Upon asking what makeup techniques you would like to see me demonstrate, many suggested the bold and beautiful cat eye look. This weekend I found myself inspired by an illustrated poster by artist Sarah Anderson that’s both stunning and quite useful. I decided to recreate the technique outlined in her graphic design, and the results are perfect. This is a simple and easy-to-achieve application I’m thrilled to share with you all.
(You can order your own copy of the poster here!)
You’ll need to start with a sharpened black eyeliner pencil, and I also prefer to prime my lids with concealer and loose powder to help the liner stay put. I simply followed along the steps shown in Anderson’s illustration, starting from the beginning.
Step 1: Using your sharpened black liner pencil, draw a dot just above the crease of your eyelid at the corner of your eye. (I’m using a Sephora eyeliner pencil with built-in smudging tip at the end.)
Step 2: Starting about 1/4″ from the inner corner of the eye, carefully trace along the top lash line outward until you reach the corner of the eye. Then increase the angle and continue until you reach the dot. Fill in below the initial line if necessary to ensure a smooth application. Starting from the outer corner, begin lining the bottom lash line. Keep it close and thin to avoid a heavy line down there, and stop once you’ve lined the outer 2/3 of the lower lash line.
Step 3: Using a pointed sponge for smudging, blend the liner all along the lower lash line and the inner corner of the top lash line to eliminate harsh edges.
Step 4: Although this wasn’t part of the infographic on the poster, I noticed the final picture had a pretty gray shadow in the crease of the eyelid, so I added a little bit of a metallic charcoal eyeshadow to the outer and inner edges, blending well for a soft finish. (I used Mushroom shadow by Urban Decay.)
I hope you find this post helpful if you’ve been wanting to try cat eyes but were intimidated by the boldness of it. While precision is key to getting this look just right, I think these steps help make it easier to achieve.
What other techniques would you like to see here in the future? If you were inspired to try this one after reading, please tag us in your photos (@jenheartsart and #thiscreativelife on Instagram or Twitter) or send us a link!