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CAT EYE LITE

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

Sometimes a little smoked wing is all you need! Who says a cat eye has to be done with liquid liner? This soft version is ultra-feminine and flirty and a very modern take on a retro look. And for those of you who are still intimidated by liquid liner, this is a perfect way to master the shape of the flick. Let’s break it down step by step:

TOOLS:

  • A Nude Shadow — pick one that matches your own skin color.
  • A Black Matte Shadow — not that a shimmer version wouldn’t be pretty too! But I used this one from my favorite matte shadow palette on Magali above.
  • A Long-Edged Angled Liner Brush — if you don’t have this long-edged angled liner brush in your arsenal yet, you’re missing out! It takes the guess work out of lining and allows you to stamp and sweep.
  • Mascara — I used this big volume mascara and really loved the way it coated each lash.
  • A Cotton Swab — it can be a regular one or a pointed tip.
  • Optional: Half-Strip False Lashes – I used and love these lash accents.

STEPS:

1. Apply the nude shadow all over your lid and crease.

2. Press the liner brush into the shadow and give it a tap against the counter to release any excess.

3. Determine the angle of the wing by imagining an line from the end of your eye to the end of your brow. Stamp the brush along that angle.

4. Move the brush towards the lashline and stamp again. Lift the brush up and stamp horizontally above it to connect it to your lashline.

5. Now stamp along the lashline and stop about 3/4’s of the way across.

6. Take the cotton swab and gently smear the line back and forth to smoke it out.

7. Press the brush back into the shadow and give it another tap against the counter to remove any excess. Go back and stamp the wing to perfect the edges a little. You don’t have to do this step, I just couldn’t help myself!

8. Add a couple coats of mascara.

9. This step is optional but you can always add a half strip of lashes for extra drama. Revisit my Quick Tips For Lash Strips Tutorial for secrets to getting it right every time.

 

 

QUICK TIP: THICK LASHES

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

It blows my mind that so many of us don’t do this! Ok, I’ll come back down from my high horse because I too didn’t learn this trick until I went to makeup school at the Makeup Designory (MUD). But it’s a game changer and when you start doing it, you’ll wonder why you too didn’t think of this before! Typically, when we coat our lashes with mascara, we focus on the part that we (and others) can see. But there’s another side that’s getting ignored. The backside. Why bother painting it? Because it thickens the lashes and makes them stiffer and stand more upright. It only takes a tiny bit of extra energy and is worth the 5 seconds. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Mascara — Right now I’m obsessed with this one, used on Rachel above because not only does it really coats and separates each lash, it lifts them and holds them up like no other mascara I’ve found before it. I also love this one for those of us on a tighter budget this month.

STEPS:

  1. Wiggle the wand from root to tip as you typically would on the outside of the lashes.
  2. Now here’s the trick: look down and coat the lashes on the backside by stroking the wand from root to tip on the side of your lashes that we never see. Then go back and repeat step 1 to flare them back upwards now that you’ve thickened them.
  3. Finish by coating the bottom lashes as well.

EYE SHADOW BREAKDOWN

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

Unless you’ve been on a deserted island this last year, you’ve noticed that the cut crease has taken over Instagram and Pinterest! It’s a nod to the mod looks of the 1960’s and super easy to recreate if you break it down a step at a time. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

1. Line the crease “socket” with the longwear pencil by starting at one corner and tracing along the crease in an arched shape until you reach the other corner.

2. Dip the crease brush into the metallic brown shadow and sweep it back and forth over the crease line, concentrating on blending it directly on the line and upward but not downward.

3. Load up one more time with the metallic brown shadow and repeat step 2.

4. Line the upper lashline and wing it slightly at the same angle of the cut crease.

5. Switch to the blackest black kohl pencil and line the lower lashline and rim the inner waterline.

7. Pick any matte color in the rainbow and sweep it across the lid carefully. You can absolutely do this step before the liner if you’re worried about accidentally going over it.

8. Add a couple coats of mascara.

9. Dip the smudge brush into metallic brown shadow and sweep it under the liner on the lower lashline. Then stamp the highlighting shadow in the inner corners with your finger.

 

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!