The trick to a perfectly executed cat eye lies in the makeup tools you use. “The first thing you need is a great eyeliner,” says makeup artist Renton Wade. “There are plenty of products to choose from out there, so find one that works best for you. As with any application, it’s all about the tools, so make sure you invest in a good brush.”
Whether you’re a first-timer or an accomplished pro, always go for a liner with a precision tip, as it helps you to achieve neat and steady lines.
Gel liners have the best staying power and they’re usually waterproof.
You’ll need a steady hand, but the thin delicate tip allows for the perfect flick. If you aren’t familiar with liquid liners, try a pencil one first to create the shape, then follow with liquid liner on top – not for beginners!
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Step 2: Prep your lids
Although a primer isn’t really necessary it’s recommended for staying power. I’ve recently started using the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion before applying my liquid liner – it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. An eyeshadow primer makes your eyeshadow and liquid liner last longer and also prevents smudging.
Step 3: Wing it!
Whether you’re using a liner or brush, start from the inner corner of the eye and line the upper lash, following the natural shape of your eye. If you’re struggling to keep a steady hand, then try resting your elbow on your dressing table or bathroom cabinet to prevent shaking. Trace as close to the lash line as possible and build on it to add thickness, a previous article in DESTINY reports.
If you’re going to for a classic wing eye, flick out at the end.
If you’re struggling to get the line straight, try applying it as dots along the lash line and then go back to fill in after. This helps if your hands aren’t that steady.