We’ve tried everything, from using an ergonomically designed liquid liner pen, to measuring our angles with a credit card, and still we end up looking more like a dancer from Cats than a feline vixen. Enter MAC Cosmetics Senior Artist, Cynthia Rivas who taught us how to customize the classic look to ensure flawless results, every time. Here are her secrets.
The most fool-proof way to achieve the cat eye is by using a stiff eyeliner brush and gel eyeliner (you can acheive the same consistency by mixing a powder with a little water). Rather than loosely drawing a line along the lashes, stamp the flat brush along the length of the lid, then gently sweep over it for added definition.
Rather than facing the mirror dead-on, angle your head back so that you are able to more accurately trace the shape of your eyelid. Most importantly, follow a straight line when extending the liner past the end of your eyelid (which is naturally curved upwards). Any intentional upward angle will just look like a check mark when your eyes are open.
Dip a shader brush into eye cream and wipe along the edges of the lines to remove excess or unwanted pigment.
If you've drawn too thick a line along your eyelid, or just want a softer look, use a pencil brush and slightly lighter shadow to gently smudge the upper part of the line before the original liner fully dries.
The Finished Product
We opted for a more dramatic version which is ideal for evening cocktails.
Dress It Up
Complement your newly perfected cat eye with a shirtdress and polished accessories.