The cat eye effect in eye makeup is hot right now. So hot. Good thing it’s simple to recreate and can be done with various types of eyeliner! Follow the simple steps below to achieve your own 60s-inspired style.
1. Start with a clean face. I like to do my eye makeup before I do the rest of my face so that the eyeshadow doesn’t create the dark circles under your eyes.
2. Choose any two eyeshadow colors, one light and one darker (for a more dramatic effect, choose a really dark color) and sweep the entire eyelid from lashline to brow. Then, take a small brush and apply the darker color to the outer half of your lid from lashline to a little above the crease.
3. Once you’ve got your eyeshadow on, it’s time for the eyeliner. You can use either a pencil or liquid liner, or a combination of both. I personally prefer the liquid liner, but use a combo when I’m in a hurry.
4. Start at the middle of your lash line and sweep either your eyeliner to the outer corner. IMPORTANT: Do not take your eyeliner all the way to the edge of your eye! If you do so, the flick part of your cat-eye will create the illusion of droopy eyes.
5. Finish the rest of the line to the inner corner of your eye, going all the way.
6. Now, for the flick, start at the place you left off at the outer corner of your eye and make a flick at a 45 degree angle going up. You may choose how long you make your flick, depending on how dramatic you want your makeup to be.
7. Go over your line, all the way through the flick, to create a seamless line of eyeliner.
8. Apply mascara.
*A handy trick that I learned for using liquid eyeliner is to use the blowdryer on the lowest setting to dry it so that it doesn’t smear while you are doing the rest of your makeup. The same may be done for mascara.
If you want, you may do your eyeliner with pencil or liquid eyeliner, but to mix it up, you can line the lid with a pencil, then use liquid for the flick.
Happy flicking, ladies! If you have any specific Qs on the how-to’s, shoot me an email!