First came smudgy and smoky. Then the kitten eye. Now double winged eyeliner is here, and it’s the latest twist on liner that will have you reaching for your makeup bag yet again.
Most current beauty trends are firmly rooted in nostalgia for the ’90s and early 2000s — like bouncy blowouts, brown lip liner, and smoky eyes — which doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. However, what we’ve coined batwing liner is a nice break from the early-aughts mania and takes us a little further back, all the way to the ’60s.
Despite the intense name — no, it has nothing to do with Robert Pattinson‘s sad-boi eyeliner in The Batman — the result is pretty and feminine. Essentially, it’s double-winged eyeliner with one wing lining the top lash line and one extending from the bottom lash line. The trend has been making the rounds on TikTok as well as on celebrities such as Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, and Devon Lee Carlson. It was also featured heavily on the most recent season of Euphoria, and the show’s lead makeup artist, Donni Davy, told Glamour that she played a lot with accenting the lower lash line this season.
Part of the appeal of this liner is that it can range from a small natural flick to a totally dramatic wing, depending on your vibe — see Euphoria‘s Cassie and Maddy, respectively. Both are the same basic principle of a wing both on top and bottom but have a very different feel. To make it even more dramatic, take a cue from Charli XCX, who has been making the look her staple as of late, and start your first wing in your crease for an exaggerated look.
The trend is a personal favorite of celebrity makeup artist Lily Keys, who is behind some of Charli XCX’s recent interpretations of the trend. “It’s a take on the retro’’60s Twiggy eye,” she told Glamour. “It opens your eyes and makes them appear bigger and more feminine, almost doll-like. You need a steady hand and some practice, but anyone can do it.”
The first step in getting the look is finding a great liner; Keys likes the Catrice Glam & Doll Easy Wash Off liner because it’s precise and super pigmented. “Sit in front of a mirror and lean your elbow on the table for steadiness,” she recommends. “Looking straight ahead, take your eyeliner and draw a line along the lash line, starting from the inner corner of the eyes to the outer corner. Make sure that the line is close to the root of the lashes, and use small strokes with a wing at the end for that cat-eye look.”