How to achieve a sharp, winged eye shadow look

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While browsing Pinterest, I found a sharp, winged shadow look that I feel in love with, the only thing is that I was afraid it would come across a bit unnatural, which is just not my taste. So, instead of copying the photo verbatim, I put my own spin on this daring look and created a more wearable look. 

[hr] [twocol_one] [/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]The first thing I did was apply E7 (satin finish, champagne color) all over the lid using an angled shadow brush. This color is gorgeous and so versatile. The satin finish draws light to the eye without creating a distraction.[/twocol_one_last] [twocol_one] [/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Next, I mixed E2 (purple) and E11 (gray) to get a purply gray color and packed this on to my outer corner and crease with a pencil brush. One of my favorite time-crunch tips is to use tape as an outline! Run the tape over your palm to weaken the adhesive before sticking it under your lower last line. You can see that I kept everything natural and well blended.[/twocol_one_last] [twocol_one] [/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Now, remove your tape. Look at that precise line! You can also use this nifty little trick for winging eye liner! You get a straight line every time without the fallout! This also gives you a nice visual to wing both eyes at the same angle.[/twocol_one_last] [twocol_one] [/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Next I used E1 (shimmery white) on a blending brush to blend out the crease line. Work in circular motions instead of dragging the color from side to side. This prevents the “muddy” effect.[/twocol_one_last] [twocol_one] [/twocol_one][twocol_one_last]Finally, I used E11 (pure black) to line my eyes. This definitely doesn’t have to be perfect, as a smoky line creates a more sultry effect, which is what we’re going for! Also, line your lower water line, working the black just below your lower lashes. Define your brows and apply mascara.[/twocol_one_last]

Your eyes should now be complete.[hr]


[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Finish the look by applying your favorite c0ncealor, foundation, BB cream or powder. Choose a bubblegum pink blush and blend this lightly onto the apples of your cheeks.[/twocol_one_last]


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Since your eyes are so vivid, wear French Skirt on your lips. This color is great because it gives you an understated hint of color. Top off with Rallye Balm for added softness and protection.[/twocol_one_last][hr]



Now you’ve got an awesome look for occasions that call for more than just a neutral eye.

 You can see that, when worn with glasses, this look can be suitable for every day wear! Purple looks great with any eye color or skin tone. We’re REALLY excited to bring you our exclusive mineral eye shadows in the coming months, so be sure to look out for an eyeshadow naming contest and official release date! 

FEEDBACK: What do YOU think of this look? If you’re not a fan of color, would you wear this look if applied with neutral shadows? Do you wear glasses or are you bold enough to rock this look and make a statement?


  1. Angela says

    I really like the eyes. I haven’t heard of the tape thing either. I have never managed to get the winged look, but i might try it with the tape. How does that work for people who put foundation on first? Also, i’m not a fan of the lip color. It’s a great color, but i’m not sure i like it with the whole look.

    • Jennifer says

      You can put on foundation first and touch it up. The tape shouldn’t be too sticky if you weaken the adhesive by sticking it on the back of your hand first. You may have to touch up a little. I like to do foundation last when I use tape just because it gives me a chance to really pack on color and have the ability to clean up fallout, but that’s just me.

      The lip color was downplayed a lot in the picture, but if I was wearing this out, I’d probably go with a brighter blue-based pink :)

    • Jennifer says

      I got some crazy looks around the office running around with tape on my face but it’s my favorite tricks! :)


  1. […] Hey, Kerri! Believe it or not, many women experience this problem, including myself! Lining your eyes to perfection takes time. If you’re in a hurry, line your eyes using a dark black matte eyeshadow color and a detail brush. This way, if you make a mistake, it’s much easier to correct than pencil, liquid or gel liner. When you’re not in a hurry, use my famous tape trick! (Okay, maybe I wasn’t the first to do this, but I use this trick daily!) Place a piece of tape on your hand then peel it off to weaken the adhesive. Follow the natural angle of your lower lash line and lay the tape down under your eye, letting it slant up at an angle. Line your eyes. It’s perfectly okay if (and when) you get liner on the tape-just pull it off and voila! You’ve got a perfect winged liner! Since you have a visual guideline, it’s much easier to wing perfectly the first time! (A similar technique is seen in our winged eyeshadow look seen HERE!) […]

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