How to Apply the Perfect Cat Eye for Your Eye Shape

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There is no other beauty product that we have spent more time applying (and subsequently removing) than liquid eyeliner. The difficulty of creating the perfect cat eye is infamous and widely experienced—even among beauty editors. However, Dior makeup artist Peter Philips has us rethinking our approach to liquid liner ever since he debuted his newest beauty look on the Christian Dior runway earlier this week. Dewy skin, nude lips, and intense, graphic liner sent ancient Egypt into the 21st century, transforming each model into a modern-day Cleopatra.

Unlike most other runway beauty looks, this wasn’t a one-size-fits-all design. Phillips used the Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof in #092 Pro Black ($32) and Diorshow Art Pen Intense Professional Felt-Tip EyeLiner in #095 Catwalk Black ($32) to apply a cat eye that complemented each model’s individual eye shape. So no two looks were the same. “Whether exaggerated, underlined, framed or ringed, the eyes were the dominant feature,” said Philips. "I] created makeup that was made-to-measure, just like haute couture is.”

Whatever your eye shape, the trick to the most flattering style is working with it, not against it. Keep scrolling to discover the most flattering looks for different eye shapes, as well as tips on how to replicate them sans a professional.

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If you have the youthful, doe-eyed look of round eyes, don't shy away from lining them all the way around. This will make your eyes pop even more without minimizing or darkening them. Just remember to lift up the line on the outer corners at about a 45-degree angle. Since the liner will be set close to the waterline area, use a waterproof formula. In addition to the Dior picks, we're fans of Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($22).

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To define the crease of hooded eyes, swipe a bold line along the top lash line. It's okay to be a little heavy-handed, as a thick flick adds dimension. Plus, this upward slope further enhances the cheekbones. To re-create this bold, dark look on a budget, try using L'Oréal's The Infallible Blackbuster Liquid Eyeliner ($10). 

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Almond eyes tend to be highly symmetrical and slightly upturned at the outer corners, the perfect shape for this cool-girl twist on the classic cat eye. Lining the lower lid all the way and ending in a graphic flick at the outer corners won't drag the eyes down; in fact, it makes for a striking, futuristic gaze. To create those sharp corners, try using the Fiona Stiles Ultra Precision Stylo ($16). 

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With close-set eyes, the goal is to exaggerate the outer corners, making them appear farther apart. Here, Philips used a light hand to rim the waterline then extended it out into a glamorous feline flick. A kohl pencil formula holds up best in the waterline, but the upper lid required the drama of a dark liquid liner. Thanks to Tarte's Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner ($24), you get both in one.

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If the outer corners slope slightly lower than the inner corners, then this eye shape should look familiar. By leaving the lower lash line completely bare, and instead opting for a bold upper lid, you can make the eyes appear lifted. This also shifts the height of your face, drawing more attention to your brow and cheekbones. Remember to line the upper waterline as well to avoid any light spots in between the lashes. For this look, try Lancôme's Drama Liqui-Pencil Longwear Eyeliner ($23), which combines liquid and pencil formulas for high-intensity pigment with staying power.  

Which of these looks is your favorite? Sound off in the comments below!