Those of you who have embraced the Way Of The Cat Eye know how devastatingly cute, seductive, fun, dramatic and gorgeous it can be.
But I know too many people who say that they can’t do a cat-eye. They don’t think it works on them. They never figured out how to do it. They can’t find a good liquid liner. They just. Don’t. Know.
I'm going to talk you through some of the pitfalls, errors or mistakes that most people make...and I promise you... you can do it.
Look, I won’t lie: the most important things in learning how to do your eyeliner are experimentation and practice. Nobody is good at this stuff the first time they try. But these tips, tricks and lessons are going to make it so much easier, and I guarantee that with my help, you'll have it mastered in no time.
Hey, if I could do it with a felt-tipped pen in high school, you can do it today with actual eyeliner. I promise. (Also: please don't use a felt-tipped pen.)
Let’s begin the lessons with a thorough grounding in the basics -- these are mostly ways for people to figure out and correct the issues they've been having with their liner
NOW! Some simple guidelines...
Line shape and thickness.
A good cat eye is not the same width all the way across; that would be crazy-unflattering. It begins with a thin line, then gets thicker towards the end. Starting from the end, I draw a semi-circle about halfway across my lid, smoothing it out so that it's a gradual arch.
The width and placement of this thicker part can create all sorts of fun illusions. If you make it rounder, it can make eyes look bigger. If you make it flatter and thinner, it can make eyes look longer. If you start the thick arch really close to the end, it can make eyes look further apart. If you bring the thick part closer to the inside, it can give you a retro, almost Powerpuff Girls wide-eyed style.
Find Your Ideal Shape
Cat-eye liner is not a one-size-fits-all prospect, and depending on the depth of your crease and the shape of your eyes, you may need to experiment a little to find which shape and thickness looks best for you. Keeping that in mind, there are two basic cat-eye wing shapes: Curvy and triangular.
A curvy wing comes out, rounds at the bottom, then curves up like end of the letter J.
A triangular wing comes straight up and then in.
I’ve found that curvy wings are best if you want to make your eyes look bigger, as they extend and elongate the natural lash line. The triangular shape works best if you have quite large eyes and are looking for some added definition.
Another guideline: If you have very deep eyelid creases, or an extra fold, try a curvy flick. This shape tends to miss the crease at the outer corner, thus avoiding any issues that can occur with an angular shape over skin that moves.
If your creases are shallow, or if you don’t have epicanthic folds at all, start out with a triangular shape. See how you like it. If it’s too angular, begin rounding it out a little and see where it takes you.
Of course, none of this is eyeliner law. You do not HAVE to stick to these guidelines or else the Cat Eye Police will come and get you, or a magazine will call you a “don’t.” These are just some places to start experimenting--at the end of the day, wear your makeup the way that makes you happy.
TIP: don't pull on your skin
At first, this seems like a good idea. Pull the skin tighter so that you can draw your lines easier, right? Wrong! So wrong! This creates weird illusions, and depending on how you’re pulling, it can make you think that your flick is going higher or straighter than it really is.
THE LONG AND THE SHORT
Keep your length in mind... This is the number-one reason why I think so many people imagine that cat eyes aren’t cute on them: the length of their flicks is wrong. Too long of a wing and the cat eye isn’t flattering; too short of a wing and the same thing applies. It’s a classic Goldilocks conundrum!
GET A PRODUCT YOU LOVE
Get a product that you love.
I really like LORAC Front of the Line PRO liquid eyeliner. It is so brilliant--truly black and absolutely waterproof, with a thin and flexible tip that is perfect for drawing cat eyes. I've also talked a lot about a few other favorites of mine in earlier blogs. Here are the links:
Girls Get in line 1
Girls Get in line 2
Girls Get in Line 3
You may have read all this and felt a little overwhelmed. It's a lot of information! Just know that it isn't actually that complicated when you're doing it. Have fun! Play, and enjoy the results.
Just a perfectly smooth, precise line. This is what we all strive to achieve. I'm not sure which of her makeup artists was behind it—she uses both Francesca Tolot and Sir John a lot. But whoever it was, major props to him or her.
Beyonce's beautiful new look, she debut a cute wavy bob haircut, was put on blast last week but at the Tophop Man store opening in New York City.
Her line of liquid eyeliner flicked up at the end so precisely, I'm not sure a purer example of makeup perfection has ever existed in the world.
I've written about eyeliners before (Girls Get In Line Part 1 and Girls Get In Line Part 2) and I will write about eyeliner again. I'm obsessed! Here is the thing about flicks and wings and the cat eye...you need the right tools... so I am forever on the hunt for the perfect liners. Here are a few products I think will make Beoncey's cat eye effortless.
MAC GREASEPAINT STICK ($21)
At first leery of this chubby stick — it looks like a crayon — I was sold once I tried it. Intentional or not, the thickness actually worked for the product, delivering that perfectly imperfect Francophile muss. Tip: Using the black stick (it’s available occasionally in other hues), run the product along the upper and lower lash lines and smudge both with your ring finger. Then go over the top line with black liquid liner. Best of all, the stuff stays. One knock: It’s a limited-edition item that comes and goes, which is a pain when it comes to restocking.
LANCôME ARTLINER 24H ($30.50)
To compensate for my sparse eyelashes, I’ve probably tried every liquid eyeliner on the market. It comes down to two attributes: depth of color and a controllable drawing tip. This Lancôme liner succeeds with both. It comes in a delightfully inky black (and a slew of colors should you go down that route) with a foam tip that isn’t too thin or too long — a favorite for on-the-go mornings.
TRISH MCEVOY LASH ENHANCING LIQUID LINER PEN ($48)
Lash Enhancing Liquid Liner Pen is expensive... but damn it if it is not amazing and it helps your eyelashes grow thicker! Water resistant and long wear, the precision pen defines eyes—from subtle to dramatic—with controlled ease while the lash conditioning formula increases the appearance of lash fullness...in 15 days! Finish is shinny.
NYX COSMETICS LIQUID BLACK LINER ($6)
NYX Cosmetics Liquid Black Liner creates a matte finish eyeliner that lasts all day, is inexpensive and easy to use.
Please don't forget to curl your lashes, fill in your brows and use mascara!!!!
sexy cat eye with flick!
cat eye with flick for hooded eye
day time flick
THINGS I LOVE!