Posts Tagged ‘cat eye’

CAT EYE STYLIZED

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

I hope by now that you’ve all mastered the cat eye! If not, review our Get Catty video tutorial and our Easy Winged Liner tutorial. Today I’m showing you how you can step it up with a little flair by lining your liner in a way that crosses from the top lashline to the bottom lashline. Here’s the breakdown:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Line the top lashline from the inner corner to the outer corner then wing it up and out.
  2. Line the bottom lashline from the outer corner towards the inner corner but stop about 3/4′s of the way.
  3. Switch to the colored liner and line the outer half of the top line as demonstrated above.
  4. Line the blank inner corner of the bottom lashline with the colored liner as well.

You can do any color combination that you are in the mood to do! If you try it, please tag us on Instagram so we can marvel at your work!

WINGED LINER FOR A DROOPY LID

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

If you have a true monolid, revisit our Asian Eye Makeup Tutorial on Jamie Chung here. But for those of you who have a little lid space and your crease has started to droop as you’ve gotten older, causing a “fold” where your cat eye would be, this tutorial is for you! You probably think you can’t pull off a cat eye because of that fold, but you can and here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Thin Gel Liner — I used Hourglass Mechanical Gel Liner on Emily above because it’s an ultra-thin point that I don’t have to sharpen and really gets in between the lashes in a way that liquid liner can’t.
  • Angled Liner Brush — The Space NK Angled Liner Brush has been in my kit since it came onto the scene because it too is ultra thin and the perfect amount of stiffness.
  • Liquid Liner — Alexa Chung created this Eyeko Eye-do Liquid Liner and it’s incredibly user friendly for those of you who aren’t comfortable drawing cat eyes. Yet!

STEPS:

  1. Trace your lashline with the gel liner pencil  by starting at your inner corner and finishing at the outer corner.
  2. Now look directly into the mirror if you’re working with a medicine cabinet mirror or if you’re holding a compact mirror, hold it slightly below at chest level and look down into it. Determine the angle from the outer corner to the end of the brow then use the brush to “pull” the liner out and up to where the “fold” is and stop.
  3. With your opposite hand, place your finger in between the outer corner and your temple and gently pull it  out and up so the “fold” smooths out. Yes I know we shouldn’t pull at our eye area so please don’t feel the need to comment on that below! It’s necessary for this type of lid and it’s only a gentle pull for a few seconds.
  4. While still gently holding the skin slightly up and out with one hand, continue the flick past the “fold” so it’s about the length of a typical lash.
  5. Go back over the gel liner with liquid liner.

 

 

TRENDING

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Now that you’ve all nailed the cat eye, why not try lining your liner?

TOOLS:


  • Your Favorite Colored Liquid Liner: The best ones that I’ve found are Lime Crime Uniliners and MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liners because they’re incredibly pigmented. The Uniliners have a fine brush while the Aqua Liners have more of a felt tip.

LIQUID + LIQUID:

  1. Line the lash line with the liquid liner (start at the inside corner and sweep the brush to the outside corner). Let it dry!
  2. Line directly above it with the other liquid liner color. If you accidentally go over the bottom color, don’t sweat it. Let it dry then go back along the bottom line with the first color.

PENCIL (TOP) + LIQUID (BOTTOM):

  1. Start with the pencil and trace it along the lashline. Then trace above it (with the same pencil) so you’ve made it much thicker. Technically, try to make it twice as thick because you’re about to go back and half it.
  2. Now trace the liquid liner along the lashline so it’s half the width of the thick line you just drew with the pencil.

PENCIL + PENCIL:

You can do either method above. I prefer to line the bottom color first and then switch colors and draw the top color above it, but you can draw a thick line with the top color then draw a thinner line along the bottom half of it. **Tip: Perfect the line with an angled liner brush to smooth it out before it sets!

 

FLIP IT!

POST & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

I’ve learned through the years that not only are all eyes shaped differently and require different makeup applications, but my clients have very strong preferences on how they like to have their eyes done! I have a dozen clients that refuse to wear liner on the upper lid and only want it along the bottom. In the beginning (travel back to 2003) I didn’t really understand why  and just thought different strokes for different folks… then I realized it’s because they didn’t want to lose any upper eye space that could potentially close up their eyes or make them look smaller! Genius, actually! So today I present the Upside Down Cat Eye, a dramatic style for those with smaller eyes or those who just want to try something different!  (more…)