Lessons with Lyneeka: Perfecting the Cat Eye
Getting the sexy cat eye look that's all over the runways, red carpets and fashion magazines is easy, once you get the hang of it. Read on to find out how you can create it yourself!
After you cleanse and moisturize, prep and prime using an eyeshadow primer applied all over your eyelids. This will create a base that will allow the eyeliner to stay put longer, in addition to intensifying the color of your eye makeup. Top the primer off with a neutral base shadow (a soft, shimmery shade is fine, too).
Look into the mirror while you're applying a liquid eyeliner, such as Colorescience Pro-Liquid Eye liner. Be sure to keep the brush as close to the lash line as you can, starting with a thin line at the inner corner, working up and out to the outer corner, where the line should grow thicker. (That's what makes your eyes look bigger!) At the end of the line, curve the eyeliner upward. Remember to extend the line beyond your eye, but not beyond your brow. Add pencil eyeliner to the lower lash line.
HELPFUL HINT: If you're new at the whole eyeliner thing, you may find it easier to create short dashes along the lash line and then “join” them, thickening the line as you retrace to get a smooth look.
Use the cotton swabs and make up remover to get rid of any extra lines you don't need. Remember, practice makes perfect— the first couple of times you try this look, you may need a lot of cotton swabs!
Curl your lashes using an eyelash curler or apply fake lashes.
HELPFUL HINT: If you do decide on fake lashes, make sure to coat your own lashes with mascara first.
Pair your dramatic eye make up with a neutral lipstick and soft shade of blush shade—keep it simple!
DermStore staffer Lyneeka Collins is a makeup artist in Los Angeles. Photo shoots, runway shows, weddings, private parties…you name it, she's worked it! Check back for a new lesson each month.
Article posted 10/13/2011.