Before we begin, a word of warning: if you have hooded eyes (like me), mastering an ‘Insta-worthy’ cat eye is rather challenging. To put it into perspective I found going a day without caffeine much easier (and that’s saying something). My point is, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get it first go.

It’s true however that practice makes perfect (I can cook now, soft of) and with a little perseverance and these few tips and tricks, I’m confident you’ll get the swing of it.

  1. Look straight ahead. I found this key to creating a winged eyeliner (thanks Pixiwoo). Most video tutorials will encourage you to look downwards into a mirror (which is helpful for people with non-hooded eyes) but for people with hooded eyes, as soon as you look up again you’ll get transfer and the line will look wonky.
  2. If doing winged liner freehand terrifies you, use a guide. Place either a business card, tissue, surgical tape or something like Beauty Blender’s liner.designer from your bottom lash line up toward the end of your eyebrow.
  3. Find which products work best for you. Some people prefer to use a liquid pen (Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner and Kat Von D Ink Liner are some of my favourites) while others like to use a gel pot and angle brush.
  4. Practice, practice, practice! And then practice some more.

Photo credit: Pietro Birindelli