There are some make-up looks that simply never date. One of those looks is the winged, or cat eyeliner look. It looked fabulous in the 60s paired with Breton stripes and beehive hairstyles, and it looks just as good today with tousled hair and skinny jeans.
This classic make-up look requires a little skill and a lot of practise to get right, but once you’ve mastered it, you’ll never look back. Here are six steps to do just that:
1. Choose your weapon
For this look you’ll need an eyeliner that easily glides over your lid. Most people go for a liquid formula in a pen you can simply draw your line with. If you need to be speedy, a creamy pencil could do the job and if you’re confident in your skills, try a pot of cream eyeliner and an angled brush.
2. Get the shape right
To get the perfect feline flick, follow the natural curve of your eyes. If your eyes are naturally downturned, you may have to fake it a little – try imagining how the bottom lid would extend upwards and follow this line.
3. Line it up
Start your line by resting your brush/pencil on your lashes in the inner corner of your eye. Gently drag it across, following your lash line, allowing it to get slightly thicker as you go until you reach the end of your lashes. Then, start the tail in the opposite direction and draw until you connect the lines. At this point you can either leave it thin or you can thicken it up by adding more layers to the shape.
4. Make it even
When lining your eyes, look straight into the mirror. This will help you to see straight away which side needs evening up. Remember, it’s easier to add liner than take it away, so go slowly. If you make a mistake, a cotton bud dipped in make-up remover will clean up your lines.
5. Pump up the volume
Cat eyeliner looks great with big, bold lashes. To emphasise the shape, you can add some individual false lashes to the outer corners. Finish up with plenty of black mascara.
6. Keep it simple
After all this work you should let your eyes be the focus of your look. Keep the rest of your make-up simple and natural. For a nighttime look, add some black liner to your waterline and try a red lip.