Friday, August 31, 2012

Classic Cat Eye

Created this look in about 20 minutes with no prior experience or practice. Perfect for a chic night out look, or casual day time wear.

1. Use a black liner to draw in the wings. Start from about 1/3 of the way in from your outer corners. You can make them by following your crease some of the way down to create a slight curve on the top where it will meet your bottom line, or you can simply draw a straight line from one end to the other creating a triangle. Your wing points should be about even with the end of your eyebrow and your eyesocket, and the bottom portion of your wing should start just barely into your lower lashline.
2. Line your top lashes with black liner. Don't worry if it's not perfect, you'll need to touch it up some after you finish your makeup anyway. Make the line thicker as it gets closer to the outer corner.
3. Take a small eyeshadow brush, I use a round crease brush, and fill in the black wing starting from the outer tip and working in to get a good gradient. Make sure that your color curves from the start of the top line to the 1/3 mark of your lid line, creating either a 'C' or a backwards 'C' depending on which side you are working on.
4. Using a flat brush, preferably a different one than the first to avoid mixing colors, brush on a brown eyeshadow that is a shade or two darker than your skintone. From the crease to the black wing, trying not to overlap the two too much.
5. Using a clean brush, smudge the rough edge of the gradient into the center portion of your eye over the brown. to that it blends.
6. Touch up your liner, and smudge the bottom line of the wing underneath of your eye to the 1/3 mark.
7. Line your waterline, and extend it up into your upper portion of your waterline for a more dramatic look.
8. Apply false lashes if you wish. (I did for this look.)
9. Apply 1-2 coats of mascara to your upper lashes, and a coat to the outer corner of your lower lashes, concentrating on where the liner is the darkest.
10. Pick out a muted tone of lipstick or lipgloss to avoid dual attention grabbing. (I chose a peach lipgloss from Avon that I've ranted about in past posts, rather than my typical fire red lipstick.)

**Always remember to remove any fallout of your eyeshadow from your face before putting on any foundation or primers.

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