The Allure Of Dramatic Style: Winged Eyeliner

The Allure Of "Winged" Eyeliner (Iconic Supermodel, Linda Evangelista)
The Allure Of “Winged” Eyeliner (Iconic Supermodel, Linda Evangelista)

The iconic makeup style of lining the eyes and finishing with a “Wing” at the end, extending past the lids, is a classic makeup addition. In fact, the art of the eyeliner has been practiced by makeup artists and fashionable women for decades and its history is ancient. What has been done with fashionable style from fashion’s archives is renewed again. The “Winged” eye not only is a flattering look when done with a steady hand and perfect application, but provides the illusion of longer, even thicker lashes. Ahh, the lashes every woman desires! An instant touch of glamour and “lift” to the eye, indeed. Drawing attention to the eye while enhancing and often changing the appearance of the eye’s shape, the “Winged” eyeliner look has an appeal that remains a classic.

The “Winged” effect began its history with the ancient Egyptians. Alas, Cleopatra and the characteristically heavily lined eye depicted in ancient Egyptian art. In fact, of interest, history speculates that eyeliner may have been worn to protect the wearer from the “Evil Eye”. Who knew? Eyeliner of ancient origin was based on a variety of materials, including lead, copper, ore and antimony. It was during the 1920’s, with the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, that is said to have introduced the use of eyeliner to the Western world. Quite a history in makeup, indeed. The timing is said to have been perfect, as the 1920’s was an era associated with many changes in makeup for the fashionable woman. Makeup application became more liberal, thus the entrance of the black winged eyeliner took center stage on fashion runways. Influences from the past, indeed. It could be said that the strongest historical influence of this classic winged style occurred during the fifties and sixties, yet each decade held a strong love affair to the eye of bold distinction. By the 1950’s, however, the winged “Cat Eyes” became an essential part of the decades makeup style or “look”.

The versatility and possibilities of “Winged Eyeliner” can be attributed to the many variations of products on the market and the application itself. The length and thickness of the “Wing” or “Flip” can dramatically change the look. Of the makeup concoctions available in the world of cosmetics today, there are four formulas for creating this dramatic style: wax-based liner, powder-based liner (Kohl), Liquid liner and Gel liner. Choices for creating a statement of style with a different effect, indeed. Liquid liner is an opaque liquid that is applied with a tiny brush or felt applicator, ensuring a sharp, precise line. Often creating a heavier look than the others, it is typically applied only to the upper lashline. Indeed, the iconic images fashion models of the past attest to its drama! In fact, the thick, ebony line of style continued in the 1960’s with the introduction of liquid eyeliner. The liquid line created an even bolder, thick, black wing, favored by many designers of the decade. Wax-based liners are soft pencils or compacts with brush applicators that contain wax, creating an ease of application. Powder-based liners(Kohl) are a bit more challenging as they are soft and can smudge. Found in a pencil and pressed or loose powder, Kohl provides a softer approach to the winged effect, for certain, but drama is still gained. Gel liner is similar to kohl, but easy easily applied with an eyeliner brush. A softer application with ease of application. Of these many variations, from striking bold lines to softer, a more subdued “wing”, the skill that one acquires with the practice of application is certainly worth the time taken. A bold, striking and flattering statement that can certainly find a use in our makeup whims or social events where drama is always embraced. Timeless and classic, the “Winged” appeal will forever remain a “Classic”…

Winged Style":  The Bold Eye
Winged Style”: The Bold Eye
The Art Of The "Winged" Eyeliner: Perfected
The Art Of The “Winged” Eyeliner: Perfected
Defining The Eye In Bold Style
Defining The Eye In Bold Style
Iconic "Winged Eyeliner" Style:  Linda Evangelista
Iconic “Winged Eyeliner” Style: Linda Evangelista
Timeless Model Inspirations Of "Winged" Style
Timeless Model Inspirations Of “Winged” Style
The Glamourous & Exotic Eye:  "Winged" Eyeliner
The Glamourous & Exotic Eye: “Winged” Eyeliner
Vouge's Iconic Cover:  Bold Drama With "Winged" Liner
Vouge’s Iconic Cover: Bold Drama With “Winged” Liner
Vintage Elegance:  The Dramatic Eye
Vintage Elegance: The Dramatic Eye
Vintage Vouge:  "Winged" Style
Vintage Vouge: “Winged” Style
"Winged" Eyeliner:  Vintage Vouge
“Winged” Eyeliner: Vintage Vouge
Vintage Inspirations Of Bold  "Eyeliner" Drama
Vintage Inspirations Of Bold “Eyeliner” Drama
Reflections Of Fashion's Iconic Bold Eye
Reflections Of Fashion’s Iconic Bold Eye
"Mod" Takes On The Bold "Winged" Eye
“Mod” Takes On The Bold “Winged” Eye
A Return To The Classic "Winged" Eyeliner
A Return To The Classic “Winged” Eyeliner
Iconic Style:  A "Winged" Kate Moss
Iconic Style: A “Winged” Kate Moss

The expressive and dramatic style of winged eyeliner is timeless. However, one must be aware that it is attitude that successfully wears this style. A personal statement of style, perhaps. A bold statement that one adorns fearlessly when facing the world. Certainly a classic compliment to the bold lip, it is also a stunning addition with the neutral lip. Defining the eyes while showcasing the contours of the eye, the aesthetic illusion is stunning. Bold style of dramatic nature. Fearless in attitude, indeed. Flattering on all eye shapes, the sharp or smoldering and elongated appearance that requires practice and patience will certainly never go out of style. Rather, it is classic “Fashion” with an allure of dramatic style, indeed…