Double-Winged Liner

Having a fab Wednesday, are we, bloglets? As promised, I'm posting some more ideas on how to amp up your eye makeup game using double-winged liner. I think it adds just a little bit of an edge to the classic cat-eye so I've been doing it more often as of late. Pretty fun. 

As with pretty much all things makeup, there are several ways to do this.

Ready to be a wingman? :)


One strategy for the double-winged liner look is to wing out the top lash line AND the bottom lash line with liquid liner WITHOUT connecting the two. You'll come up with something like this. 

Double-Winged Eyeliner Ideas

Your top and bottom liner colors don't have to match, but just for the sake of contrast and visibility, I did black on both the top and bottom. I drew mine completely parallel, but you can also shorten the bottom wing and curve it downward, which creates for the bottom lash line what the cat-eye does for the top lash—a bit of an illusion of a fanned-out eyelash. 

BONUS TIP: When drawing parallel wings, I like to keep the bottom wing slightly shorter than the top wing to ensure the focus is still on the top lash line, which lifts your eye up and out. 


Another way you can double-wing it is with stacked liner.

I love doing this, and the cherry on top is that it's rather simple :) All I did here was draw my black cat eye with some black liquid liner, and then I just used a crystallized gold liner and drew an identical line just north of that. And by north, I mean above, not on top of. Think of it as STACKED, like in Tetris, not OVER TOP OF like a topcoat of nail polish.

I wish it was more intense in these pictures because, in real life, it's very noticeable, but as I've said before in my photography makeup post, you lose shimmer in photos. *Sadness*

Double-Winged Eyeliner Ideas

For this look, you WILL want to use two different colors of liquid liner because if you use two of the same color or two that don't have much contrast (like dark purple and black), you're obviously just going to come away looking like you just have really thick liner, and there will be no double-wing effect.

Also, the key here is in making sure the liners are completely parallel so it looks intentional, sharp, and modern, not sloppy.


Finally, if you didn't see yesterday's post, I achieved the double-wing yesternight by creating a separation between my cat-eye liner and the cut crease I built with my eyeshadow.

I call this one the "negative space double wing." And by "I call this," I mean "I just made that term up so I'm GOING TO START calling this the 'negative space double wing' because that negative space (the area without any liner) is what accentuates the double-wing."

Again, the trick is to keep the wings parallel. I apologize; in these open-eyed photos, you can't really see the "bald" area because my lashes are kind of in the way of the cut crease. 

Double-Winged Eyeliner Ideas

Also, I realize the eye picture on the bottom isn't great quality. I had to zoom in pretty far after the fact so we lost some picture quality, but I hope you can tell that the shadow doesn't go all the way down to the wing in the outer corners. That empty space is going to create the illusion of that double wing.

Go spread your wings!