From Cat Eye to Classic Wing—10 Iconic Winged Eyeliner Ideas from Every Century

From Cat Eye to Classic Wing—10 Iconic Winged Eyeliner Ideas from Every Century

We all know that the winged eyeliner can be the savior or the bane of our existence. All that matters is the kind of eyeliner you use, the techniques you know, how steady your hand is, and the amount of patience you have. Of course, technique comes first when it’s about getting the perfect winged eyeliner.

Now, you can either sit and crib with two eyes that look like they’re from two different eras, or ACTUALLY try different techniques from all those centuries & then crib, but more royally.

And that brings me to the point—10 of my favorite winged eyeliner ideas you can use for your next party, office meeting, or pretty much anything. Here goes!

#1 It started with the Ancient Egyptian Cat Eyeliner – Of Course, Cleopatra

 
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#2 The 1920s Smudgy Kohl Eyeliner – The Flapper Girl Look, S’il Vous Plait


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#3 The 40s Chicks Gave It a Twist – The Pin-Up Cat Eyeliner


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Fun fact: In the 1940s (the WWII period), the shortage of stockings gave way to the “eyeliner hosiery”. Women would make eyeliner seams on the back of their legs.

#4 The 50s Liquified It – The Signature Winged Eye


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The invention of liquid eyeliner made winged eyeliner a thing. 

#5 The 60s Made it Graphic – Sophia Lauren’s Graphic Winged Eyeliner


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#6 The 70s Disco Makeup – The Thin Line Era


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A thin line of slightly winged eyeliner on the upper lid. The line is thin and just above the lash line. Colored eyeshadows were a huge thing back in the 70s.

#7 The 80s Punk Twist – Madonna’s Iconic Colored Eye Look


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Have you seen those super punky-looking color-filled eyes! I so wish they’re back. At least I will have some excuse for having it so thick trying to make both my eyes equal. :P

#8 The Early 2000s Alt-Rock Eyeliner – The Emo Culture Inspiration


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#9 The Modern Winged Eyeliner – The Feline Flick


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#10 The Future – The Geometric Winged Eyeliner


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While the classic flick is always going to stay, graphic geometric eyes are how the winged eyeliner is being reinvented. And I’m looking forward to it, given that I’m able to do it (that too equally on both eyes. Oh boy…).

And while we're at it, here's something to make winged eyeliner a little easier for you. You're welcome!