Winged Eyeliner

Winged Eyeliner

winged eyelinerYou guys have asked for winged eyeliner tutorials, and as always, your wish is our command. We will be bringing you as many awesome winged eyeliner looks as we possibly can, and, believe me, there are endless options these days. The winged eyeliner look is bold, sexy, strong, alluring, powerful, and beautiful. It brings out the beauty in your eyes in an undeniable way. We girls all love the way we feel when our eyeliner look turns out just the way we hoped. As it turns out,we are not alone in that pleasure.

Undeniably, winged eyeliner can make your eyes look bigger, or more open, and you can even draw the wing to completely change the shape. Smoldering, smokey, soft, bold, romantic, punk, sexy, powerful, you name it. Part of the fun is starting with a more basic simple eyeliner, then progressing to the most artistic endeavors in your winged eyeliner look. You get to be your own canvass on which to create your masterpiece! Makeup is fun!

Winged Eyeliner began with the ancient Egyptians, who use eyeliner all the way around their eyes and often extended it into quite a winged look. They believed that the mineral content of the eyeliner had antibacterial properties and also protected their skin from the harsh environment, keeping wrinkles at bay. The Egyptians believed the eyeliner also was a protector from evil, so it was widely worn by most everyone.

After the fall of the Egyptian Empire, for a very long time, eyeliner was seen only in Asian cultures. Years and years went by without a strong winged eyeliner being worn on most of the planet. That all changed after World War I, when the young single girls of America set out to change the course of history for women.

Eyeliner Wings

In the 1920’s, the Flapper girls, with their bold rebellious spirits, began wearing lots of makeup, including lots of winged eyeliner. The 1920s flapper makeup made quite a statement and was a big and bold change from the conservative Gibson girls of the previous generation. They were out to see women gain equal footing with men, and not to wait idly by until someone cam along to marry them. Most of the young men had been killed in the war, and hearts were broken and rebellious. Those single young ladies of the middle class were so bold as to even be seen touching up their makeup in public as a part of their feminist persona. This was a look that lasted until around 1929, when hemlines once again dropped and the proper lady came back into style.

During this season of glamorous movie stars, such as Louise Brooks, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Ingrid Bergman, winged eyeliner was worn very close to the lashes and was very clean, never smokey or smudged. The 30s was a time of tame, yet defining and alluring, and sexy eyeliner.

Cat Eye Makeup

The cat eye winged eyeliner look as we know it finally cam into the picture in the 1950s when the iconic star, Brigitte Bardot, began wearing liner all around her eyes, even into the waterline. The effect was larger than life, gorgeous eyes. Everyone began experimenting with the cat eye, and soon, even bigger and bolder versions began to become popular.

With the model, Twiggy, leading the front, the 1960s winged eyeliner became bold and mod. Thick and heavy eyeliner with lots of mascara and a nude lip were all the rage. Very bold and modern eyes that were quite stunningl

The 1970s was a time of a more relaxed makeup look, and eyeliner was not very popular. The natural look was all the rage, and that lasted pretty much for a decade.

Then the 80s makeup rolled in and the winged eyeliner was back in full swing. The mid 90s saw a lull in eyeliner use, leaning toward the more matte, soft makeup made vogue by models such as Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer. The cat eye is such a pretty and historically iconic look, that women brought it back in the early 2000’s, and it appears that it is here to stay.

What are your favorite winged eyeliner looks? Check out our tutorials and have fun creating your won fierce and flawless eyes!

Happy beautiful life!



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