Master The Cat Eye In 5 Easy Steps
If I’m being completely honest, the classic cat eye has never really fallen out of favour since it first made an appearance in the 1950s. Hardly surprising for a look that is both classic and modern, made up and minimalist all at the same time. From Audrey Hepburn’s doe-eyed innocence and Brigitte Bardot’s bombshell look, to Dita Von Teese’s playful wing tips or Amy Winehouse’s exaggerated flicks, cat eyes can be worn in many different ways to suit your style.
Creating the perfect wing tips is easier said than done though. No make-up look has inspired as many online memes or YouTube videos. And rightly so. Unless you have a surgeon’s precision or super steady hands, you need a lot of practice to perfect evenly angled feline flicks. I’m always up for a make-up challenge though, and I’ve tried countless ways to perfect the look before arriving at this foolproof, tried-and-tested method. Nine out of 10 times, this hack will help you get it right.
Also read: Give The Cat Eye A Goth Twist.
Take an inch-long piece of Scotch tape and stick it to a soft surface, preferably some fabric or the back of your hand. (Doing this reduces the tape’s adhesive power and prevents you from tugging heavily on your delicate eye area while taking it off.)
Stick the loosened tape at the outer corner of your eye, directly beneath the lower lashes and softly angled up towards where your brow ends.
Using the tape as your guide, draw a straight line upwards from the corner of your eye. The longer the line, the more dramatic your winged eye will look. About halfway up should be fine. (Don’t worry if the liner bleeds onto the tape; it’ll go along with the tape when you take it off.)
I’ve used L’Oreal Paris Super Liner 24 Hour Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black to create this look.
Place your liner at the top of the line you just made to draw another one going downwards towards your lash line to create the flick. Make sure it is sharp and pointed. It’s always best to work your way from the outside to the inside to achieve the thickness you want.
You will now have a hollow triangle. Fill it in with the liner.
Line your lash line like you normally would. Ideally you should start from the middle of the eye and sketch short, thin strokes towards the wing tip to create a seamless line. Then finish by lining the inner corner as close to the lash line as possible.
Et voila! Perfectly shaped flicks! Notice how the line starts off thin, gradually thickening in the centre before flicking outwards in a sharp point. You want to recreate this exact look on the other side.
To finish off the look, peel off the tape and use an eyelash curler to lift up your lashes. Then apply two coats of mascara – I’ve used Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Waterproof Mascara here – and you’re ready to take on the world.
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