Creating a “cat eye” is one of the most commonly requested makeup tricks I hear from clients, and while the look definitely makes a big statement, the technique couldn’t be easier. The mod trend is everywhere this fall, and if you’re hesitant to go full-on 60’s, the cat eye is a way to give a nod to the style without going over the top. Keep it subtle for day-to-day by using a dark brown or grey liner, or turn up the drama with jet black. Scroll down for the step-by-step…

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  1. I like to start with a shadow (MAC eye shadow in Carbon) and dampened angled eye liner brush for better control, and then follow up with liquid liner. An eye marker or pencil work too if that’s what you’re most comfortable with.
  2. Start with a neutral shadow on your lids to really let the eye liner pop. Starting in the corner of the eye, lay the brush against the lash line and make small brush strokes down and toward the lashes — this way you aren’t trying to conquer the entire eye in one stroke. At the outside corner of the eye, gently lift your brush with a slight “flick” to get that famous wing. Tip: When starting out, keep the lines subtle. You can go over your work and thicken it once you have your base line.
  3. For added drama, go back over the entire line with either a liquid liner or marker to make it super dark
  4. Once you’re finished, you can use your angled brush to smooth out any corrections.

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Comments (9)
  1. 1
    aleandtere August 28, 2013 at 8:49 am

    this is a great tutorial… i’ve tried the cat-eye look but end up looking more like Cleopatra! lol thank you!

  2. 2
    FripperyVintage August 28, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Love doing a cat eye! So much fun.

  3. 3
    Ivana @ Macarons and Pearls August 28, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Thank you so much for doing this tutorial, girls! It’s something I’ve been dying to master, and yet, every time I try, I end up with some variation of raccoon eyes lol Seriously, if this tutorial doesn’t work, I’m giving up on cat eye!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

  4. 4
    Quyen Nguyen (@LiveItinerantly) August 28, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Great tutorial! I would love to learn how to do the cat eyes with Asian eyes.

  5. 5
    Inna Olimpiyuk August 28, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Great , great tips!

  6. 6
    Lotoya Vongrechin August 29, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Whew, drawing a cat eye on myself it’s a process. One eye looks perfect and the other not so much. Thank you for the tutorial. This is a application I must practice to make perfect.

  7. 7
    Kate Elkins August 30, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Step 1 – Find someone to do it for you.



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