I will start by saying I am not a morning person. Anything that will help cut down how much time it takes to get ready in the morning allowing me to sleep longer is something I will jump on.
I first heard about the Vamp Stamp on my Instagram feed a couple months ago and was instantly skeptical. It was the night before I was going to do blog photos and kind of laughed off the thought of using a rubber “wing” stamp for my eyeliner flicks. I wear cat eye/winged liner every day and have for years. I am pretty quick with my flick from the oodles of practice, but I am also extremely persnickety with getting my winged eyeliner to look even on both sides. I don’t care what the beauty gurus say, I want them to look like TWINS not sisters. Some days, I get my eyeliner done in a couple minutes and it is perfectly symmetrical right from the start. Other days… well this image explains it all.
Fast forward to the next morning and I was running late to meet up with my cousin (who takes my lovely blog photos) because I couldn’t for the life of me get my eyeliner flicks even on both eyes. After countless makeup wipes and q-tips, I just threw my hands up and told her not to take any closeups of my face. It was this moment that I decided to try the Vamp Stamp. I figured that if it worked, awesome. If not, it would be one more “miracle” beauty products that I have tried and then left to collect dust.
The Vamp Stamp has two parts. The Vavavoom Stamp which comes in 3 sizes: Kitten, Medium, and Large. The stamp wand has two ends one for the wing on the left eye and one for the wing on the right eye. There is also the Vink Eyeliner Ink a pot of liquid liner with a sponge inside to dip the wing stamp in. The Vink comes with an angled brush so you can finish your eyeliner across your lid. The website doesn’t specify the actual length of the stamp wing sizes so picking which one to buy was a little difficult. I don’t feel like I wear very big wings normally so I decided to try the Kitten and Medium size. I also bought the Vink as they had a pretty good discount at the time if you bought both products. The Vavavoom stamp retails for $25 and the Vink Eyeliner Ink is $20.
The stamp is reusable so unless you destroy it somehow you won’t have to purchase it again. You also don’t have to use the Vink with the stamp. I tested this with other liquid eyeliners in my stash and they all worked. For reference I tested Jessie’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (this is a dupe for the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner), Physicians Formula Eye Booster™ 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum, and Rimmel Glam Eyes Precise Design Liquid Eyeliner.
So how does it work?
The process is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. Dip the end of the stamp in the Vink or coat it with your choice of liquid liner. You really don’t need much. Once the end is coated line up the end of the wing stamp with the outside corner of your eye. The stamp has a little “v” notch at the end of the wing for a guide. I line up the bottom corner of the wing with my bottom waterline and angle the wing tip upwards slightly. That way the bottom of the wing stamp follows the natural curve of my eye. Once that is placed I gently but firmly press the stamp on my skin. Try not to scrunch your face or move your eye so your skin gets full contact with the stamp. Otherwise, it might get distorted or look patchy when you lift the stamp from your face. Then I use one of my favorite eyeliner’s (mentioned above) and connect the wing to the rest of my eyelid. Once done, repeat these steps on the other eye and you’re good to go.
The first time I used this stamp, it took about 20 minutes for me to get the hang of it. Mainly because I had to figure out where to position the stamp on my eye, how much ink to coat the stamp with, and how much pressure to use while pressing the stamp on my skin. Once I figured that out it takes me maybe 5 minutes to do all my makeup in the morning. And to answer those questions (line up the bottom of the wing with your bottom waterline so it follows the curve of your eye, apply just enough ink to coat the stamp, press the stamp gently but with firm pressure).
I don’t wear much makeup day-to-day, just eyeliner (liquid on my lid and pencil to tightline), mascara, eye shadow, and lipstick. Still, I can honestly say this has lessened my morning routine quite a bit so I am happy with the product.
I am not sure if I will purchase the Vink again once I run out as my other eyeliners work just as well. Although, I will say that the Vink liquid eyeliner ink is a true deep black. I don’t have to go over the stamp multiple times to get my liner opaque. It also has lasted quite a while. I have been using it religiously every day for almost 3 months and it is still going strong.
As for what size I prefer, definitely the medium. The kitten is pretty small. If I am feeling like more dramatic winged eyeliner, I have shifted the stamp farther from the outside corner of my eye so the wing will extend farther out. I still line it up with my bottom waterline, I just stamp it in a slightly different spot.
Have you tried an eyeliner stamp? Have you tried any of the other “fail proof” cat eyeliner hacks? Do you struggle with doing winged liner? Tell me about it in the comments down below.
~ Sewcial Dee