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How to Get Perfectly Even Winged Liner For Hooded Eyes

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Eyeliner is one of those small details that can make a huge impact. Whether you're going for a classic cat eye or a more modern neon look, a little color on your lash line can enhance your eye color, shape, and entire look. But with that being said, it's one of those things that can be a bit tricky to master (unless you have a surgeon's steady hand), especially when you have a hooded eye shape. One flinch or blink at the wrong time can force you into a frustrating cycle of removing and re-doing, or even lead you to swear off eyeliner all together. But never fear, with a few simple adjustments to your application strategy, you can be an eyeliner pro in no time. Ahead, watch celebrity makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes share her easy eyeliner tutorial that's perfect for hooded eye shapes.

Meet the Expert

Katie Jane Hughes is a celebrity and editorial makeup artist with clients among the likes of Ashley Graham, Kerry Washington, Anna Kendrick, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and more.

Step One: Sketch Out Your Shape

To get started, Hughes recommends starting slow by sketching out the eyeliner shape you're going for. "I'm going to take a pencil and I'm going to etch out my shape," she says. "The general trick is, hold the pencil in line with your nose and the corner of your eye, and then angle it toward the eyebrow. So [from] the tail of your brow, to the corner of your eye, to the corner of your nose, that is the direction in which your eyeliner should go." When you're sketching out your shape, Hughes recommends keeping your eyes and brows as relaxed as possible. When you apply eyeliner with more widened eyes or raised brows, the shape you draw can be skewed once your face is relaxed. Try to keep your facial expression as neutral as possible, whatever you consider to be your baseline.

Step Two: Clean Up Your Shape With Concealer

Once you have a rough outline of the eyeliner shape you're going for, you can create more precise edges by going in with a little bit of concealer or by dipping a small brush in makeup remover. Repeat steps one and two on your other eye, using your first eye as a guide for where placement should be (to get a more even, symmetrical look).

Step Three: Go Over Your Pencilled Wing With a Liquid Formula

Now that you have a nice, clean, precise shape applied in pencil, go over that shape with something a big longer-lasting: Liquid eyeliner. In place of your standard formula, Hughes prefers to DIY her own liquid liner using black eyeshadow and setting spray. "Now I'm going to take a black eyeshadow and a little bit of M.A.C. [setting spray], and spray some of that setting spray directly onto the eyeshadow," she says. "Then with a skinny eyeliner brush, I'm going to mix to make a paste. I love this kind of formula to paint liner with because it glides, as you can see it's just inky, flowy, opaqueness." Layer this paste (or your favorite liquid eyeliner formula) directly over the shape you drew in pencil during step one, starting at the base of the wing. Be sure to fill in any areas where the pencil missed, or as drawn on more sheer.

Step Four: Extend the Liquid Liner Across Your Lash Line

Once you feel good about your wing shape, connect the wing to your lash line, extending all the way across your lash line until you've reached the inner corner of your eye. Opt for a feathering motion to create smaller dashes (that you can connect) rather than trying to sweep across the full lash line in one full motion. If you make any mistakes (as Hughes reminds us in this tutorial, even makeup artists get a shaky hand and make mistakes), just clean things up with a small detailing brush dipped in makeup remover or concealer.

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