How To Create The Perfect Cat Eye in 4 Steps

How To Create The Perfect Cat Eye in 4 Steps
Chris Patey

Apologies to the red lip and smoky eye, but a well-executed cat eye is the most versatile makeup look of all time (sorry, had to pull a Kanye there). Worn with a sheer balm and touch of blush, it’s the perfect look for mimosa brunch, while a vampy lip and extra coat of mascara transforms it into an ideal nighttime look. Hence, we’re in full agreement here at Byrdie HQ that it’s the one skill every woman should master at some point in her life—and hopefully sooner, rather than later.

With this in mind, we enlisted the help of our resident makeup guru and creator of many a celebrity cat eye, Lauren Andersen, to show us how to get a perfect wing every time.

Keep scrolling to see our step-by-step guide to creating the perfect cat eye!


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    Start with a clean eyelid. We recommend using an eyeshadow primer, like Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($20), to keep your cat eye smudge-proof. 

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    Wing Out

    “I take my ring finger at my temple, and stretch my eyelid straight out,” Andersen says. “Keeping my eyelid mostly closed, and softly closed, I start at the middle of my lash line and draw a straight line. I go straight out, and then I let go, and [the line] will be a little bit lifted.”

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    Trace Inner Corner

    Next, Andersen traces a thin line from the inner corner of her eye until it meets the beginning of the line she just created. “I like it thin on the inner corner, and then it wings out to a peak,” she says.

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    Blend and Connect

    “As the final step, I draw a line from my lower lash line and connect it to the outer wing I created, then fill in the little [triangular] corner,” Andersen says. Then, she just makes sure everything is blended and the line is sleek and smooth.

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    No cat eye would be complete without long, lush lashes. Wiggle a volumizing mascara from the base of your lashes all the way to the ends for a fluttery fringe. Andersen says she likes Avon’s Mega Effects Mascara ($8).

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    One last tip: “Use your finger as a guide for the wing,” Andersen says. “Extend the wing to your temple, the center of your temple, so your guide is the same on both sides.”

    Want more makeup tutorials? Andersen also showed us how to apply bronzer, cover up dark circles, apply highlighter, and create a smudge-proof bold lip!

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