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How to wing it

Strong eyeliner is a key look this season and we stand by the classic cat-eye flick every time. Get it right with these tips…

Sonam Basantani
2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
  • Wing it.

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  • Huda Beauty Mink Lashes in Bridget, Dh185.

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  • Gucci Eye Powder Liquid Liner in Iconic Black, Dh195, Harvey Nichols.

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  • Bobbi Brown Gel Liner, Dh136.

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  • Bourjois Erasable liner, Dh72, Boots.

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1 Start with a clean, clear base on your eyelid. Use concealer dusted with translucent powder or, if you have one, an eyeshadow primer in a neutral shade.

2 Pick your poison: felt-tip pen liner, gel liner or liquid. If you’re a beginner, it’s best to use a felt-tip; gel liner if you’re at an intermediate level; and liquid if you consider yourself a cat-eye connoisseur.

3 Once you’ve chosen your formula, fold a tissue in half and place it so it connects diagonally from the outer corner of your eye to the edge of your eyebrow. Next, employ the three-dot technique: use your eyeliner to mark three specific places – where you want the liner to begin, the end of the line where the wing begins, and finally a third one at the end point of the wing.

4 Now connect the dots! Practise makes perfect, so keep cotton buds and make-up remover handy to clean up any uneven edges.

5 Finish with lashings of mascara. For even more drama, use a pair of false lashes that are longer towards the outer corner of the eye.

Sonam Basantani

By Sonam Basantani