Makeup at the Oscars was a little more traditional in 2012, but that didn't stop Hollywood's finest from keeping up with the trends. Winged eyeliner is practically everywhere these days, and it took the red carpet by storm for the year's most-anticipated red-carpet event. Every other starlet seemed to be sporting her own version of the look, and the shapes ranged from Jennifer Lopez's chic double-winged style to Zoe Saldana's stretched-out cat-eye and Petra Nemcova's blackout lids. Take a gander at the coolest looks that took wing now.
Winged eyeliner is always in fashion, but next season's looks take big, bold liner to new (literal) lengths. From hyper-extended lines at Zac Posen to Cleopatra eyes at Altuzarra, designers have sent out a bevy of gorgeous, innovative eyeliner looks you'll want to try for yourself. There's no need to wait until September to enjoy these, so check them out now.
When most of us think of "Egyptian"-style eyeliner, the first thing that comes to mind is Elizabeth Taylor chewing scenery in 1963 drama-fest Cleopatra. And over the past few months, it's a look that's certainly been inspiring designers and makeup artists. From big brands like Gucci and Jean Paul Gaultier to indie lines like Electric Feathers (shown above), thick, defined eye makeup, which combines the shape of traditional winged liner with the dramatic size of smoky eyes, is de rigueur.
To try the look yourself, use liquid liner to draw on a normal winged shape. Then, fill it in for intensity, and draw the line out further — right out to the end of your eyebrow. On your bottom lash line, instead of waterlining or following the curve of your eye, draw a line below your lashes and pull it straight out. It's not necessary for the top and bottom lines to meet. In fact, the more space in between, the edgier it is. Now all you need is an old tape of "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles.
Winged eyeliner is a cool way to experiment with your beauty routine. And if recent red carpet and runway looks are any indication, the cat-eye style will be hotter than ever this upcoming season. Depending on formulation and technique, it's a look that can range from flirtatious to retro sexy to even futuristic. It's also a great way to instantly lift up the face, drawing the eyes upward. Want to get your wings? See five different ways to hop on the trend now.
When we got the chance to ask Taylor Swift about her beauty secrets, we knew exactly what we wanted to find out: how she creates her signature winged eyeliner. Although we've heard that she's a big fan of Sharpie liner, that's definitely not the only trick she's got up her sleeve. So to find out how Ms. Swift says you should do it, just keep reading.