The subtle eye makeup trick Jennifer Aniston swears by for a chic, soft-focus look

An effortless take on classic eyeliner, Jennifer Aniston's eyeshadow wing is the look to recreate this summer

Jennifer Aniston is pictured with a warm brown smoky eye and eyeshadow eyeliner look whilst she arrives at the Emmy FYC Event For Apple TV+'s "The Morning Show" at Paramount Studios on June 02, 2024 in Los Angeles, California/ in a pink template
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When the want to elevate your everyday eye makeup look arises but you don't have the time or patience to sculpt a precise cat-eye, Jennifer Aniston's recent winged eyeshadow look offers a chic and low-maintenance solution.

Beloved for their ability to define and lift the eyes, the best eyeliners can be as essential as the best foundations in our makeup arsenals. But liner can also double as the bane of our existence – especially when it comes to mastering the art of how to apply liner in liquid form. One wrong move and your eyeshadow and concealer are ruined or, more annoying still, your two wings don't match.

Thankfully, though, there is another equally flattering but slightly more forgiving alternative that appears to have Jennifer Aniston's stylish seal of approval: the eyeshadow wing. Offering an effortless feel whilst still accentuating the eyes, here's why this warm and smudgy eyeshadow wing is the look to recreate this summer and beyond.

Why we're loving Jen Aniston's shadow liner for subtle summer glam

Appearing at the Emmy FYC Event for Apple TV+'s The Morning Show on June 2nd, Aniston paired a gorgeous burgundy and orange floral dress with matching burgundy strappy heels, a nude lip and a warm, brown eyeshadow look that was the talk of our beauty team. 

Jennifer Aniston is pictured with a soft brown eyeshadow eyeliner whilst attending the Emmy FYC Event for Apple TV+'s "The Morning Show" at Paramount Studios on June 02, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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We were immediately taken by the way that the diffused, warm tones flattered her blue-grey eyes (worth keeping in mind if yours are a similar colour), but it was the trendy and effortless eyeshadow-as-liner that really sold this look to us. 

Subtly extending from the outer corner of her eye, Aniston opted for a soft brown wing – so subtle, in fact, that it could almost be mistaken for part of her lashes, giving them natural-looking definition and a fuller appearance. The metallic taupe shade also helped bring out her eyes' sparkle. 

This style of brown eyeshadow wing – unlike a solid pencil or liquid line – offers a softer look, while the smudged finish is also ideal for eyeliner beginners because, as mentioned, it's more forgiving and less precise. With the help of an angled brush and a Q-tip (for any accidents), you can apply a flick or wing with very minimal effort. The true appeal of this look is the smudgier, the better.

How to recreate Jennifer Aniston's soft eyeshadow liner

To recreate Aniston's look, all you'll need is either a brown eyeshadow or smudgable eyeliner pencil and an angled eyeshadow brush.

Simply apply your base eyeshadow colour to your lid before lining the outer corner of your eye using your brown eyeshadow and angled brush, extending it upwards into a small flick. You can also use pencil for this step before buffing it out with your brush. To finish, apply a coat or two of your best mascara to define and fan out your lashes.

For a more understated look, you could opt for the lining step alone or, for a bolder finish, use your brown eyeshadow to define the lower lash line, too. The latter will create an easy smokey eye (AKA one of our favourite easy makeup looks for added drama).

Naomi Jamieson
Digital Beauty Writer

Naomi is a Digital Beauty Writer from woman&home, where she covers everything from skincare to fragrance but specialises, particularly, in makeup and nail trends. Through her work, Naomi gets to share her trend expertise and share her own shopping recommendations and product reviews. Previously, she worked as a Lifestyle News Writer for My Imperfect Life magazine, where she used her savvy for TikTok to bring readers the latest beauty buzzwords, fashion movements and must-have products. 

Before that, Naomi split her time between both GoodTo and My Imperfect Life, whilst training for her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ, for which she earned a Distinction. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but leapt into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing. Now, when she isn’t reporting on the best perfumes and latest beauty releases, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping...