Tape trick-for perfect winged liner 

Happy Monday to ya….hope y’all had a fabulous weekend!!!  A few posts ago, I made reference to something I call “the tape method” and I said that I would do a follow up showing how to do it.  Well…it is super easy and I probably just could have easily explained it using my words–but who doesn’t like pictures to go with?  This is simply going to show you another way to apply winged liner if you have a difficult time getting a “perfect” wing or if you don’t have steady hands.  A few considerations:  If you have sensitive skin, don’t put tape on it!  You can also do this by holding a business card or something with a hard edge up diagonally against your eye….I would have shown this instead of tape but it is a wee bit difficult to hold a business card up to your eye and photograph it at the same time :::only have so many hands:::.

Products Used:

Tape and Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in “Blackest Black”.  Not pictured: Thin eyeliner brush

Step 1:

Apply a piece of tape underneath the eye so that it is pointed towards the end of the brow.  If you want a less angled wing then angle it further down—it is up to you.  The placement of your tape is going to dictate the angle of your wing.  You may want to hold off applying your under eye concealer and foundation because the tape is going to take it off wherever it is placed.  Your piece of tape does not need to be this long-I was just showing it for effect.  Wherever you place it, make sure that it is pressed against your skin so that when you apply your liner none of it bleeds through.  It should look something like this:

Step 2:

Apply your gel liner to the upper lash line from the inner corner to the end of your eye….don’t worry if it is a little messy-we are just getting the base and will even it out later.  Now apply the “Wing” part by following the line  that the tape created…don’t worry about making a perfectly straight line-that is what the tape is for..it is going to make one for you.  It will look something like this:

Step 3:

Remove the tape.  Now “fill in your wing” –you can see how to do this by checking out step 5 of this tutorialApply your fake eyelashes, (I used Kiss Ever Pro #05 lashes) and go over any excess glue with gel liner.  Apply some mascara to blend your real lashes into your fake lashes.  Your final product will look something like this:

and this:

As I said, if your skin is a little sensitive for tape, use something with a flat edge like a business card to place your wing.  Using tape can also create a killer eye look…I will do a post on that soon!!!  Hope this helps if you have had a difficult time creating the perfect wing!


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58 Response to “Tape trick-for perfect winged liner ”

Styling UP
June 12, 2012 9:39 am

Nice tip… Will try it!

June 12, 2012 6:21 pm

you have really pretty eyes!

June 12, 2012 6:51 pm

Styling Up-Thank you! Loving all the great information on your facebook page!!!

June 12, 2012 6:52 pm

Thank you C.C!!!! Some lashes and makeup always help haha :)

June 13, 2012 12:05 pm

What lashes are these please? They’re gorge!

June 13, 2012 2:28 pm

Hi Tara! I appreciate you asking-I am going to edit the blog to include this info :) These are actually Kiss Ever Pro #05–I picked them up at Walgreens in a pinch because they were out of my favorite Andrea #33’s but now I am in love with them as well!!!

Robe de Mariée
June 14, 2012 5:31 am

sooooooo nice~ I will try it!

June 14, 2012 7:18 pm

You are really pretty! I like idea, it’s actually quite simple! :)

June 14, 2012 7:35 pm

Nice :-)

June 15, 2012 2:48 pm

Not really into makeup( I’m a guy) But you are lovely and I enjoyed looking upon your pretty face!

June 16, 2012 3:21 pm

great tip, but the only difference is that i wouldnt use fake lashes, my eyelashes are long enough.

June 18, 2012 5:46 am

nice ideas…

Bakeca Roma
June 18, 2012 6:14 am

Great idea!

Bakeca Pescara
June 18, 2012 7:50 am

GOod stuff

June 18, 2012 10:47 pm


Car Accident Attorney
June 19, 2012 5:48 pm

Ingenious! You have stunning eyes! I do the tape trick to do a french mani on my nails! :)

June 20, 2012 3:28 pm

wow, I wish i had seen this sooner. This is a great idea. thanks for the great tips.

June 20, 2012 8:25 pm

freaking genius!!!

June 26, 2012 6:38 am

What mascara do you use?!?

June 26, 2012 9:18 am

Hi Gloria! You will find an array of mascara in my kit but my favorite drugstore brand is Maybelline Falsies!

July 2, 2012 9:02 am

Beautiful!! Can I ask what eyeshadows you have on?

