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Vintage Inspired Makeup Tutorial: The Winged 'Cat Eye'

Posted by Aliza | Tuesday July 17, 201220 comments


Whether you're a makeup pro or a minimalist, cat eyes are a simple and easy addition to your make up routine no matter what your mood. The thing I love about cat eyes is I can create simple ones for a nice every day look or try different kinds to get a more vivacious look.

The Right Tools

Liquid, Pencil or Gel? If you're trying this for the first time or even if you're a pro, the kind of liner that you use will depend on the type of look you're trying to achieve. 

If you're going to use a pencil liner, I suggest using one with a sponge bottom to help you smudge and soften and create a better cat eye.

Gel liners are easy to use and apply and give a more pigmented look. I suggest an angled brush when using gel liner.

Liquid liners take practice, but once you get the hang of creating cat eyes with them, it's like riding a bike.

Here are some of the liners we suggest for creating the purrr-fect cat eye.


1. Maybelline Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner (C$9.29)
2. Annabelle Smudge Paint (C$10.95)
3. Lancome Long Wear Calligraphy Gel EyeLiner (C$28.00)
4. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (C$22.00)


1. Clarins 3-Dot Liner (C$28.00 , available August 2012)
2. CoverGirl LineBlast 24H Eyeliner (C$10.99)
3. L'Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner (US$8.49)
4. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner (C$26.00)

Don't forget, practice, practice, practice. Achieving the perfect cat eyes may at first take some time and patience, but once you get the hang of it and find what works best for you, you'll be a pro in no time!

Now that you have the right tools here are four ways to wear your cat eyes.

Look #1


This is an easy every day look I often wear using just a liquid liner with a soft, small winged tip.

Look #2


This is a thicker and bolder cat eye with a long winged tip. This can also be worn as an everyday look if you want a really bold eye or as an evening look. Just like look #1, it's very versatile.

Look 3


For this look I used an angled brush with a gel liner as well as a liquid liner. I lined the bottom of my eye with a thin liner half way to have a double winged look. To complete this look I added a soft thin line of dots to pump up the drama of this look.

Look #4 
 

For this look I extended the cat's eye at the end as well as at the beginning of my eye.


What do you think of these looks? Would you wear any of them?
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20 Comments

on September 13, 2012  Icyblackkat  455 said:

I like all of these but sadly every time I try to do it something always goes wrong and it takes me a really long time to make both eyes look symmetric, and not horrible.

on September 13, 2012  AvaMif  4,054 said:

i would have to say i really like #1 best i have small eyes to begin with so i think if i did any of these other ones it will make me look like i have no eyes. Thank you for the tips

on August 14, 2012  jlgoneboatin  2,288 said:


i love this look!!

on August 08, 2012  improperganda  670 said:

Very cute. Like them all.

on July 26, 2012  Becky  13,068 said:

wow gorgeous! I'd wear all of them. I think they're all wearable at various times of the day /week! Btw what foundation / skin care do you use? You have amazing skin!

on July 23, 2012  LyrissaSmillie  9,449 said:

I find this super hard to do cuz I have a shakey hand!

on July 19, 2012  KatelynRose1984  20,704 said:

Personally, I'm not a fan of heavy applied eyeliner. But, I do find that sometimes it looks nice. I'm more attracted to the Look #1, as it's quite simple. The others are a little too extreme for my taste!

on July 19, 2012  farouknabela  3,424 said:

My winged liner never comes out like that! Mine are different but are very suited to my hooded lids. I guess it depends on face and eye shape!

on July 19, 2012  Racenhawk  2,659 said:


woe, don't like

on July 19, 2012  Jodie said:

I like look #2 for every day and #3 for an evening look. #4 is a bit much for me.

I wouldn't agree with Takoda. I think they woud look good on all ages. I'm in my 30's and I'm going to go and try now.

And Aliza, you have beautiful eyes, and #2 & #3 make them look even more stunning!

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