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How To 9 December 2021

Wing It: How to Nail Statement Eyeliner Every Time

Tips and tricks to apply eyeliner like a pro and conquer that tricky wing you’ve always had difficulty with.

The products and tricks to feel confident applying and rocking a statement eyeliner this party season. With the time of the year becoming pointier and the party season rolling in thick and fast, we’re looking to step up our glam game this December. For us here at Monde, nothing elevates a look quite like an immaculately precise lick of liner to the eye. For the perfect flick, clear-cut cat eye and smoked out edges, skill and the right products are a must. Here are some hacks to get you a perfect statement eyeliner every time.

Words By Brittany Lyons


For those of you with a penchant for perfection with a no-fuss attitude, a liquid eye lining pen is a fabulous place to start.

These highly pigmented, inky tools have a precision tip to ensure a clean line is achieved and a natural curve for a flick is simplified.

The best way to apply a statement eye liner with a liquid pen is to start in the corner of eye and gently make sweeping motions towards the outer edge of the eye, with a gradual increase in the lines thickness.

Once you’ve reached the outer corner of the eye, the option to flick to a wing is there, embrace it!

If you’re still quite shaky with your application, stamped ends like the one on the MCO Beauty option below help to ensure that symmetry is achieved on both eyes.

To apply the stamp, ensure your eyelid is stretched taught and from the inside of the eye out, gently roll the stamp to meet with the edge of the eye.

To finish, refer back to the pen end of the tool to join the inner and mid part of the eye to the flick from the stamp.

Mirenesse Define Art Duet 2-In-1 Eyeliner – Jet Black 1.4ml, $39, Facial Co


For those a little more confident using professional methods and tools, the gel liner is certainly an option worth exploring.

Presented in little pots, these gel-based formulations are much drier than the liquid counterparts used in eye liner pens above, and so don’t have the same risk of running or smudging.

Akin to cream blush or bronzer, these pigmented little goodies can be used super sparingly and will last in your kit a very long time.

Since we’ll be covering the brushes necessary to nail a gel liner below, we thought it best to do a little run through of brands nailing the gel/cream liners.

For a product embraced by professionals more than the everyday beauty junky, the gel liner is best bought at beauty brands who cater to make up artists around the world.

M.A.C Cosmetics is certainly a brilliant place to start if you’re sipping your toes in the gel liner world. Their Pro Longwear Fluid Eye Liner and Brow Gel not only doubles as a brow setting product but is available in numerous shades to ensure you nail the desired look you’re going for.

Providing the precision of a liquid liner with a silkier, softer finish, this formulation is fool-proof and beautiful.

Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner 3g, was $50 now $42.50, Facial Co


To perfectly nail the gel liner, a brush with high levels of precision is absolutely necessary.

Eye liner brushes are very fine in bristle and weight and are so tiny that the thinnest line can be achieved super easily. If precision is what you’re seeking than the brush and gel liner option is the way to go.

Whether you’re trying to achieve a super thin line or something a little more dramatic, the correct brush choice is key.

A thicker angled brush like the one by e.l.f. Cosmetics below is a great option to build up definition, whereas most of the other thinner ones are perfect for a super thin edge.

You always have the option to prep the brush first with some moisture (we love a spritz of M.A.C Fix Plus for this technique) to adequately wet the brush so that a clean line will be achieved.

We absolutely recommend starting with a damp brush for a smooth flick!

The application itself is just like that of the eye liner pens above (inner to corner, pulling the lid taught), except you’ll have more control over the amount of product being dispensed!

Keep dipping back into the gel liner and building up the liner to your desired effect.

M.A.C Cosmetics 210 Synthetic Precise Eye Liner Brush, $40, M.A.C Cosmetics


For those a little more nostalgic and a sucker for the old school, the pencil eyeliner is an old faithful that will never go out of style.

Probably your first introduction to eye liner ever, and something that reminds you of your teenage rebellion, these sharpened liners hold lots of memories as well as their rightful place in the cosmetic bags of women around the world.

Whilst precision is almost impossible to achieve, especially when attempting a black wing, the pencil alternative is amazing at achieving definition around the entire eye area.

Pencil eye liners are second to none when it comes to creating a smoky effect, as well as for easily lining the bottom lash line and water line.

Usually created from a chalky, dense charcoal-y formulation, these pencils have such an amazing ability at creating a dramatic gradient, as well as an opaque line of any colour that doesn’t need to be too precise.

As with all other eye liner options, start to line from the inner to out, and go conservatively whilst adding pressure gradually.

Also be gentle with your pressure as you don’t want to damage any of the precious and fragile areas of skin around your eye.

Inika Certified Organic Eye Pencil, $29, The Iconic

For When you Mess Up

Mistakes are inevitable and we all make them, even makeup artists themselves need to touch up and balance a fierce cat eye, so please don’t stress.

We absolutely don’t want you to be deterred from being adventurous with your look in fear of messing up, so here’s how to fix up any errors.

First of all, we recommend applying the liner post shadow and pre foundation/concealer.

You’ll always be able to easily clean up any fallout and refine edges to the undereye and corners, then completely hide everything with your base afterwards, phew.

However, fixing up a blunder in the mid of the lid, where you have already immaculately applied your shadows, can be a little trickier.

For these mistakes have some eye makeup remover handy with some cotton buds or Q-tips. Dip one end into the solution and leave the other dry to mop up any left-over remover and keep the area dry.

If you’re really struggling to achieve symmetry which can be tricky for a winged look, don’t be afraid to keep correcting with a Q-tip. You’ll get there eventually, promise.

Chanel Gentle Bi-Phase Eye Makeup Remover, $44, Myer