How to nail a perfect cat-eye look!

Nothing makes a signature statement quite like a few dramatic sweeps of liquid liner. I have big, round eyes so I love to go for a classic cat-eye look because it creates the illusion of almond shape eyes and adds a nice retro-inspired flare of glamour.

A sharp cat-eye may look complicated, but don't be intimated. Achieving this style is easier than it seems and it only gets easier with practice--trust me! Check out some of my easy-to-follow tips below on the look.


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  1. Start by curling your lashes with an eyelash curler like Shu Uemura's Eyelash Curler to open up your eyes.
  2. Line the inner rim of your lower lashes with a black pencil eyeliner like Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Perversion. This liner is great because its waterproof and stays put for hours!
  3. A cat-eye is easier to do using a liquid liner with a felt-tipped applicator. The pointed edge makes it simple to sweep the liquid liner on and its perfect for beginners! I use Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pen in Jet Black
  4. Starting at the inner corner of you eye, line directly above the upper lash, dragging it to the outer corner of the eye. It should end with a sharp upward diagonal tail and the wing should thicken as you move outward.
  5. Made a mistake? Don't stress, clean it up with Almay's Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks and just start over.
  6. Finish the look with a few generous coats of a volumizing mascara like CoverGirl's LashBlast 24 Hour Mascara in Very Black.

Are you a fan of the cat-eye look? Tell us in the comments below!

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