The cat eye flick is an iconic beauty look that has garnered the attention of leading ladies from Cleopatra to Twiggy to Lauren Conrad. The flirty little liner trick isn’t the easiest to pull off, but it’s one that every girl should have in her makeup repertoire. It’s classic and timeless, which means that it will likely never go out of style, and once you learn how to master it, you’ll keep going back to it again and again.

The cat eye is also extremely versatile. You can wear a subtler flick throughout the day, or make it more dramatic for a night out. You can also create a flick that suits your style and personality. Audrey Hepburn and Dita Von Tesse are both accustomed to the cat eye, although very different women. Hepburn personalized hers to play up her doe eyed innocence, while Von Tesse’s playful tips paint her as the femme fatale she is.

However you want to rock it, read on to learn how to get the perfect cat eye in five easy steps.

Step 1: Primer

Prime your eyelid with a base coat primer. This will ensure your cat eye stays intact throughout the day (or night).

Step 2: Draw an angled line from the corner of your eye

Look down to ensure you have a smooth surface to draw on, then draw an angled line out and up from the corner of your eye with your liner. You can also use a piece of tape to create the line the first few times so you can get use to it and figure out the angle you’re looking for.

Step 3: Make a triangle

Create a triangle shape connecting the top of your wing tip to your eyelid (it should reach the outside of your iris).

Step 4: Fill in triangle

Fill in the empty triangle shape with your liner to create the winged look. Make sure your layer it on enough so that it’s filled and smooth.

Step 5: Complete liner and touch up

Apply top liner as you normally would, having it thicker where the triangle meets the eyelid and thinner as you get closer to the inside of your eye. Touch up any mistakes that you made throughout the process with a q-tip and makeup remover.

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The cat eye flick is an iconic beauty look that has garnered the attention of leading ladies from Cleopatra to Twiggy to Lauren Conrad. This flirty little liner trick isn’t the easiest to pull off, but it’s one that every girl should have in her makeup repertoire. However you want to rock it, read on to learn how to get the perfect cat eye in five easy steps!

 

Kate
Wellness and Food Editor at Meraki Lane
Kate is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Toronto, Canada. She’s always had a passion for the written word, and after interning at publications such as FASHION Magazine and The Kit, she knew she had to take her passion to the next level. When she’s not sharing her love for styling outfits, home cooked meals, fitness endeavours and home décor, she’s probably taking a hot yoga class or watching the latest series on Netflix.

This is an excerpt from the article How to Get the Perfect Cat Eye in 5 Easy Steps which originally appeared on http://www.cloudywithachanceofwine.com/.