How To Create The Perfect Cat Eye in 4 Steps
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!
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.
“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.”
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).
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.”