Captivating Cat Eyes in Three Easy Steps

Monday, August 22, 2011 | Tips & How-Tos, application tips, cat eyes, cateye makeup, dramatic eye looks, gel eyeliner

Few eye looks are as seductive as the sultry cat eye. In addition to the requisite tools—gel eyeliner (black), a flat eyeliner brush and mascara—you’ll need a healthy dose of confidence to own this classic runway look.

Pur Intensity Carbon HR Step One: Line Your Lashes
Using your gel eyeliner and eyeliner brush, trace your lash line from the inner corner of your eye to the outer corner, flicking the line up at the end. Make sure you follow the lash line as closely as possible to create the proper effect. (You can also create a “path” to follow using a mineral makeup pencil. Just be sure to cover your guide line completely with your eyeliner gel.) Once both eyes are lined, use your brush to even out the ends.
Mascara_TripleAction2 Step Two: Add Mascara
This scene-stealing look is all about drama. Play it up with a volumizing mascara like Triple Impact. Start with a light coat and curl as you comb. For high drama, try press-on lashes and embrace your inner diva!

Browperfection Step Three: Bold Brows
You’ll need bold brows to capture this classic look. For those on the threadbare side, get ‘em in shape with a brow definer like Mineral Brow Perfection.  Use the shaping wax to “fluff” up those arches and the mineral brow powder to fill them in.

Smoky or Sheer?
While the classic cat eye has typically been shadow-free, a more contemporary trend pairs this smoldering look with a smoky finish. For smoky cat eyes, apply darker shades around the socket to make your eyes pop. “Flick” color from the outer corner of the eye (in the direction of your eyeliner) up to the brow bone. This creates a large, almond-shaped—truly cat-like—effect. Smudge the edges and apply a lighter coat to eyelids, if desired.