The cat eye is an iconic makeup look that has been popular throughout the decades, and it’s very easy to achieve once you know how to get the perfect shape. The key to getting the shape right comes down to two simple things: knowing how to draw the line, and choosing the right eyeliner pencil for your skin type and desired finish. If you can nail these two things, then you’ll be on your way to mastering the cat eye.
1: GRAPHIC ARROW LINER
Draw a thick line across your eyelid using a pen or pencil and smudge it out. This is typically done on both eyes, but can be asymmetrical for a more modern feel. This technique is best for those who want to show off their eye makeup. It’s also great for people who wear glasses as they don’t have to worry about the liner making contact with them.
2: FISHTAIL LINER
Fishtail liner is a great technique for a dramatic look. A curved line of eyeliner that starts as a long thin line, gets thicker in one corner, and tapers back to a thinner line. It starts at the inner corner of your eye and ends on the outer corner. The thickness increases in an upward direction before tapering down.
3: NATURAL LINER
Pair this look with neutral shadow and mascara for a fresh take on a classic makeup technique. The key to getting this perfect cat eye is to first use your favorite liquid liner, then proceed to line the outside of your lash line and wing it out towards your temples, following along your natural lash line. Finish by creating short, pointy lashes that extend from the outer corner of your eye towards you eyebrow. This creates drama without being too harsh.
4: THICK WINGED LINER
Adding a thick winged liner to your everyday eye makeup routine is a sure way to create an iconic look. The result will be big, sexy eyes that’ll have you begging for compliments all day long.
If you’re new to this look, there are some important tips and tricks you need to know before trying it yourself:
- Draw a small triangle shape on your eyelid near the lashes for the first line of your wing.
- Fill in the triangle with two more lines that extend past the outer corner of your eye to form the pointy part of the wing.
- Blend these lines together by drawing in a few short dashes along their length.
- Finish off by filling in any remaining gaps between these three lines with solid black liner.
5: ALL-AROUND WINGED LINER
Wing liner is one of the most popular and all-around flattering eyelinestyle. It’s so appealing because it really draws attention to your eyes, making them appear larger and more mysterious. Plus, this style can be worn casually or dressed up for a more formal event. Here are some helpful tips and tricks on how to get that perfect winged liner!
6: BLUE LINER
An electric blue line has been a classic cat eye staple for decades and is one of the most popular colors to wear on its own. If you want to try something new and electric, go for a deep, cobalt hue. The effect is daring yet gorgeous! You can also add a black liner to your waterline before applying the bright blue color if you’re looking for more of an evening look. It’s best not to apply eyeliner directly under your lower lashes as it will smudge.
7: WINGED LINER
Wing eye liner makes your eye shape look bigger. It’s a little trickier to do than other styles, but well worth it. Bring your eyeliner brush close to your lashes and push it up at an angle to form a point, then line on top of that point from the outer corner of your eyes. Then create a second point by bringing the brush back towards your nose and adding another line in between for definition.
8: SMUDGY LINER:
Smudgy liner is what you use when you want to create a messy-yet-chic vibe. A lot of people think this is just about making mistakes, but there are actually different ways to smudge–some more effective than others!
8: FLOATING CREASE LINER
For a glossy, bright look that lasts all day, there’s nothing better than a cat eye. Whether you like your eyeliner high or low is up to you. There are a few different ways to accomplish this classic look. One way is to take a black liquid liner and make small dots on your lash line. Another option is to use an angled brush and sweep it across your lash line in long strokes. If you’re looking for something less dramatic, use an eyeliner pencil and smudge it across your upper lash line. #9: SMUDGE LINERammad: The most simple way to get a cat eye without having any real skills!
9: LONG LINE LINER
Whether you’re going for a classic look or want to jazz up your cat eye, this eyeliner style is great for everyone. The long line gives a sharp and precise look while enhancing any eye shape and filling in any gaps in your makeup, which is perfect for people who are a little heavy handed when it comes to applying eyeliner.
10: REVERSE WINGED LINER
Sometimes referred to as a swallowtail liner, this look is easy to do. All you need is an eyeliner pencil, tape and a steady hand. The goal of this style is to make your eyes appear bigger and more youthful. First, apply your eye makeup as usual with eyeliner on the bottom lashes of your top lid. Once you have applied all of your eye makeup, place tape at about a third of the way up on both sides of your top lash line.
11: SMOKEY LINER
The key to pulling off this look is to be light handed! You can also use this makeup trick as a smudged shadow. First start by applying black or brown eyeliner to your top and bottom lash line, then use an angled brush or finger to blend the color in slightly. To perfect the smokey aspect of the cat eye, use a creamy white eye shadow in your crease and dust it under your eyebrow bone.
12: BLACK & WHITE LINER
The beauty of black and white eyeliner is that it can be incorporated into many different looks. Whether you are going for a no makeup look or prefer to wear eyeliner, this technique is worth trying. Try tracing an inverted cat eye shape on your upper lid, then in between your lash line and waterline. Fill in the rest of your liner to suit your personal preference!