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Pop singer Effie Liu’s “Wings on Fleek” song is one part makeup tutorial, one part 'Grease' tribute. We dig.

These days, there are endless makeup-tutorial videos on YouTube for everything you could ever want to learn to do to your face. But none are as exciting as pink-haired NYC pop singer Effie Liu’s catchy new pop music video, which includes a step-by-step for getting winged liner.

“Wings on Fleek” came about because “I woke up one day, and everyone was calling various things 'on fleek,' because of Vine. It was driving me bananas, so I kind of poked fun and said, ‘Well, ya know what? My wings are on fleek!’ This idea grew into a full-blown song dedicated to my daily ritual and struggle of getting symmetrical, perfectly winged liner,” says Liu. Additionally, it’s her way of “expressing appreciation for my fellow winged babes — sometimes you pass one by and just want to commend her for a job well done!”

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The music video, which is inspired in part by Grease’s “Beauty School Dropout” and slumber-party scenes, incorporates Liu’s vision with her makeup artist and hairstylist by her side, enacting their actual routine in a more playful, colorful way. As for her makeup, the singer — whose own musical tastes include Hole and No Doubt — says “vintage vibes” majorly influence her, for example, Traci Lords’ character, Wanda Woodward, from Cry-Baby. “Her wings were drawn on supersharp — they could cut butter!”

For her own efforts, Liu says she usually sticks to her signature look but loves watching Michelle Phan tutorials because they’re so transformative and fascinating. And her must-have liner? “MAC Fluidline gel eyeliner in Blacktrack is my trusty go-to, with the help of their angled brush. If I’m going out, especially in the summer when I don’t want my makeup to be affected by sweat or the surprise attack of a Super Soaker, MAC Liquidlast Liner does the job.”

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