Ariana Grande's "signature eyeliner technique" relies on her nails

A craftier cat eye trick we never did see

Editor / August 22 2022

Winged liner is a staple for a tonne of celebs, we're well aware, but few do it better (AKA sharper) than Ariana Grande. And yes, though it's highly likely that a pro has performed cat eye magic on her many times, she's actually quite the eyeliner master herself. So how does she do it?! Not without modesty, that's for sure! In a recent TikTok video created for Selfridges UK, Grande started with a disclaimer: "I don't know if it's a good technique," the r.e.m. beauty founder confessed. "I didn't promise that, but I said that I'd do it." Fair!

"This is how I do my eyeliner; I'm just going to wing it," she said (great joke, we know) as she held the skin taut around the eye area to allow for easier application. "I know I'm not supposed to yank, [but] just for now," she added.

Some people start by lining the eye, but Grande goes straight in with the wing first, drawing downward toward her outer corner rather than actually 'winging' or flicking outward. Clever! She's damn good at it too; it only took her two strokes of her trusty felt tip (one directly to the outer corner, and then another slightly below to thicken the wing up). She definitely deserves bonus points for nailing said technique with outer corner lashes already applied; not easy!

@arianagrande

@arianagrande

@arianagrande

However, it was after her general wing application that the real magic happened. While the eyeliner was still damp enough to move, Grande used the top of her long nail to wing it out further, allowing the tapered tip to neaten, sharpen and elongate the tail of her cat eye. Crafty, right?!

She was pretty pleased (and justifiably so) with her handiwork. "Bloody hell; I've done it," she joked in the British accent she'd adopted for the video. Even icons know how hard it is to nail winged liner!

@arianagrande

@arianagrande

But because she's a relatable queen, Grande did admit to slightly struggling with symmetry. "Woah, different vibe on this side," she laughed mid-application. "Hey, buckle up, we went somewhere. We went somewhere else on this side, this one's going to a different place."

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Honestly, both sides looked pretty damn phenomenal to us, but if eyeliner isn't the great equaliser, we don't know what is. "It went well once and that's what the fun part is," Grande said in closing, and honestly, true. We need that on a motivational t-shirt; we'll be wearing it every time we apply as a reminder that not every day can be an even eyeliner day.


Main image credit: @arianagrande

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Delaney Loane is BEAUTYcrew's Editor (and resident cateye connoisseur). An expert in everything from sensitive skin solutions to lip oil options that won't leave your hair permanently attached to your face, her words have also appeared across mastheads such as ELLE and marie claire.

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