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How to Create the Perfect "Cat" Eyes
Last Updated: 03/09/2012
A cat eye is a sort of a pointed make up line around the eyes to make them seem longer and more vicious. If done properly, a cat eye can completely transform the  looks of a woman. It is a dramatic and timeless fashion from Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Jennifer Lopez and of course Angelia Jolie.

Want to be able to get a great cat eye makeup look but not sure how to go about it?
Alright, you might not master this technique on your first try but with a little practice you're bound to do a great job!
 A pencil eyeliner is the easiest way to learn how to master this look.



STEP 1- Before starting, make sure you have a good canvas to work with. Prepare your skin to maximize the efficiency of your eye makeup application.

STEP 2- CAT EYE makeup is all about your EYELINER!!! Have a good dark brown or black pencil ready. You can also use eyeshadow as your eyeliner (softer look) or liquid eyeliner (a little more difficult but more striking effect).

STEP 3- Now, apply your base eyeshadow on the entire upper eyelid...can be any color really but if you want a low-key look, use a neutral matte eyeshadow that compliments your skin tone. For a little glam and intensity, use a shimmer shadow or a deeper color such as dark taupe, brown or smokey grey, even black if desired.

STEP 4- Get your eyeliner ready! Line your entire upper eyelid as close to lash line as possible.

160906_1331046956 For a soft look: Extend the line slightly in a straight continuous line. Look in the mirror. Assess. Like it? Touch up and do the other side.

For a more dramatic look: Here's the trick. When you get to the end of the outer corner, STOP. Now, extend your eyeliner in a continuous line once again BUT using a slight upwards angle. (I usually like to aim the angle of the line toward the outer edge of my eyebrow.) Let go of your skin and assess. Like it? Touch up if necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a thin eye liner brush to help keep the line as thin as possible.

  • If the brush has too much eye liner or a clump of eye liner on it when you pull the applicator from the eye liner bottle, wipe the brush off with a tissue.

  • To keep your hand steady so you can draw a straighter line, you can rest your elbow on a countertop or flat surface.

  • If you are practicing your eye lining skills, apply the eye liner without applying eye shadow first. Once you get the hang of applying the eye liner, apply your other eye makeup, such as eye shadow first. Then, apply the eye liner on top of the eye shadow.

  • Using an eye liner pencil is slightly less difficult than learning how to use liquid eye liner.

  • Using an eye liner pencil can create a thicker line than what you can achieve with liquid eye liner. This is especially true as you lose the point on the pencil from using the pencil.

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