sparing amount of the Wicked Gel Liner and carefully fill in the white space between the tip of your wing and the lash line. Tip: Be extremely careful to not ruin all your hard work creating the wing outline, and use small strokes with a very small amount of product to fill only the white space.

A brown eye with full black Wicked Gel Liner on in a wing pointed upward toward the brow

Step 5:

You've done all the hard work by this point and next comes the fun part! Take a sparing amount of the Wicked Gel Liner and carefully fill in the white space between the tip of your wing and the lash line. Tip: Be extremely careful to not ruin all your hard work creating the wing outline, and use small strokes with a very small amount of product to fill only the white space.

A brown eye with Wicked Gel Liner applied in a thick wing shape with mascara on the lashes

Step 6:

If you want to add more drama, now is a great time to gently extend the tip of your wing to add more sharpness or length. Then, add mascara or false lashes to make your eyeliner pop!


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