July 2, 2012 9:24 am

Hi Gabrielle! I used MAC eyeshadows…”Malt” as an allover base up to the brow bone, “Brown Script” in the crease with a big fluffy, “Espresso” in the crease with a bullet brush and then any highlight color you choose on the brow and inner corner!

July 2, 2012 11:36 pm

This is awesome! Thansk erin :D

July 3, 2012 11:42 pm

It’s a good idea! Easy to learn. Thanks.

Celestine McGee
July 5, 2012 6:55 pm

Great concept! A true artist at work.

July 6, 2012 1:53 am

Oh,clever!! It is easy to learn! Going to try this later:)

July 14, 2012 5:09 pm

Whoa! That’s brilliant! I always struggle every time I try to apply winged eyeliner because they either come out in different directions or the eyeliner comes on too thick or it ends up just weird looking… never thought to use tape! Definitely trying this!


July 14, 2012 8:57 pm

That is a very good idea. Cool.

July 15, 2012 12:55 pm

How did you manage to contour the tape borders so perfectly you cant even see that anymore.By the way great makeup tip.

July 16, 2012 8:59 pm

Thank you!!!

July 16, 2012 9:30 pm

Thanks Rachel!!

July 16, 2012 9:33 pm

Im glad you like the tip! Do you mean how did I get the tape so close to the eye and smooth it down? Sometimes I have to pick up the tape a few times and move it to get it smoothed and lined up evenly…but if I do both eyes at the same time then I can eye it out to make sure they are even. If this did not answer your question please let me know!!

July 21, 2012 12:40 pm

I do the winged eye liner all the time, but I never thought to use tape….great idea! and really pretty eyes http://www.PrettyEnergy.com

July 21, 2012 2:47 pm

Thank you LiyaBlue!

August 8, 2012 9:13 pm


August 12, 2012 1:56 am

This is a great idea! I am going to use this! Thank you for sharing this is awesome!

August 13, 2012 5:31 am

Such a clever idea! Beautiful :) x

August 29, 2012 9:02 pm

OMG great easy way to do angle on the eye…been trying to perfect forever!! thank you so much!

September 5, 2012 5:50 pm


September 8, 2012 11:46 pm

This is neat but I do something a bit different. I grab a sponge wedge and put some makeup remover on it and use the edge to form the liner into the shape you want. It’s also good when you want to get rid of fallen shadow and such.

September 9, 2012 8:22 pm

Great idea Joanna!!

September 21, 2012 4:27 am


rose patel
September 26, 2012 10:59 am

amazing thanks for sharing

October 3, 2012 11:21 pm

Amazing ,loved it ❤

oloyede sakirat
October 11, 2012 7:33 am

nice one

Lynice Power
October 23, 2012 4:52 pm

Thanks so much for this tip, the eye makeup looks lovely. Will definitely be giving this a try.x

October 24, 2012 10:19 am

You are welcome Lynice!!

November 10, 2012 12:07 pm

I love this tip! It is so hard to perfect the winged look…


November 11, 2012 7:31 pm

Hi again Emily :) It is isn’t it!! It is so much easier this way…thank you for the sweet words!

November 29, 2012 4:05 pm

My my….,very simple indeed, by the way what kind of tape would your suggest for this purpose?


November 30, 2012 8:48 pm

Hi fashiomatic! Just plain old scotch tape!

December 18, 2012 12:09 am

Hi, thank you for the great tip!! I just had a question, what color of eye shadows are you using???

December 18, 2012 10:55 am

Hi Chris! I used all MAC Shadows-“Malt” as an allover base up to the brow bone, “Brown Script” in the crease with a big fluffy, “Espresso” in the crease with a bullet brush and then any highlight color you choose on the brow and inner corner!

December 31, 2012 9:53 pm

This is awesome!! For some reason I just can’t get the perfect winged eyeliner!!! Thanks this helps a lot!!

January 1, 2013 3:32 pm

Thank you Maggie! So glad it helps!!

Angela Hall
January 24, 2013 12:50 am

I’m a makeup artist and I do this cheat whenever I need to do perfect wings in imperfect circumstances like backstage. You can lightly press the tape onton a tissue before putting it on the skin to make it easier to remove.

February 6, 2013 9:20 pm

Hey Angela! Yes I totally agree-it is perfect for that!

April 10, 2013 11:47 pm

Gorgeous! What a freakin’ awesome idea!

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