Classic Wing


I remember back in college (circa 2006) I purchased a book called The Modern Girls Guide to Life. The book outlined information on entertaining, sex, defining your look and taking a modern approach on building a fabulous life. I still have the book and recently looked back on makeup tips just to see if the advice was indeed timeless. The author, Jane Buckingham mentioned that she used to wing her liner to make her eyes appear bigger and that it was a total mistake. While I agree a wing doesn’t make the eye appear bigger, a wing does add a touch of sex appeal and I find myself doing it whenever I want to jazz up my routine.

When I’m headed for a night out, I like to make my wing thick and dramatic but for a workday like today, I sport a toned down version. For a muted wing, I like to use a liner that gives me the most control since I keep the line very thin and close to the lash. I’m currently using Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Eye Liner in black. The curve of the pen makes it easy to apply, and one coat shows extremely well. Because clumsy is my middle name, I usually apply shorter strokes across the eyelid to ensure I don’t make the line too thick.

Once I reach the outside of the eye, I do a quick release in an upward motion to ensure the wing doesn’t extend too far. This is key to ensuring the eye is not too dramatic for the workplace. Pair with neutral lips and a peachy brown in the crease of the eye so that the eyes remain the focal point. Today I used my favorite nude, MAC Lipstick in Cherish and I used the “Salted Caramel” color from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette on the eyes.


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