How to do a simple cat eye Image by: Genevieve Caron
Nothing says polished and pulled together more than a precise cat eye. Here’s how to master the look in a few simple steps.
It looks intimidating, but a cat eye isn’t as high maintenance as it appears. With a few tips from Plutino Group makeup artist Jukka—and a bit of patience—you’ll be adding these subtle flicks to your makeup routine every day.
Step 1: Mark
Draw a thin line with eyeliner at the lash line, following your eye shape from the inner to the outer corner of your lid. With a bit of eyeshadow powder on a straight-edged brush, mark where you want the cat eye to be.
Step 2: Line
“Use your natural eye curve to determine where the flick should be,” says Jukka. With the eyeshadow mark as a guide, create the flick with eyeliner. Start thin, adds Jukka. “You can always add more.”
Step 3: Fill
To finish, thicken the flick with eyeliner. “If you’re a beginner, practise a few times on the back of your hand first,” says Jukka. “And don’t do the cat eye flick in one straight line.” Draw smaller strokes, then connect the dots.
PICK YOUR FORMULA
The look you’re after, plus your skill level, will dictate which product you use to achieve a cat eye.
Painter's Palette: Using a gel pot and a fine brush will give you basic control and definition.
M.A.C Cosmetics 210 Precise Eyeliner Brush, $24, maccosmetics.ca. Stila Smudge Pot, $26, sephora.ca. Maybelline New York Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner, $12, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Pen Pal: Felt-tipped liquid liners are straightforward but require a steady hand and lots of practice for precision.
M.A.C Cosmetics Brushstroke Liner, $24, maccosmetics.ca. CoverGirl Get in Line Liquid Eye Liner, $12, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Pencil Marks: For a softer take, use a pencil to achieve the cat eye. It’s a daytime-friendly way to wear this trend—and much more forgiving if you make a mistake.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, $25, urbandecay.ca. Hard Candy Take Me Out Liner, $5, walmart.ca.