Models Prefer Brushes, a Winged Eyeliner Tutorial, and a Red Lip Look

I love winged liner, but it doesn’t always love me.

Being able to execute a winged liner is the final frontier of makeup proficiency, and it makes a huge difference if you have the right tools. Experts like Jen make it look easy.

Suzanne from Don’t They Know Who I Am? was kind enough to send me two Models Prefer brushes: the Smudge Brush and Angled Liner Brush. Both of these brushes make applying winged liner a whole lot easier, and I’m thrilled to have them in my collection!

The Models Prefer brush collection from Priceline is one of Suzanne’s great finds of 2011, and to read more of her reviews on these brushes click here and here.

I use the Angled Liner brush for creating a line and a wing. I use it in the ‘v’ postion rather than the ‘n’ position, and I find it gets really close to the lash line and creates a thin line. I like that the brush is not so thin that it becomes hard to keep the wobble out of your line . The angle also makes it super easy to create a wing.

I use the smudge brush for tightlining, even though it’s probably not meant for this purpose. I just dip it into the eyeliner, press it to the underside of my lash line and I’m done. I find with traditional tightlining brushes they can be quite uncomfortable to use (scratchy or prone to make you blink) but with this brush, the bristles are so soft that it doesn’t irritate the eye at all.

To demonstrate how I create a winged liner, and how I’ve been wearing my makeup lately, I’ve put together a tutorial below.

I’ve already applied a very thin layer of Ellis Faas Skin Veil and Ellis Faas Concealer in this photo (get both, they’re brilliant). On my cheeks is Edward Bess Compact Rouge in Love Affair and Edward Bess Highlighter in Sunlight (get these too).

First, I apply Too Faced Shadow Insurance to my lid. Make sure that you apply it under the area which will have the ‘wing’ on it too, to prevent it creasing.

Curl lashes. The Tweezerman lash curler is also courtesy of Suzanne. It does a good job!

Apply one thin coat of mascara to hold the curl while you do the rest of your eye makeup. I’m using ye olde Covergirl Lashblast Waterproof in Black here.

Apply your shadow. Here I’m using MAC Woodwinked all over the lid, and MAC Bronze over the outer half of the lid and in the crease. I always apply my shadows with my fingers, then blend out with a MAC 224 blending brush, as seen below:

With the larger of my Essence of Beauty Crease Brushes, I sweep both colours under the lower lash line.

Take the Models Prefer Angled Liner Brush and dip it into your gel liner. I’m using MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack here.

Smoosh the gel liner onto the back of your hand and use it as a palette. Make sure your brush is evenly coated with the gel liner.

Holding the Angled Liner Brush in the ‘v’ position and line from the middle to the outer top lash line.

With what is left on the brush, line from the inner to the outer corner of the top lash line. Try to create a thicker line towards the outside if you can.

Even though the brush gets very close to the lash line, the underside of my top lashline is clearly visible in the photograph above. This is why tightlining is important – to cover this gap.

To create a flick, tilt your head back and look down your nose at yourself in the mirror. Imagine your lower lash line continued upward: this is where your flick should go.

Mark your flick.

Join the flick back to the rest of your line in a curve. Wait for your flick to dry before your fully open your eyes. Practice your evil stare.

Take the Models Prefer Smudge brush and dip it in the gel liner.

Tap it off on the back of your hand again and make sure the brush is evenly coated.

Apply the brush to the underside of your top lash line and wiggle it around. Do this until there is no flesh showing.

Take your angled brush again and perfect the line at the top lash line. Make sure it is even and nice and dark. If you go over your flick, wait for it to dry before you fully open your eyes.

Check your work.


Take your heated eyelash curler and curl your lashes, concentrating on the root of the lashes. These heated curlers won’t work unless there is some mascara on the lashes.

The fact that you’ve already curled your lashes with a non heated curler means that you will not disrupt your liner at all and the mascara means that the curler will work immediately.

Once lashes are curled, apply another two coats of mascara to seal the curl.

To finish the rest of the face, apply bronzer. I’m using Korres Monoi Bronzer in 01. I apply it with a MAC 134 paddle brush. Just apply it below the cheekbones in a downward sweeping motion:

Then on the forehead and temple:

You can see that the bronzer gives me colour, but also creates some contouring without any harshness. It gives my face shape, and importantly, cheekbones!

I love red lipstick with this look. Here I’m applying the (discontinued) Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon (*sniff*).

The finished look!

If I could do my hair, I’d probably do something like this.

I love a sheer base with this look, as it keeps the whole thing from looking too ‘done’.

