Retro Winged Liner Looks

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Retro Winged Liner Looks
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With so many here-today-gone-tomorrow makeup trends, few looks are as classic and long-lasting as winged liner, seen here on TV personality Lauren Conrad. "Paired with a fresh face, this small touch of makeup is fast to put on and looks classy on everyone who wears it," says Julia Papworth, a Los Angeles-based celebrity makeup artist. "It also has a timeless, vintage feel, so it looks great on women of all ages."

Easy Does It
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Easy Does It

For the most subtle version of the old-school winged liner looks, Papworth says it's best to leave the bottom lash line void of product, like model and TV personality Alexa Chung. "Start in the inner corner of the upper lash line and gently line the eye toward the outside corner," Papworth explains. Finish the look by flicking liner toward the brow bone to create a basic winged effect.

Thick, Not Thin
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Thick, Not Thin

Give your winged liner a bit more drama by creating a thicker, fuller line, like designer and TV personality Nicole Richie does here at an event in West Hollywood, Calif. "Make sure to follow the shape of the eye, and remember -- the harder you press, the thicker the line will be," Papworth says. Add a few coats of black mascara or a set of false lashes for extra flair.

Doused With Color
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Doused With Color

A classic black cat-eye or winged liner look may be traditional, but it's not the only shade that works for this style, Papworth says. "This look can be achieved with all colors of the rainbow," whether it's hot pink, deep purple or a bright blue liner, similar to the shade singer Katy Perry shows off here at a performance in New York.

Drama Queen
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Drama Queen

When a subtle, thick or even colored winged liner doesn't bring enough excitement to your look, it's time to pull out the big guns by going for an exaggerated winged look. Whether it's thick and fierce or delicate and dramatic -- like the style actress Keira Knightley shows off here at a movie premiere in Hollywood, Calif. -- going the distance with a winged liner can make a stunning statement.

Hot and Bothered
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Hot and Bothered

Although Papworth says liquid liners often work best for winged liner looks because they allow you to get as close to the lash line as possible, you can also use darker shades of eye shadow to create a smoky and sultry winged effect, like actress Leighton Meester does here at an event in Los Angeles. Keep the focus on your eyes by adding just a slight touch of color to cheeks and lips.

A Double Dose
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A Double Dose

Kick your winged liner look into high gear by adding a thick swipe of eyeliner on the bottom lash line to meet the cat eye on top, like actress Kristen Stewart does here at a movie premiere in Sydney. Accentuate the dangerous look by pulling hair into a messy bun and adding a berry stain on the lips.

Brighten Up
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Brighten Up

Winged liners draw plenty of attention on their own, but to make eyes pop even more, try lining the bottom lash line with a white or silver liner to brighten eyes, like model Karlie Kloss does here at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. Keep lids neutral and add just a coat or two of black mascara to perfect the look.

If at First You Don't Succeed
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If at First You Don't Succeed

Having trouble pulling off a gorgeous winged liner look such as the one singer Beyonce pairs with a classic red lip at an event in New York? Whether you're a makeup pro or novice, all it takes is a little practice, Papworth says. "Take your time, don't get discouraged and start over when you feel like you've made an error."

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