Makeup for Total Newbies: How to Do a Cat Eye

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Makeup for Total Newbies: How to Do a Cat Eye

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I have a confession: I don’t know how to do makeup. I’ve accomplished a lot in my three decades on this planet, like living abroad, learning how to box, and watching all three Godfather movies. But makeup? I have no clue.

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Makeup has never really interested me. I prefer taking the time to pick out the right blouse than the perfect shade of blush. My go-to beauty routine since forever has consisted of simply swiping on some mascara, a dab of tinted lip balm, and then hoping for the best.

But something has shifted in me lately. Maybe it’s just another mountain for me to climb, but now I suddenly have the urge to learn how to do makeup — and be good at doing it! Or at least give it my best beauty-blogger-in-training effort.

For my first attempt at learning how to do makeup, I chose the cat eye. It’s a sultry, sophisticated look that’s as timeless as Lauren Conrad. It’s not the easiest look to master, but it’s definitely possible to achieve.

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I scoured a number of beauty tutorials online, and here’s what I found to help my fellow makeup noobs create the perf cat eye.

Step 1. Buy Your Eyeliner

I went to my local drugstore, picked up a bunch of eyeliners, went over to the beauty counter and was like, “Help meeeeee!”

I told the beauty attendant there that I was a makeup newbie who was learning how to do the cat eye. She suggested that I start with Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner ($9) because she thought it would be the easiest to apply, thanks to the thick brush and pigmentation.

SOLD!

Makeup 101 Guide for Girls Who Don't Know How to Do Makeup: the Cat Eye: makeup

 

Step 2. Clean Your Face

I might not know a heck of a lot about makeup, but I do know that starting off with a clean face is your first priority.

After cleansing, I finished off with my fave moisturizer. I let my eyelids go au naturel because adding eyeshadow seemed hella complicated for moi. Easy does it!

Makeup 101 Guide for Girls Who Don't Know How to Do Makeup: the Cat Eye: fresh face

 

Step 3. Start Your Line

Gently pulling my eyelid helped me feel more in control of the liner, but there are some experts out there who don’t want you to do this. I say, do you!

I started with applying the liner from about one-quarter of the way onto my eye lid — so not quite at the inner corner of my eye — and drew a line along the the lash line.

Then, I went back and filled it in a bit more, creating my desired thickness.

I continued the line to the outer corner of the eye, but I did NOT make my wing yet. I took my time and went super close to the mirror.

Makeup 101 Guide for Girls Who Don't Know How to Do Makeup: the Cat Eye: start the line

 

Step 4. Connect Your Line

I then went to the inner corner of my eye and slowly connected the line so that it was all seamless. I continued to thicken it as I pleased because why not go big and bold?

Makeup 101 Guide for Girls Who Don't Know How to Do Makeup: the Cat Eye: inner corner

 

Step 5. Create Your Flick

To make that much-desired flick, or wing, I didn’t pull my eyelid. Instead, I held the outer crease of my eye to keep a tight surface, and then I drew a line from the outer corner of my eye up at an angle, connecting it with my original line. I did a small flick because I didn’t want to be *that* extra (but feel free to go wild!).

Makeup 101 Guide for Girls Who Don't Know How to Do Makeup: the Cat Eye: start the flick

Makeup 101 Guide for Girls Who Don't Know How to Do Makeup: the Cat Eye: the flick

 

Step 6. Duplicate It

And just when you think, OMG I AM A BEAUTY GENIUS! You realize you have to do it allll over again on the other eye! FML!

Makeup 101 Guide for Girls Who Don't Know How to Do Makeup: the Cat Eye: one eye done

 

Step 4. Voila!

So I did it! It might not have been the smoothest, most elegant cat eye, buuuut it wasn’t bad for a beginner!

I smoothed out any mistakes with a cotton swab and a touch of Vaseline. Then I swiped on my trusty mascara, and voila!

Later, I went out for dinner with some of my friends and they were all like, “We didn’t know we invited Adele!” I took that as a good sign!

 

When it comes to makeup, I’m learning that, like anything, practice makes perfect. And once I decided to try a new makeup technique with the goal of doing it *well*, the end result wasn’t as bad as I thought.

So, if I can do the cat eye — so can you!

Brianne Hogan
Brianne Hogan

Brianne Hogan is a freelance writer in Toronto who loves coffee, cats and astrology. Her byline's been featured on HelloGiggles, Elle Canada, Flare, Thrillist, among others. Keep up with her on Twitter, Facebook or her blog.