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Why Can't My Eyeliner Look Like Joan Holloway Harris?

*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog. If you see this post elsewhere, it has been stolen*

In my last tutorial on Into the Palette, I explain the technique of winged eyeliner.  Every time I include this eyeliner look, I am asked a couple of questions about this.  Readers begin to wonder what the difference is between what is done most of the time by many and what is done in the posts.

I should have done this post with my eyeliner series which starts here but really didn't have the brain function to explain it in an understandable way.  This time, I will try to describe it as simple as I can.

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Ever since the show Mad Men started, there has been this obsession with the winged eyeliner look.  And, thanks to the beautiful Christina Hendricks who plays Joan so well, this eyeliner has become iconic again.  The basis of this look has never really gone away; it has become more of a staple in creating an illusion of lift for the eyes.  However, when done differently the result can usually be, "Why can't my eyeliner look like Joan?"  I know many of you sit back and stare at yourself in the mirror and just say to yourself, "Just doesn't look right."

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In the first set of pictures I assume this is how people start.  In the dark orange, I show the progression of what or how the wing would start.  The basic assumption is to start the wing right at the end of the outer lashline.  The dot represents this and you can see it from the different angle of the eyes.  You continue the line the way the arrow points because that is how your eye reasons with your brain.  And you end up with something like the last picture (which is only a representation).  A simple curve or a flick at the end is the general assumption because that is how your eyes and brain comprehend the look.

Let me just state that I am not saying that this is wrong at all.  In fact, it is more for the editorial and fashion look.  This will be more artistic and work for some, especially if your eyes are still in that perky stage.  Once that perky stage ends; that wing ends up looking like a crow's claw which emphasizes the crow's feet.  Therefore, I am putting a big red "X" in these pictures so you ignore this method at the moment.

So, is winged eyeliner only for the young? No, in fact, the technique is more for the mature eyes since it creates the illusion of lift to the eye area.  See in the first two pictures the area marked in pink?  That is the area that pretty much is the side of your lid.  This part is important because it creates the illusion of the wing.  The wing (in yellow) can be as high or as low but it is created and goes in the direction from the inner part of that pink line shown in the last two pictures.  The wing stays on the lid.  There are exceptions, but the direction of the wing pretty much follows one of the three areas for an ageless appearance to lift the eyes.

See the pictures of Joan's eyes?  See how they are on the lid?

Now, let's compare.  See the difference in the placement of the arrows?

Again, I am not saying either one is wrong.  I am just saying that after a certain age, make up is no longer just products to play with.  They become a tool to create illusions to better one's natural beauty.  And, I think everyone wants that bit of magic in their life.

Special thanks to Brelki again!

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