The cat eye makeup trend seems to have been around since the beginning of time – but it’s definitely not going anywhere anytime soon. The look is simultaneously bold and classic, so you can’t go wrong with it on any occasion! Learn how to do cat eye makeup right here with these easy tips and tricks!
Step 1 – Prep your skin with primer
Primer is essential for any eye look, but especially if you’re trying to achieve a precise line. By filling in your eyebrows, your eyeliner will remain smoother and longer-lasting. If you don’t want to use primer, simply make sure your skin is clean and dry—but we suggest using primer anyway; it just makes everything easier. Try Too Faced Shadow Insurance or NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base . You may also want an anti-aging under eye treatment like IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer . Also set with powder: A good powder will help keep things from creasing and keep you looking fresh longer—also important when you’re planning on being on camera all day!
Step 2 – Choose an eyeliner pencil
The first step in learning how to do a cat eye is selecting an eyeliner pencil. There are many options, but some are easier for beginners than others. The trick is finding one that goes on smoothly and doesn’t have an overly hard or soft tip. For instance, a pencil with too soft of a tip might be difficult to create a firm line, while one with too hard of a tip may be tough for you to control and could cause excess scratching of your lid. In general, try testing out two or three different kinds before deciding on your favorite—and if you don’t like any of them, consider trying something new (for example, liquid eyeliner).
Step 3 – Line your eyes from the inside corner outwards, then from the outside corner inwards
This creates an S-shaped line that’s easier to apply, as you have more control over your hands and don’t have a finger blocking half of your eye. Line just above your lashes. If you mess up, wipe off with a Q-tip or tissue and start again. To finish, line underneath your lower lashes on either side of your eyes. You don’t need too much liner at first, practice makes perfect!
Step 4 – Fill in your entire line with color
To really get some good shading and a thick, defined line, apply your color in an uneven zigzag. Move your applicator up and down as you go rather than in a straight line. This will create shadows that give your liner depth and keep it from looking too harsh. Use whatever color you want for this step (we used black). Also make sure that you don’t put too much product on your brush because it can get messy! When it comes to applying eyeliner, messiness is usually caused by trying to draw a perfect line in one attempt, which is nearly impossible. If you’ve never tried doing cat eye makeup before but always wanted to learn how, we hope these tips will help you master the look!
Step 5 – Blend above and below your liner for a smooth look
This is an important step that many people skip. Blending your eyeshadow not only makes it look more natural, but it also prevents harsh lines from appearing. To avoid an artificial look, make sure you blend a little bit above and below your liner for a natural effect! I recommend blending in short strokes going up and out, rather than blending upwards and outwards. This creates a much smoother look overall! Keep practicing and you’ll be able to master both of these methods!
Step 6 – Add mascara to the top and bottom lashes
For an on fleek look, brush on a coat of lengthening mascara on your upper lashes and opt for a volumizing formula on your lower lash line. Start by brushing top lashes with upward strokes and follow up with side-to-side strokes as you work your way down. Finish off with two coats of lengthening mascara on both upper and lower lashes. Make sure that you curl your lashes beforehand and if need be, use a lash curler after each coat of mascara to avoid clumps. It’s important not to skip out on any of these steps or else you risk ending up with raccoon eyes (not cute). The key is taking your time when applying product so that everything looks smooth when it dries down.
Different Types of Cat Eye Makeup Look
The traditional cat eye look requires a bit of skill, but if you follow these steps you’ll be able to master it in no time. 1. Start by outlining your upper lash line using a liquid eyeliner, like L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Black Lacquer Waterproof Eye Liner . You can use a flat-head angled brush like MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush ($22), or any other small angled brush (like an eyeshadow brush). Be careful not to over-line, as that is what will give your eye definition. 2.
Bright semi smokey cat eye
Put some black eyeliner on your index finger and then with your ring finger, trace a cat eye onto one of your eyelids. This is going to be an easy way for you. Don’t forget to wear mascara. Put it all over your eye. Your first application will be better than any other application you ever had because it is fresh and looks good on you. It may not be right but it will look good if you just apply enough layers until things are how you want them or close too! If they don’t look like you want them, redo them with new eyeshadow or mascara until they look good on you again; keep doing that till everything looks right for YOU.
Smokey Cat Eye
The trick for a great, sexy cat eye is all in finding that perfect line. While everyone’s eyes are different, there is a method that will guarantee a stunning result every time you apply your makeup. The best way to create a smoky eye look? Start by applying concealer all over your lids and underneath your lower lashes with an eyeliner brush. Next, take two colors of shadow — one lighter than your skin tone and one darker — and mix them together until you get your desired shade. Use an angled eyeliner brush to apply it, then smudge with a cotton swab. Voilà!
Start by applying a neutral eye shadow all over your lid, from lash line to brow bone. This will be your base. Then take a light shimmery shade that is not too pigmented and apply it from lash line to just under your eyebrow, making sure you create an upside-down V shape at the outer corner of your eye. This will be where you apply your dark grey/black liner and helps camouflage any mistakes you make when applying that liner.
Glitter Cat Eye
Glitter is a definite no when it comes to doing an eye look. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little glitz in your life when it comes to applying eyeliner for special occasions like New Year’s Eve or a night out with friends. If you want just a hint of glimmer, try layering silver shadow or eyeshadow primer before applying black liner (and remember, practice makes perfect!). You can always finish off your look with some mascara and false lashes if you like! Glitter may be too much but shimmer is alright sometimes.
Some Usefull Tips for Applying cat eye makeup
- Pre-prep your face with facial moisturizer, primer and foundation if you want. Base make up will ensure that your cat eyeshadow last longer on your face. – Once all of you prep is done, apply eyeliner on top lid and bottom lid if you want. Eyeliner makes eyelashes look fuller. You can choose smudge proof one or non smudge for better effect. But avoid using pencil liners because they are not good for applying due to rough texture of it; use gel based one instead as they glide smoothly over lids.