I’m no makeup guru, but I know what I like! For the past 2 years, I’ve been
liking, no, LOVING the cat-eye. As artistic and fine-motor skill inclined as I think I am, no matter how many times I tried, I could never get the look just right. Too thick, too thin, too long, too wobbly… Basically, I’ve probably made every mistake a human possibly can when trying to recreate this “belle de jour” makeup look I’ve been pinning non-stop over on Pinterest.
You may be asking, what does this mean for you?! Let me tell you. My eye painting incompetence is your makeup win. Through my epic fails I’ve learned a few tricks and that I am about to share with you. You can thank me later.
1. Invest in a good eye primer.
Because what good is a perfect cat-eye flick, when it’s melting off your face? I recently started adding this extra step into my makeup routine- I love my MAC Paint Pots for a little wash of color, or the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base for a truly clean canvas. Not every day of course, but eye primer is great for those long days or nights when you’re wearing full makeup and you want your hard work to last longer than that delicious dirty vodka martini (with blue cheese stuffed olives). Those always seem to go down so fast, don’t they?
2. Take the time to fill in BETWEEN your lashes.
Use a felt-tip eyeliner- I’ve been a devotee of the STILA Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner and really get in there between those upper lashes, filling in any miniscule spaces between the lash hairs. Those extra 2 minutes of “effort” will pay off in the way of a thicker, lusher looking lashline. Trust me.
3. Use a combination of felt-tip liner and liquid liner.
I start the cat eye process post priming and lash filling, by drawing a thin line as close to my lashes as possible- you can always make it thicker. I make the initial line with a felt-tip liner, then coat my original line using a wet, slick liquid liner which dries to a glossy sheen. I think the Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion is the best tool for the job! As for the little flick on the end, it’s best to imagine a dotted line that extends from your lower lashline and continues up and out, in the same direction. Next, you draw a line to match that and pray that you don’t screw it up.
4. Be prepared in case you do screw up.
“Expect the worst, hope for the best.” That’s the motto that best describes A) cat-eye application B) first dates. It’s always a good idea to be prepared, in either scenario. In the case of cat-eyes, I recommend a Q-Tip soaked in gentle eye makeup remover- the BOBBI BROWN
Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover is the best . In the case of first dates, I recommend a stiff drink 30-minutes before going out!
5. Watch the BEST cat-eye tutorial out there.
If you’re a visual person like me, nothing is better than watching an expert in action before really getting in there yourself.
Here is my favorite:
Do YOU have any tips/tricks for perfecting this feline inspired look?