I’m a fan of the cat eye year-round — it’s a simple, classic way to enhance my small eyes, and I’ve only gotten more dramatic about it as I’ve gotten older. But if you haven’t rocked yourself a double cat eye yet, this is your chance. It’s holiday party season, which means you can get away with almost anything and call it “festive.” I like to take the opportunity to try out new looks. This year, I added a liquid twist on a double line to my retro cat eye repertoire, and I’m going to show it to you, along with a fail-proof way to get the perfect cat eye of any kind, step-by-step in the photos below. It’s like a 2-in-1 tutorial bonanza!
Party time! Woot!
Fun With Cat Eyes! 1 of 10
I couldn't choose just one!
Start With Your Favorite Liquid Liner 2 of 10
I love lash line ink from Pixi for this, but you can use whatever you are comfortable with. Your cat eye should point from the corner of your eye to your brow line (to be clear, we're not connecting the two, just using it as a guide). So to get the perfect flick, you're going to do just that -- start at the corner of your eye and flick gently towards the end of your eyebrow.
Start Small, Go Big 3 of 10
This first line is just your guide, so better to under-do than over-do. (I have permanent eyeliner, so for the purposes of this tutorial, ignore the liner on my upper lid.)
Connect The Lines 4 of 10
Again, less is more, and you can always add to the look later. Here, I connect the flick to my upper and lower lid with a subtle line.
The Mirror Angle 5 of 10
(Don't worry I checked for bats in the cave first.) Looking at yourself like this in the mirror is a good way to compare your lines. Or, as a wise makeup artist once told me -- no one is closely comparing your cat eyes for symmetry, so sometimes your best has to be good enough before you look like Bride of Frankenstein.
Growing and Growing 6 of 10
See what I mean? You can always add more!
Split It! 7 of 10
Here's the fun part. Take a straight eye-lining brush and dampen the end with eye makeup remover. Start from the corner of your eye and flick out, splitting your perfect line in two.
Split and Sassy 8 of 10
Voila! A split cat eye. Very sixties. Now it's time to finish it off.
Lash Out 9 of 10
Apply your mascara — also a great complement to falsies. Shimmery shadow and lip gloss complete the holiday look.
Bring The Drama 10 of 10
Once you've got your base line down, there's no limit to how far you can go. Now's the time of year to push it!