When it comes to chic makeup styles, one of the most popular and coveted looks is the cat eye. A cat eye is achieved by sweeping black eyeliner onto the top lid just so, creating a bold, iconic and signature look. However, giving yourself a perfect cat eye is easier said than done. It’s important to learn the proper technique for applying a cat eye to make sure your look comes off as sleek, not sloppy.
The cat eye is popular because it is universally flattering. It complements any face shape or shade and is casual enough to wear every day, yet sophisticated enough for a night out. The cat eye is a fashionable choice no matter the outfit or occasion.
This makeup trend originated in the 1960s, when Hollywood actresses were first seen sporting the look. Ever since then, this classic style has never lost its appeal or relevance in the fashion world.
Although a cat eye can be achieved with just eyeliner, prepping the lid with shadow really takes takes the look to the next level. Whichever approach you choose, the first step is always applying primer. A good primer base ensures a vibrant and long-lasting appearance. For a traditional cat eye, next brush on a neutral, cream-colored eye shadow. This helps to brighten and further highlight the eye.
For the actual cat eye shape, you can use either an eye pencil or liquid eyeliner with a thin brush tip (recommended). First, starting from the outer corner of your top lid, use the eyeliner to steadily draw a long, sharp, upward-slanting line. Next, create a triangle by connecting the top of your slanted line back down to your lash line, then use the liner to color in the triangle you just made. This will serve as the wing of your cat eye.
Next, carefully draw a line from the bottom of your triangle along your lash line towards the inner corner of your eye. Make sure the thickness of this line decreases with length. After this, take a moment to inspect your work, then use a cotton swab with makeup remover or Vaseline to touch up any areas as needed. To complete your look, apply one to two coats of mascara to your top lashes.
Following these steps will help you master this technique and make the cat eye an indispensable part of your beauty routine.