Cat-eye liner has been a staple beauty look of mine since my college years. I like it because it's cute and it gives the outer corners of my eyes some lift.
Although I struggled with doing them initially, I’ve gotten to the point where I'm now interested in playing around with some cat-eye variations.
I get my makeup inspiration from all over the place, but for cat-eye liner, I’m looking no further than sunglasses. They have some of the funnest and weirdest interpretations of the cat eye that I’ve ever seen. There are oversized cat eyes, extreme-angled ones, and even ones where there’s just a skeleton of a frame. (If my budget would allow, you can bet I’d buy one in each shape, too.)
If you’re looking to freshen up your cat-eye game like I am, read on because I'm demonstrating four different cat-eye looks inspired by cat-eye sunglasses I found on the web.
This is pretty much your typical cat-eye look with a flick that extends upwards. However, since it’s sunglasses-inspired, the edges are rounded out, which is more challenging to do with liquid liner than you think.
For this tutorial and the other three, I am using my trusty Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, my eyeliner soulmate.
Start by lining your top lash line by holding your liner pen flat across your lid and gently dragging outward. This technique always gives me the smoothest lines.
Create a short, diagonal line by drawing a small line extending outward from the line you just made. It should be angled toward the end of your brow. This will serve as the basis for the cat-eye flick.
TIP: If the length of your eye and the length of your brow are similar, you’ll likely want to do a shorter flick. If your brow, on the other hand, is much longer than your eye length (like mine, for example), and there’s a big gap between your outer corners and where your brow ends, your cat-eye flick could be longer and have a more dramatic angle or curve.
At the tip of the cat-eye flick, draw a long line that goes across your lid and reaches the inner corner of your eyes.
Fill in the space between, and go over the lines until everything is as smooth and as even as possible. Make sure to round out the flick tips as well.
I am seeing more and more cat-eye sunglasses with negative space between the lens and the frame, and I think it looks really cool. I have no idea what it’s supposed to be called, so I’m calling it the cat-eye skeleton.
The steps are pretty much the same as the rounded cat eye, except with this, there’s no need for the last step, which is filling in the negative space. Does this sound easy enough? Yes and no.
It’s easy because there are fewer steps, but getting the cat-eye shape in one try? That’s hard as hell, and you don’t really have the benefit of being able to build on top of your cat eye either, since the inside of the cat eye is the focus here. If anything, you’d have to build on the middle.
Create a thin line right above your top lash line.
Draw a short line that extends outward from the end of the line you just created for the flick. Angle it towards your brow.
Connect that line to the start of the first line you made by creating a diagonal line sloping downward toward your inner corners. No need to fill in the negative space, but you may want to make the negative space smaller by thickening some of the lines you made.
Add some finishing touches to make sure everything is symmetrical.
Since I have a very round face, I think exaggerated, angled cat eye sunglasses would look amazing on me. I haven’t had a chance to actually try one out, so I’m trying this exaggerated angled cat eyeliner on me instead.
As always, start by defining your top lash line with some liner.
Make the cat-eye flick by drawing a short line extending outward from the line you just created.
Connect the cat-eye flick with your lower lash line by creating a line slopping downward, and fill in the negative space inside. Make sure the edge of flick is pointy, not curved.
Then add a short horizontal line on your top lash line barely touching your inner corners.
Connect the horizontal line with your lower lash line by drawing a small line slowing inward toward your tear ducts. Fill in any negative space.
When you’re done, go back and sharpen any curves, since this is supposed to be more of a harsh (but fun?) look.
The sunglasses that inspired this cat-eye look have circular lenses and don’t extend width-wise at all. Instead, they extend upward and have a perky, playful look to them as opposed to a sexy, feline look.
This cat-eye technique is quite different from my regular technique since the cat-eye flick is more vertical than horizontal, but I think the result is quite nice when my eyes are open.
Draw a thin line on your top lash line.
At the outer corner of your eye, create a line perpendicular to the line you just created. This will serve as your flick.
Connect the flick with your upper lash line by drawing a diagonal line slopping downward.
Fill in the negative space and go over your lines to smooth any imperfections.
Overall, these interpretations of sunglass-inspired cat eyes were surprisingly wearable, except for the exaggerated angled ones, which were more challenging to do than the rest. Plus, I got to learn new techniques from trying these out!
- What’s your favorite way to do your eyeliner?
- Do you ever adjust your makeup according to accessories?
- How do you do your cat-eye liner?