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:
- 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!
- Trace your lashline with the gel liner pencil by starting at your inner corner and finishing at the outer corner.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Go back over the gel liner with liquid liner.