I didn’t start wearing the classic liquid/gel winged eyeliner until very late in life. Very, very late. If you’ve been frequenting thenellybean for a while, you’ll know how much I love my eyeliner pencils. Especially my many brown ones. They just work with my hooded, asymmetrical lids and they’re so easy to use for all kinds of looks. So, why did I branch out into liquid liner? I’ll be honest, it was mostly curiosity. If there’s one thing renowned for skill and precision in the world of makeup, it’s creating the perfect wing – on both eyes. It hasn’t led to the creation of stencils and various Instagram techniques involving the use of household items for nothing.
Naturally, my curiosity has led to a lot more experimenting than I’d care to admit, and I’ve recently stumbled on a wee trick that seems to work pretty well for me. I like to call it the stamp eye. It’s quite literally what it sounds like – a stamping technique. Let’s get to it.
What You’ll Need
A felt-tip eyeliner pen
Preferably with a long, slim and fairly straight nib. I’ve grown to love felt tips over other liner types because I find that I just get much better control and cleaner lines. For the purposes of this post, I’ve used the MUA Eye Define Felt Liner in black. If you’re looking to replenish your eyeliner pen stocks, I have a couple of recommendations you might like – I’ll include them at the bottom of the post.
Create The Look
Step 1: Line it up.
Line up the outer edge of your pen with your bottom lid – it’ll usually point towards the tail of your brow. Get the base of the nib level with the outer corner of your eye too. It might help to keep your eyes half closed and lids pointing downwards whilst you do this.
Step 2: Stamp it.
Go right ahead and press the nib to your eye. Don’t worry too much about precision here – just give yourself a general guide of the flick. Be fairly firm too, particularly if your pen is running out.
Step 3: Wing it.
Fix that wing shape you’ve just created until you get your ideal wing – lengthen it, thicken it, do whatever you like. Fill in any patchy areas in the wing too.
Step 4: Line the rest of the eye.
Get your liner onto the rest of the top lid. Don’t worry about connecting it to the wing just yet, simply get the liner on until your lid is lined all the way across.
Step 5: Connect the wing and the line.
All you have to do now is connect the wing and the line you’ve just created. Make this as thick or as slim as you like, depending on your eye shape and your preferences. Personally, I have hooded eyelids and I find that any makeup that I apply very close to the lash line tends to disappear, particularly at the outer corners where the skin folds over itself more. This is why I tend to I amp up the thickness a little to make sure it’s visible when I have my eyes open (blinking only lasts for a fraction of a second, sadly).
Repeat the exact same steps for the other eye and you’re finished! Now is a good time to clean up any edges with concealer, particularly on the outer edge of the wing. If you spot any flesh-coloured gaps between your liner and your lid, grab a black kohl pencil (or a pencil in the same shade as your eyeliner pen) and do some tight lining. Finish with mascara.
Here’s my finished look – notice the autumnal lip (teehee). Hope you’ve enjoyed this post, it really helped me with my liner game and I wish I’d discovered it sooner – could have saved me a lot of splodges and avant-garde-looking panda eyes. What about you? Do you have any nifty tips and tricks in your eyeliner cheat sheet? We’d love to hear them! You go girl.
Psst… Eyeliner Picks: