Beauty Tutorial: 4 Ways To Wear The Cat Eye

Striking, classic, and sexy. The cat eye is one of those looks that will never go out of style, and has the ability to completely transform your look with a simple swipe.  And, depending on the look you’re going for, it can be modified with just a few extra steps.  Add a splash of color for an eclectic eye, or go for a bold, rock and roll look with some extra shadow. Here are four takes on the cat eye!

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The Classic

Everything will start with the classic and can be built from there!

1. Create an even canvas by smoothing over uneven pigmentation on eyelid

2. Start your line at the middle of the eye, close to the lash line, sweeping up towards the end to create your tail or wing

3. Then, go back and fill in the rest of your line at the base of the lid

4. Come back with a q-tip to correct any errors

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The Mix

A pop of color for a more eclectic eye

Choose whatever color you like! You can take any eye shadow and turn it into an eyeliner. Moisten an angled brush and then dab your brush in your eye shadow.  Shadow will adhere to the wet line of eyeliner you’ve applied.

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Color Splash

The color splash is the smokey companion to the cat eye, using the same technique and transforming your shadow with a liner. Take any color you like and apply under the eye!

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The Rocker

Starting from the middle of the eye, draw a line at a 45 degree angle up to the crease of the lid. Drag the line across to the wing to create your rocker triangle, then fill in the shape.

*be sure to let this dry before opening your eye!

Hair and Makeup: @cvaria

Model: Annie McGinty

Thank you: @meganhonore, @glennabree, @awinya, @carlita_frita, @antonellaaaaa, @nmcmaster629, @milk_fed, @madysondeel, @andreaviau

And thank you to the talented @chaufacetime for the illustrations!


  1. This is perfect. The cat eye has this magical ability to make you look put together no matter what. Any liquid eyeliner in particular that you recommend? I’ve tried a few different brands and have yet to find one that I really like. Thanks!

  2. Stilla felt marker eyeliner is my favorite!! It’s so easy to manipulate, easy for on the go or to play up for a more dramatic look… I have both the black and brown!

  3. Awesome, right now I have the Eyeko liner (which is okay- it seems dry after only a few weeks of use) and I’ll plan to pick up the Stila one next! Thank you!!

  4. what is the black dress with the lace inset? I didn’t see it on the freepople website?

  5. Yea Chau! Those illustrations are drenched in her magic~ and this Leo is dyyyying for a legit cat-eye… Mahalos ladies ;) xx

  6. Thank you for this post! I am always working on perfecting my cat eye and this is very helpful. The illustrations are fantastic as well <3 xoxo

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