Friday, November 20, 2015

FIVE Steps To The Perfect Bold Cat Eye (Tutorial)

Tackling the iconic cat eye style of eyeliner is no easy feat. For a style that creates the perfect almond shape, it is certainly not simple to replicate. There are a few obstacles that I personally need to overcome in order to make this look work for me: 1 I have to make sure the liner doesn't bleed into my fine lines; 2 I have to find an eyeliner that can withstand my watery eyes; and 3 I have to make the eyeliner look as even on both sides as I possibly can. If you find any of these concerns to match your own, then perfect! This tutorial is just the one for you! Usually I would go in with my trusty Inglot Gel Liner in #77, but today I decided to switch things up a bit and try out the Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner--probably not the smartest idea when endeavoring on a makeup look I've never done before, but hey, clearly I like to live on the wild side.


Note: If you've seen any of my other tutorials, you know I typically do my face makeup after my entire eye look is completed. However, if you're doing a detailed eyeliner, I would highly recommend doing your foundation and concealer as soon as you finish your eyeshadow. Once you commit to the eyeliner on the lower lash line, it will be hard to do your concealer in the under eye area without disturbing it.

1 Normally when I do my winged eyeliner, I create the bottom of my wing by flicking outwards from the outer edge of my eye. For the cat eye style of liner, however, I started my flick on the lower lash line, extending it upwards towards the tip of my brow. The lower you go on the under eye area will determine how thick your cat eye will be on the lower lash line.

2 Create your winged eyeliner the way you normally would. Because I used glitter on my lid, I decided to use my Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black as it will still create a smooth solid line over the glitter instead of skipping. I would suggest using a liquid eyeliner over glitter or shimmer eyeshadows as they tend to perform a lot better than cream or gel eyeliners and produce a more opaque line in those conditions.

3 In the first step, you created your guideline for your lower lash line. Switching back to the Tarte liner, I filled in my waterline and lower lash line, making sure the line was thickest at the outer corner and tapered to a thinner line at the inner corner. Try to make this line as clean and crisp as you can, but don't worry, small imperfections can be corrected towards the end.

4 Now for the step that makes the look! To create the inner flick, I like to use a fine tipped brush like the one provided with the Tarteist Clay Paint Liner because you can get a very precise application by just using the tip of the brush. Most people create the flick by extending it downwards from the upper lash line, but I have found that the trick to always getting the cat eye right is by extending it from the lower lash line. This allows you so much more control over the shape. To create the flick, you dip the eyeliner down starting at your tear duct. From there you can connect it to the eyeliner on your upper lash line. Start off with a small flick so you can adjust how dramatic you want it to be.

5 If you're lucky, it turned out perfect, but if you're like me, it might need a little sprucing up. So what I did was take the concealer I normally use underneath my eyes and a flat eyeliner brush and cleaned up the edges of my lower lash line, blending it downwards so as not to be too obvious. Also, I did some last minute touch ups by adding falsies and highlighting my brow bone. And that's it! You've perfected the cat eye. Go you!


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