That’s it! Love this look for summer or winter. So feminine and pretty.

Well, back to the books!

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27 Responses to Models Prefer Brushes, a Winged Eyeliner Tutorial, and a Red Lip Look

  1. Jade says:

    So gorgeous Sarah, I agree keeping a sheer base keeps the look fresh/modern/youthful :)

  2. Dempeaux says:

    @Jade Thankyou! Yes, I love a sheer base. Some days I skip it entirely and just use sunscreen to give me some glow :)

  3. Megan says:

    Great look! I got an angled liner brush from Coastal Scents and they’re fantastic, especially when you’re just learning to do winged liner.

  4. Dempeaux says:

    @Megan Thankyou! I love the angled brush! I bought a brush roll from Coastal Scents years ago and hated every brush, but it sounds like their smaller brushes are good?

  5. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I really enjoyed it. Such a classy look on you too.
    Jane x

  6. Dempeaux says:

    @Jane No problem! I’m really enjoying this look at the moment. Stays put all day too, which is a bonus on my oily lids! :)

  7. Julie says:

    I really love photo tutorials – this one is fantastic! That winged eyeliner looks very flattering on you and I agree, it does look good with a sheer base. I am really looking forward to trying Ellis Faas – which product or products should I start with? Thanks :)

  8. Suzanne says:

    oh my GOD that gigantic paddle brush!! want!!

    Haven’t tried the smudge brush for liner – I must. good god Models Prefer do wonderful brushes, so impressed with their stuff.

  9. Dempeaux says:

    @Julie I’m glad it’s useful :) I’d start with the foundation and concealer from Ellis Faas – they are both stunning products that last all day! :)

  10. Dempeaux says:

    @Suzanne I LOVE that MAC 134 paddle brush! Great for applying powder, bronzer, and/ or blush. It’s about $52 in Oz but you can buy it from http://stores.homestead.com/Rock-The-Catwalk/-strse-MAC-cln-BRUSHES/Categories.bok or http://www.allcosmeticswholesale.com/c=VYl75j9Fbp2HauVAlUGWBCkrd/category/acw.brands.mac.accessories/ for a cheaper price. Definitely recommend! Thankyou SO much for the brushes Suzanne. As you can see, I love them! :D

  11. Jen W says:

    Aw shucks Sarah, you’re too kind.

    How amazing does Dragon look on you?! And the winged liner is SUPERB.

  12. Dempeaux says:

    @Jen Thankyou! I’m so glad to have RAL Dragon in my life :)

  13. Nat says:

    You look lovely Sarah – it’s such a simple look but it really suits you.

    I bought the MP smudge brush after reading Suzanne’s review but hadn’t thought of using it that way. I’ll definitely have to give it a go, it really finishes the look beautifully.

  14. Dempeaux says:

    @Nat Thankyou! And yes, definitely give it a go for winged liner. I really like it! :)

  15. Rin says:

    I’ve given up with gel eyeliner. I use the fluidline & MAC 210 which works really well but it takes me like, half an hour to apply it because I don’t want to mess it up. so now I don’t even bother with liner, lol. you look very fresh faced and pretty :)

  16. Dempeaux says:

    @Rin Try the angled liner brush! I find the 210 so small that my line is always wiggly ;) The brush makes all the difference :) Thankyou for your kind words!

  17. Angela says:

    You look drop dead gorgeous! Love Dragon on you btw.

  18. Dempeaux says:

    @Angela Awww thanks so much :) Yes, I love Dragon too!

  19. ki. says:

    HOW did I miss this post? :O I love how glamorous you look and I am totally jealous that the liner on both your eyes looks exactly the same! :P :D

  20. Dempeaux says:

    @Ki Thankyou! Although, I don’t believe that you can’t do perfect gel liner – it’s in your blood! :)

  21. Klara says:

    You look gorgeous! The red lipstick suits you so well (I also have a small sample of the Dragon RAL and it is a beautiful colour). By the way, which shade are you in the Ellis Faas concealer? And please stop saying “get this, get this”, I’m very easily persuaded :) x

  22. Dempeaux says:

    @Klara Thankyou! LOVE Dragon. I’m trying to stop myself from buying a backup :) I am S202 in the concealer. Buy it! ;)

  23. GlossQueen says:

    Awesome tutorial! It’s made me realise that I need more Model’s Prefer brushes, and I finally know what to do with my smudge brush :)

  24. Dempeaux says:

    @GlossQueen Oh Anissa, you would look amazing in winged liner, and yes, Models Prefer brushes are amazing! :D

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