Butterfly Eyeliner | Transform Your Liner Into A Butterfly Wing

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Butterfly Eyeliner | Transform Your Liner Into A Butterfly Wing

Confession: Makeup tutorial videos put me to sleep. Not because they are boring! It’s just that I fall asleep somewhere between the swirling brushstrokes and the chill melodies. You are basically ASMR. (Sometimes they are actually ASMR!) On the nights when I can’t quite get there myself, I jump on my preferred social platform and let myself be taken to sleep by a very talented makeup artist or two or 13. It is really the only thing that works. Unfortunately, my plan fails from time to time – I stumble across a makeup tutorial that is too good, and my wired nighttime brain begins to drag around, as I can do to myself right away. And that’s exactly what happened when I noticed a butterfly eyeliner all over TikTok. Maybe I should just take melatonin? Here is the one who really caught me:


Please don’t allow this flop! So unexpected! So fast? I’ve seen it a million times and tried to get it right. And then I finally did it. Be warned: it is not easy. It is certainly not for every day. But it looks really impressive – and all you need is two eyeliner (one black and one white), a small brush, and an eyeshadow. If you want to try to get the look at home, this handy, step-by-step breakdown is a good place to start.

Start with a flick

Create a winged liner as usual. It is helpful to use a pen-style liquid liner with a very, very fine tip because you will need it again later for detailed work. I used Glossier Pro Tip, but Stila Micro Tip is another great option. Here’s a good video tutorial for this step if you’re not sure what to do yet.

 Step 2

Draw your wing

Draw the shape of your wing with a white liquid liner. Again, a pen formula is best for precision – I used Colourpop’s. This will lighten the colors you use above and give you a border so that your wings stand out evenly. Start with the outer corner of your eye and use the wing you just drew as a guide. Then draw a teardrop shape on about a third of your lower lash line. Fill in with white.

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Put it in Technicolor

Use a super-small brush (something like this Morphe brush is good, or you could even use a small brush) to add your color. I used Marc Jacobs eye shadow, but here you can get really creative. Use something you already have, but never! Mix different colors on each eye! The lighter the colors, the better it will look.

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And add the details

Next, you will return with your black eyeliner. In this case, it is important to use something with a fine tip! Sketch the colored part and connect it to your black wing. Then sketch the details on the wing. A light hand is needed here. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect – they’re organic shapes so you can’t really see them – try to draw each stroke with confidence. It’s easier to drive slowly than to fix a line you don’t like.

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Then put the finishing touches on

Finally, a few details with the white liner. At some points, the wing looks realistic, and shades of white light up when your color is mixed up. You can also use it to line your inner waterline or leave it alone. That’s it! When you’ve made it this far, pat yourself on the back.

– Ali Oshinsky

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