How to create the perfect cat eye

Lungile Thabethe wearing a cat eye
Lungile Thabethe wearing a cat eye

The cat eye flick is a flirty little makeup trick every girl should have in her beauty tricks. It’s not the easiest look to master but with the right tools and some simple steps, soon you’ll be applying a cat eye like a pro.

Step 1- Draw a line at an angle

Start by lowering your eyelid so you have a smooth surface to draw on. Draw a line from the outer corner of your eye up at an angle or you can start above your eye and draw the line downward instead.

Step 2- Create a Triangle Shape

Create a triangle shape by connecting the top of your flick down to your lash line. Make sure it is in line with the outer edge of your eye. 

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Step 3- Fill in the Triangle 

Use a gel or liquid liner to fill in the triangle. Make sure you layer enough product so the color is smooth. And wait for the liner to dry before continuing to the next step.

Step 4- Connect the Triangle to Your lash line 

Smooth out the area where the triangle meets your lash line. Apply eyeliner as you normally would but from the triangle to the inner corner of your eye. Just be sure you apply it thicker where the triangle meets your lash line and thinner as you get closer to the inner corner of your eye.

Step 5: Touch Up Any Mistakes

It’s not a train smash if you didn’t get it right the first time. Dip a cotton swob in makeup remover or micellar water and use it to erase any smudges or areas you want to sharpen or correct.

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Step 6: Apply Mascara

Wait about a minute for the eyeliner to dry then finish with a few coats of your favorite mascara.

The tricky part can be making sure both eyes look even. Practice a few times to find the angle you like best. It helps to do step one on both eyes before continuing to the rest of the steps to ensure they look as even as possible.

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Try these eyeliners for the perfect flick:

  • Yardley Precision Liquid Eyeliner R99, 95
  • Revlon Colorstay Exactify Liquid Liner R199
  • Scarlet Hill 3-in-1 Mascara R49, 99
  • GOSH Slanted Pro Liner R147