How to get the perfect cat eye

A look favoured by the A-list elite – we’re looking at you Adele – a striking cat eye is no longer considered a fleeting makeup trend. This timeless finish will have you feline fabulous at first flick. Want to purr-fect the look? Our quick and simple ‘how to’ guide is here to help…

What Will I Need to Achieve The Cat Eye Look?

  • Liquid/Felt Eyeliner
  • Mirror
  • Cotton buds (to correct mistakes)
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How to get the perfect cat eye

Step 1 - Draw the first line

Using a felt or liquid liner – you can opt for gel too but the line may be thicker from the offset - draw a line from the middle of your upper lash line to the outer corner, keeping as close to the lash line as possible. Start off with a thin line so that if you make any mistakes, you can simply disguise them by thickening the line later on.

How to get the perfect cat eye

Step 2 - Join up the line

Next, join the line from the middle of your eyelid to the inner corner, ensuring you keep a steady hand. Keep the line fairly thin, as the emphasis should be on the outer corner of the eye.

How to get the perfect cat eye

Step 3 - Thicken the line

Use your finger to pull skin taut at the end of your eyebrow and make it easier to create the cat eye flick. Start at the outer corner of your eye and carefully draw a line following the curve of your eye towards the end of your eyebrow. Starting at the end of the line you’ve just drawn, work your way back towards the middle of your eye using a light sketching technique in short strokes. This is your opportunity to make the line as thick and dramatic as you like.

How to get the perfect cat eye

Step 4 - Draw underneath the lashes

Run the liner along the lash line again, but this time from underneath lashes. This will make sure the liner reaches right the way into the roots of your lashes, without leaving any gaps, and creates a natural finish.


How to get the perfect cat eye