Makeup How-To: Golden Wing Eyeliner

It's magical, people.

how to do a golden wing
(Image credit: Kathryn Wirsing/Stephanie Stanley)

Inspired by the gold droplets we saw on the eyes of models backstage before the Zimmermann 2015 runway show, we loved the idea of a metallic shadow to make the eyes pop and appear more youthful, no matter the season. What we ended up with was a delightful winged look that is as wearable to the office as it is in the Seven Kingdoms (opens in new tab).

how to do a golden wing

(Image credit: Kathryn Wirsing/Stephanie Stanley)

Start with your regular concealer (opens in new tab) and foundation (opens in new tab) application.

Step 1. Apply a medium brown eyeshadow (we like NYX Matte Warm Brown Shadow in Coquette (opens in new tab)) all over the lid with a proper eyeshadow brush (we used Bobbi Brown Eyshadow Brush (opens in new tab)).

Step 2. Use the same shadow underneath the lash line with the same brush.

Step 3. Wet the brush (very important) first to pick up more pigment. We used a Evian spritz bottle (2 sprays) and MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow (opens in new tab)on inner corner's and extend to center of lid and under eye using an angled eyeshadow brush.

Step 4 and 5. Starting from center of lid and moving outward, apply a shimmery beige shadow outward on the lid and under the eye.

Step 6. Wet a stiff, angled brush (we used Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Duo Angled Spooley/7 Brush (opens in new tab)) and draw a wing with M.A.C. Eyeshadow in Amber Lights (opens in new tab) in one swoop from outter corner of eye toward the temple.

Step 7. Finally, line your top lash line with black gel eyeliner (opens in new tab) (we used Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eyeliner (opens in new tab)) and a thin eyeliner brush, like M.A.C. #209 Eyeliner Brush (opens in new tab).

Step 8. Finish your look with a neutral lip (try Buxom Lip Cream in White Russian (opens in new tab)) and a coral cheek (try Stila Custom Coral Blush (opens in new tab)).

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Photos by Kathryn Wirsing/Stephanie Stanley