If you’re looking for eye makeup tips for the holiday party season, the cat eye is a classic that never goes out of style. Winged liner is super versatile and a universally flattering statement look that can be a ladylike whisper or a glamazon roar. We can thank fifties and sixties icons like Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe for popularizing it. Today it seems like everyone’s doing it in their own unique way. Sofia Vergara has mastered the sex kitten cat eye; Vanessa Hudgeons rocks a smoldering, smoky version on the red carpet; Ariana Grande has the flirty Audrey look down; and Angelina Jolie keeps it elegant and minimal.
For those of us who don’t have a makeup artist on call, the cat eye can be a bit intimidating. Sarah Lucero, global director of education and artistry for Stila recommends, “Apply mascara before liquid liner to create a guide for the perfect cat-eye flick.” While it definitely takes practice to perfect your flick, there is also an ever-increasing range of pencils, gels, brushes, and pens to make it easier. And we’ve gathered some expert eye makeup tips and tricks that will make your quest for the perfect cat-eye almost foolproof.
- Follow Your Lashes
If you’re ready to brave a freehand cat eye, use your lower lash line as a guide and extend your line up at the same angle.
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