Makeup Tutorial: Bat Wing Liner by Bex
Hello again, darklings. Today I bring you one of my favorite simple looks: bat winged liner! Made popular by our Kat Von D, this little twist on classic winged liner has become a must for all the gothic inclined in our beloved makeup community.
Combine it with an elaborate eyeshadow look or simply add a pop of color or highlighter (or both!) on the inner corner for a quick everyday look!
STEP #1: Before dealing with the liner we are going to do the inner corners. In this case I’m going to do a green pop of color but this style works with every single shade so it’s up to you! Whatever color you choose, you will have to prime the inner side of your eyelid to make sure that the eyeshadow stays bright and shiny throughout the day! Here I used my favorite primer: Shadow Insurance from Too Faced.
STEP #2: With a fluffy brush start packing your eyeshadow all over the inner corner, blending it as you go. I used Kat Von D Beauty’s Metal Crush eyeshadow in the shade Iggy. You can make this look as dramatic or as subtle as you wish by blending the color all the way to the brow, like I did, or focusing it just on the corner of the eye!
STEP #3: Apply your favorite matching highlighter on top to add some magic to that inner corner. Here I am using Phee’s Makeup Shop’s Unicorn Highlighter in Gloaming (you can use the code BEX at checkout for a lovely discount too!). And don’t forget, your brow bone needs some love too!
STEP #4: Time to start working on those bat wings! First, with your favorite black eyeliner trace your lash line as you normally would, stopping at the corner of the eye (no wing!). This line can be as thin or thick as you feel works best for your eye shape; although I do recommend you make it quite thin to begin with, we’ll have time to add to it when we choose the placement of the wing.
STEP #5: If your eyes are quite hooded like mine this step will help you make sure that your bat wings look bomb from every angle. Looking straight into the mirror, draw a tiny mark where your crease touches your lid. This point will be the end of your liner (marked in red on the second picture) and will give you a reference for the space you need to leave between the eyeliner and the wing (marked with the white arrow), so your wings don’t disappear into your crease when you open your eyes. Don’t worry, it’s easier than it sounds!
STEP #6: Draw a C shape from the point you just drew to a new point somewhere over your crease, this will be the inner point of the wing. From that point, draw three lines. Here you have a few options, I like to make the first line go upwards to give the whole look a more cat-eyed appearance, but you can totally experiment with the shape and length of the wings by bending these first lines downwards or keeping them straight. My favorite eyeliner to sketch this kind of details is KVD’s Tattoo Liner in Trooper; its super fine tip makes it so easy!
STEP #7: Time to build those wings. First, join the ends of each line with an inverted C shape (or a C shape, depending on the eye you’re doing. Just make sure the curve bends inwards)
Once again, here you have a couple of different options depending on how detailed you want them to be. You can fill the space between the little bones we had previously sketched with solid black, getting something like this.
Or, you can make them a bit more realistic, which is the look I’m going for today! Simply join the three bones we had previously drawn with little curved lines, keeping some empty spaces between each one.
A little trick! If you feel like some of the lines aren’t as smooth or sharp as you’d like to, or if there’s any tiny mistake you’d like to correct without wiping off half of your eyeliner, just take a small brush and with a touch of KVD’s Hydrating Primer to clean those edges! It works like magic to fix little mistakes if you’re using their Tattoo Liner 😉
And we’re almost there! Join the space under the wing to the liner with another curved line and fill in the gaps so it all looks sleek and smooth. I went over the liner with a matte liquid liner by NYX to make it a little bolder (KVD’s tattoo liner is amazing but not 100% matte) however, that step is completely optional.
STEP #8: Add your favourite black pencil liner on the waterline, a few coats of mascara, lashes and you’re done!