How to Do Cat Eye Makeup Properly Using Liquid Eyeliner

We’ve already walked you through the smoky eye look that many celebrities have been wearing for years but now I’d like to take you through an even more dramatic look – cat eyes. There are a lot of women out there who don’t know how to do cat eye makeup properly and I was one of them. It’s a look I’ve liked for a while not but couldn’t find any decent tutorials on. It took a little trial and error but I’ve finally nailed down a technique that works wonderfully and that’s the technique I’ll be sharing with you today. I had hoped to do a photo tutorial but while doing the Kim Kardashian inspired makeup tutorial (coming soon!), my camera decided to die so unfortunately that’s not an option. Should I manage a new camera, I’ll update this post. For now, I’ll just make sure I explain everything in as much detail as possible. Let’s dive in!

Angelina Jolie’s Perfect Cat Eye Look (image: fashionstyleme.com)

Before We Begin

There is really just one thing I want to talk about before we start our step by step guide on how to do cat eye makeup properly and that one thing is the rest of your face. The cat eye look is a very bold, very attention grabbing look, even bolder and more attention grabbing than smoky eyes. For that reason, you really need to be careful with what you do with the rest of your makeup. Your eyes should be the star of the show so make sure you let them shine. This means minimal makeup on the rest of your face. You’re still going to want to put your foundation, concealer and powder on and you can add a little bit of blush and toner but when it comes to your lips, you’re really going to want to aim for a stripped down look. Stick to nude colors with perhaps a little bit of gloss. When I do cat eyes, I even leave the gloss in my makeup bag and stick to a matte color just slightly darker than my natural lip color but gloss is generally okay as long as it’s not super shiny.

Black Liquid Eyeliner (image: beautyandthefeast.com)

How to Do Cat Eye Makeup Properly: What You’ll Need

What products you use will really be up to you. I like using Elf cosmetics because they’re inexpensive, high quality products but you can use the more expensive stuff if you prefer. At the end of the article, I’ve included a link to Elf cosmetics so you can take a peak at what they have and decide if they’re a good option for you. To do cat eye makeup properly, you’ll need basically just need a decent black liquid liner. I don’t use shadow when I do cat eyes because I think the liner really does enough for my eye. If you decide to use shadow, apply your eye shadow primer and your shadow before you start doing your liner to make sure you keep your liner looking crisp.

You have to be really careful when you’re applying liquid liner because it’s extremely easy to make a mess with this stuff. Some women find using a product like Loreal Liquid Liner that comes with a felt tip applicator but I prefer using liquid liner that had a brush applicator. It’s really just my preference. It tends to be a little less expensive than felt tipped liners but felt tipped liners can be easier to use. Aside from that, I haven’t noticed much difference in the finished product.

The finished product. (image: newstylishfashion.net)

How to Do Cat Eye Makeup Properly: The Step by Step Guide

I would recommend reading through this guide once or twice so you are prepared for what you’re going to be doing. It’s also a good idea to give yourself a little time to practice this look before you’re planning to wear it for an event. This isn’t really a hard look to do but it may take a little bit of practice before you can get the technique down.
Step One: Starting at the inner corner of your eye, draw a thin line with your liquid liner all the way to the outer corner of your eye. Use short strokes to ensure a more even line and to prevent making a mess. Keep the line close to the lashes to start. You’ll be building on that line as we go but it’s much easier to start with a thinner line as your base.
Step Two: Look at your eye and decide how you want your line to look. For cat eye makeup, the liner should be much thicker on the outside corner or your eye lid but you’re going to want to gradually build into that thicker liner. I usually start thickening my line about a fingernail’s width from the inside corner of my eye. This gives me room to build my base line into a nice fat line at the outer corner. Basically this step is just all about visualizing how you want your liner to look. Figure that out before you even touch your eye with that liner again. Once I learned to pay attention to this step, I had much more success with this look.
Step Three: With the shape of the line you want in mind, find where you’d like to start thickening your line and touch that spot with the tip of your liner. Draw the line up and out to the corner of your eye using short strokes but only focus on getting the outline done. When you’re done this step you should have the top of your liner line and the base line drawn with naked lid in between. By doing this, you get an idea of what the finished product will look like but will still be able to make it thicker if you think it would look better. If you’ve gone too thick, you can remove a second line with a makeup remover pad without having to redo the base line. That’s not something that can be easily accomplished after you’ve filled the line in.
Step Four: Once you’re satisfied with the shape of your line, fill it in with your liner. You’re once again going to be using short strokes. Make sure you have the entire line filled in. You don’t want any naked lid showing through the line you’ve created. Do any touch ups necessary before moving on to the next step.
Step Five: With the basic line out of the way, it’s time to draw the wing on the outer corner of your eye. This is a step a lot of women have trouble with so I’ll be as clear as possible. You’re going to want to start drawing the wing from the outside corner of your lower lash line. How you draw the wing is up to you. I like to bring the line up to follow the natural curve of my lashes but some prefer bringing the line straight out. That’s really up to you and what you think works better on you. It doesn’t change the look a whole lot. Once you’ve drawn the line out from the outer corner of your lower lash line, connect it to the line you’ve drawn on the top lid. Bring this to a point. Fill in the line, do any necessary touch ups and you’re done!

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  1. Gotto love this look. Its beautiful and dramatic

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