Pro Tips For Creating The Perfect Cat Eye

Easiest ever cat eye eyeliner tricks Easiest ever cat eye eyeliner tricksOne of the most common questions I get asked is how to do "cat eyeliner" and how to get eyeliner to stay. Winged liner is actually pretty easy once you've got the right product. My absolute favorite product is the tattoo liner by Kat Von D. It's available at Sephora. It's designed after a Japanese calligraphy brush, so it has long tapered bristles instead of a typical felt tip. It's so easy to get a sharp, crisp line, and the formula is super black and long lasting.

Best eyelinersI'll show you my winged liner trick below along with a little extra tip to help liner stay on the bottom inner rim (makeup artists call it the waterline).

Get perfect cat eye eyelinerStep One: Liner should go on after eyeshadow but before mascara.

Get perfect cat eye eyeliner.  Step Two: Sort of like in my false lash video, you want to look down but not close your eye. If you close your eye, it changes the shape of the lid and you'll end up with some weird looking liner once you open. Start by lining from the inner corner to about 3/4 of the way to the end. I like to hold the liner pen parallel to my lash line and gently pull it across.

Get perfect cat eye eyeliner   Step Three: Instead of trying to flick the wing up, you're actually going to draw it from the top down. Create a little triangle that lines up with the outer corner of the brow, and then fill it in. You might need to slightly lift your brow to pull up on the skin, but don't pull too hard. That skin is delicate! 

Perfect cat eye eyelinerStep Four: For bottom liner, you'll want to use a waterproof gel liner. You can also use a pencil as long as the formula isn't too dry. You don't want to irritate the eye. Use a little brush to apply. 

Perfect cat eye eyeliner  Perfect cat eye eyeliner tricksStep Five: Here's the trick for making the bottom liner stay. You're going to take a matching or similar shadow and a small eyeshadow brush with short bristles and gently press the eyeshadow into the liner. This might feel a little bit weird, but just blink a few times and any shadow particles will clear away. Setting creams with powders is the oldest trick in the Hollywood book and will help any makeup last longer (I love layering cream blush with powder blush for this exact reason!).

Easiest ever cat eye eyeliner tricks  I love this look with neutral eyes and lips, but you can also pair it with red lipstick for a super vintage feel! xo. –AnnaRose

Credits // Author: AnnaRose Kern. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.