"How do I get my eyeliner wings even?!"

- Mel

Before I get into this, I'm gonna share something important with you, so listen up! I have been doing makeup for over 15 years. I did a world tour with Selena freakin' Gomez. I do cat eyes allll the time as part of my JOB. And yet, I sometimes *still* don't get my wings even! GASP! Also, even when I do get them even, it is often through adjusting one side with a bit of remover on a q-tip to get it just right....I don't nail it on the very first try.

Does that make you breathe a sigh of relief? Or does it make you think 'Well, if she can't even do it, there's no hope for me!' Allow me to be the messenger for something that I doubt you've even thought before: you don't actually have to get your eyeliner wings perfectly even in order to look great! Blasphemy, I know, but it's actually true.

The real truth is that you only need to get them to be similar. If there's a huge difference in your wings, yes, it is noticeable, but if the difference is pretty small...in my humble opinion you are good to go! As women we have GOT to let go of our typically critical, perfectionistic attitude. I get the impression that most women who struggle with liquid liner think they are just supposed to whack on a perfect flick in one stroke per eye like some sort of eyeliner goddess, and then walk out the door feeling like the Beyoncé of makeup. But this just isn't how it goes down! Like I said before, even when I do get my flicks even, it's often because I did both sides and needed to adjust one. But ya know what? That is a totally acceptable process! You have to keep in mind that it's all about the end result, not how you get there. Now that I've given you my 'anti-perfection' spiel, here's a few tips on how you can improve your skills, and get your liner into that very close (and yes, sometimes perfect) range:

1. Do the line for the wing FIRST. It's a lot easier for you to see the difference between your two eyeliner wings when you're not also trying to analyze if the line you drew on your lash line is the same shape, even in thickness, etc. When you draw the flick at the outer corner first, it allows you to see more clearly how you can adjust them to be more even. Try this...I swear it helps.

2. Use an anchor point to plan your wing. If you have a trajectory in mind for your wing, it makes it a whole lot easier to wrap your head around and create symmetry on both sides. Some women aim their wing towards the very tail end of their eyebrow (I like this one), and some women create a line that continues upwards from their lower lash-line. Having any kind of visual cue like this will help you so you don't feel like you are just winging it (pun intended).

3. Be prepared for some adjusting. It is 1000000% OK if you need to try to even out your wings because they aren't even enough initially. Use a tiny q-tip OR a flat makeup brush dipped in a bit of remover, and do your best to create some more symmetry. Don't get frustrated when you have to repeat this a few times. What I am trying to get you to understand is that this is a very normal part of the process! Now that you can anticipate it, hopefully it takes some of the pressure off so you can focus on getting the result you want instead of beating yourself up for 'messing up again'.

Outside of these tips, make sure you are using a good product that you personally find easiest to apply. For some women, using a gel liner (I love this one from L'Oreal) with a separate eyeliner brush is easiest. For others, a 'pen style' liner like this one from Kat Von D is easier to maneuver. Try out a few different types of liner to see what consistency gives you the best results, and you might be surprised that this improves your accuracy on its own. No matter what product you choose, or how you choose to apply it, have fun and don't be too hard on yourself when it comes to getting ready. I promise you, you look great!

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