So. Freakin’. Clever.
Maybe she’s born with it, maybe she knows the right makeup hacks.
Everybody loves a classic eyeliner look, but applying it flawlessly is an entirely different story.
Without giving up half of your precious makeup collection, get inspired by some of these eyeliner hacks to make a cat-eye so much easier than it seems.
Did you know that painting brushes are actually really good to use for applying gel eyeliner? From Essie Button to Chloe Morello, the best in the business swear by this handy tip to create a flawless flick at a fraction of the price.
If you have made a few mistakes when applying your eyeliner, use a cotton tip dipped in micellar water to remove any messy lines. There are also a number of angled cotton tips which are perfect if you’re on-the-go, and require a quick touch-up!
Next time you’re attempting a cat-eye, use some tape as a guide on where to draw the flick. Apply it stemming out of the lower water-line, and simply remove it when you’re done! It leaves you with a perfect flick every single time.
Pencil then liquid
If you suffer from chronic shaky hands (especially when doing your makeup), use a black eyeliner pencil as a guide before applying liquid. It creates a base for your entire eye makeup look, and creates the illusion of an easy smokey eye.
The only way to use a felt-tip liner is by pairing it with a mirror. Position the small mirror just under your nose, then follow the line stemming out from your eyes.
This might seem a little difficult at first, but trust us, it’s the only way to make felt-tip liners work!
Gel eyeliner is one of the best ways to make your makeup last the distance (especially in warm, humid weather), but sometimes the formula can dry out. You can two easy options here: put it in the fridge for 10 minutes, or into the microwave for 2.
How did we not know that there are specialised stencils for applying eyeliner? This super-simple hack sticks easily onto your lid, so you can colour in the the middle!
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Give a modern twist to the classic cat eye look by tweaking just one factor – turning it upside down!
This unique look is easy enough for both beginners and experienced makeup artists, and is perfect for almost any type of occasion you can think of. All you need is a black eyeliner (gel, cream, or felt-tip) to get started.
What you need
- Eyeliner (of course)
- Cotton tips
- Micellar water (or makeup remover for smoothing out any lines)
- Prep your eyes with a primer to keep the colour lasting for longer, and also if you suffer from really oily eyelids.
- Line the bottom water line with a thin, black kohl pencil. This will create the very basis of your look.
- Use an angled brush, then dip it into the tip of the mascara. Carefully draw a line which extends from the lower lash line and outwards into the outer corner.
- To create the cat eye itself, place a sticky note extending from the outer corner, then simply use a felt-tip liner to draw the end. Draw it on as carefully as you can, then fill it in with the same angled brush.
- Simply remove the sticky note and use a cotton tip dipped in makeup remover to tidy up the flick.
Would you try this look at home?
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The Olsen twins are normally known for their quirky sense of style, and ability to wear almost anything and have it work for their tiny frames. This time, we’re looking towards Mary-Kate Olsen’s retro cat-eye which is a perfect makeup look for an evening out.
1. Prep the skin by using a lightweight primer and foundation. If you’re heading out at night, skip the SPF since it will cause a white cast to appear on your face. Buff the foundation well into your skin by using a damp cosmetic sponge.
Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil Free Foundation, $48
2. It’s time to conceal any blemishes and dark circles, so lightly dap the product with your fingers and blend it out. To contour under the eyes, use a concealer which is 1-2 shades lighter than your normal shade.
Clinique All About Eyes Concealer, $36
3. Prime the eyes by using a lightweight eye primer. Anything that is too heavy will make it a nightmare to keep your makeup in place.
Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, $34
4. Now it’s time to work on the eyeliner. Firstly, line the eye with a felt-tip liner since it’s the easiest tool for beginners.
For the flick, use an angled brush and dip lightly into a gel liner pot. Follow the line of of your bottom lashes, and carefully extend it outwards. Fix up any mistakes with a cotton tip dipped in makeup remover. It makes it so much easier to fix any un-even lines.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $18
5. Fill in any gaps with a liquid liner since this formula is unlikely to wear away. Carefully dab over any parts of the eyes that need a little extra maintenance. Carry this in your handbag if you ever need to fix up your makeup throughout the evening.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, $26
6. Apply a thin coat of mascara onto your lashes, or even use a pair of falsies to make the look more dramatic.
Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara, $38
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Looking to spice up your same-old makeup routine, but don’t know where to start? If you want to try something new, there are many different ways of making your eyes pop, just by using a different mascara or eye-shadow. Whether you’re into a winged-liner, smokey eye or even wearing falsies, here are three looks which are perfect for a romantic evening look.
