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Nailing Winged Liner…The First Time!

“When in doubt, wing it out.”

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So many people ask me how I get my winged liner right every time. I’ll be honest…some days my liner looks like a HOT frickin’ mess. It’s not always easy to get that wing perfect the first time.

Because I see a lot of Instagram comments asking me about my winged liner, I thought I would give a mini tutorial for you all.

1. Start by drawing the wing in the outer corner of your eye. If you’re not sure what angle to start with, I recommend using Scotch tape to help you draw a straight line and get the angle you want.

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2. Fill that wing in, girl!

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3. Drag your liner along the upper lashline, making a very thin line (or thick, depending on how dramatic you want to go). Make sure the wing and the line on the lashline are connected. The last thing you want is disconnected lines. No ma’am!

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4. Top everything off with some mascara to make those eyes POP

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Easy peasy right? For me, yes because I’ve practiced a lot over the years. But it is is hard to master at first. The number one tip I will give you about winged liner is PRACTICE. Period. It’s not something that will be perfect overnight. When you have free time, sit down in front of the mirror and practice that wing. If you mess up, that’s what makeup remover is for!

Also winged liner will look different on everyone depending on your eye shape. Good Housekeeping has some great tips on different techniques based on eye shape so check that out!

You also have to consider what type of eyeliner you want to use. Personally, I prefer liquid eyeliner to crayons or pencils. But hey, you do you boo boo! Here are a few of my favorite liquid eyeliners:

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Tarte Sex Kitten Liquid Liner

If you’re ever unsure of how to create a winged liner look, don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I’m always happy to help.

Now go practice and nail that winged liner!

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January Blues and How to Beat Them

“The most important thing you will ever wear is your attitude.”

–  Jeff Moore

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I hope everyone is having a fabulous start to 2019! I have such high hopes for this year and I’m ready to kick 2019’s ass. But I will say the hardest thing about a new year is conquering those January blues. The cold weather and post-holiday hangovers can make this month seem to last forever. I REALLY don’t like winter so I tend to feel pretty down in January.

Growing up my dad would call this month the armpit of the year. Pretty fitting, don’t you think? It can be a difficult month to get through but luckily for you, I have some tips for beating the January blues.

Plan a fun trip

Get those bags packed! I always love planning trips, whether they’re a week long or just a couple days. It’s a great way to boost your mood when the weather outside is frightful. Even if the trip isn’t for a few months, you’ll have something to look forward to all month long.

Soak up some sunshine

Getting outside is one of my favorite ways to beat those pesky January blues. You can go for a quick run, a bike ride or find a new trail to hike. Granted, if it’s cold, I probably wouldn’t be caught dead outside! But still, being outdoors is a guaranteed way to start feeling better.

Call a loved one

Seriously y’all…this is a great way to keep it positive. Believe it or not, a LOT of other people are dealing with the same January blues that you are. Talking through it with someone you love will help you feel less alone and get those negative feelings out in the open. Plus hearing their voice will help you feel a thousand times better!

Write down your goals for the month

So maybe you’re not into New Year’s resolutions (if you are, feel free to check out mine for 2019). Instead, you could write down just a few goals you want to accomplish in January. It can be as simple as getting organized and finishing a book or you could get really ambitious. The sky’s the limit with your goals. I find when I create goals for myself, I forget all about the January blues.

Find a fun new hobby

It can be so easy to just sit your ass down on the couch and binge watch Friends for the millionth time (believe me, I’ve been there WAY too many times). But why not start off 2019 by discovering a new hobby? Try something that you’ve always wanted to and maybe you’ll find a new passion in life. Mental Floss has a great article with some apps for different hobbies.

It’ll be hard at first to kiss those January blues goodbye, but try one or two of these this month to boost your mood.

What do you like to do to feel better about yourself in January?

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