1. Winged liner
A classic winged liner is the best place to start if you’re thinking of expanding your makeup look. Start off with fresh eyes, then lightly prime them so the eyeshadow will stay on for longer. Apply a neutral or flesh-toned colour across the entire lid – this will act as your base. To make the eye pop, add a light colour to the inner half of the eyelid, and a darker one to the outer half. Blend well so there are no harsh lines. As for the winged-liner, use a felt tip to get a precise flick and follow the natural curve of your eye.
2. Glamourous lashes
There is nothing sexier than a nude lip and lots of lashes. Taking inspiration from Kylie Jenner, run a soft brown shadow over the crease of the lid and blend out well with a fluffy brush. Curl your lashes then apply mascara and wait for it to dry completely. Trim the false lashes to your eye-shape, then add some glue and wait for it to get tacky before applying over the natural lash line.
3. Smokey and pink
This twist on a classic smokey eye is fun and flirty for a night out. Apply a primer then use a neutral toned eye shadow on the entire eyelid. Line the inner corner with a light pink colour, and the outer corner with a darker mauve – then blend out well to conceal any harsh lines. Apply lashings of mascara and even add a cat-eye flick if you’re feeling adventurous.
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Winged eyeliner is a sophisticated makeup look which can be adapted for both day and night. Only problem is that it is often difficult to create, especially for beginners. The only answer I have is that practice makes perfect. You’ll often find that winged eyeliner is just another technique which requires endless persistence and will prove to look better the more you do it. Below are just three ways in which you can easily create a winged eyeliner look without ending in tears (or smudged eyeliner).
1. Map it out
This is a great method if you’re just starting out, and want to be adventurous and creative with your winged eyeliner. Take a brown or black eyeliner pencil and simply draw the cat-eye as you want it to look like. If a black pencil seems a bit risky for you, try a white or nude pencil. Then all you have to do is trace the line with your liquid eyeliner. Seems simple enough? Follow the perimeters of your eye and this will make it easier each and every time you want to create this look.
2. Start from the middle
Try tracing a line from the middle of your eye and work towards the outer corner. Draw a straight line and get as close to the lash line as possible; this technique is referred to as tightlining. To draw on the perfect flick, use an angled brush and simply extend the line upwards from your lower lash line. Using an angled brush with a gel eyeliner pot is easier for beginners who are inexperienced with the technique. With additional practice, you will be able to use a pencil or felt-tip liner like a professional. Fix up any mistakes with a cotton tip dipped in moisturiser or eye make-up remover.
3. Draw the wing first
Drawing on the wing first allows you to eliminate the hardest part of the entire look. Using a sharp felt tip pen, close your eye and draw a line aligns with the end of your eyebrow. This is the best way to find a winged eyeliner look that is sure to suit your face. Then draw a line back down to the centre of your eye and simply fill in the gaps. Make sure to tightline the rest of your eye, this is often easier to achieve with a larger brush or liquid liner. It gives the illusion of a fuller lash and is the last step to a flawless winged liner look.
Image via Michelle Phan
By Felicia Sapountzis
We’re loving Rachel Bilson’s cat eye makeup at The To Do List premiere in L.A. today. The 31-year-old actress updated the sexy 1960’s makeup with a thoroughly modern twist, pairing that Brigitte Bardot eye makeup with matte nude lips and glowing cheeks. Here’s how celebrity makeup artist Amy Nadine create the look.
Amy used Tarte SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliner to create a medium-thick winged cat eye, ending at the same point where Rachel’s eyebrows finish .
She then used the same eyeliner on Rachel’s lower lash line, and smudged it slightly to create a modern smokey eye.
Amy paired Rachel’s sexy eye makeup with matte nude lips, using Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Lucky, the perfect your-lips-but-better shade.
What do you think of Rachel Bilson’s makeup?