• Belinda Bennett

Top Cat Eye Video Tutorials

Updated: May 19

A staple of looks created by professional makeup artists, the cat eye is dramatic but notoriously hard to achieve for most. An instantly-recognisable style, effortlessly epitomised by the likes of Amy Winehouse and screen legend Sophia Loren, it is sophisticated yet oh-so-sultry.

Slow strokes and a steady hand are purportedly the only skills required to effectively pull off this on-trend glamour puss essential.

Honestly? I've never manged to fully create this look, but I am getting there - slowly. So far, either the top line is too deep, covering most of my eyelid, or it misses the actual eyelash line, creating a space. And, when it comes to doing that super sexy flick - forget it! I end up with a black, smudged mess.

It could be that I am not very good at paying attention to instructions. After all, there are plenty of step-by-step 'how to' guides out there.

Having mature skin, I am not truly convinced that a flick at the sides of my eyes would be all that flattering. Maybe, it's the ever-increasing crinkles that are holding me back. Either way, I am going to persevere because it is the look all makeup addicts feel they have to master.

'The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.' ― Yves Saint Laurent

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The History Of The Cat Eye

Eyeliner has not always been used to make a beauty statement. In ancient times, the Egyptians used it to ward off evil. Talismans or charms depicting the evil eye are still popular today in art but, centuries ago, the symbol represented a perceived curse. Black makeup was used around the eyes to ward the bad omen off.

Great figures from history, such as Cleopatra VII, are known to have worn heavy eye makeup possibly for that very reason.

Kohl, still widely used in makeup today, was developed during her reign and commonly utilised in the Middle East.

In terms of modern fashion, the cat eye did not take off until liquid eyeliner was brought to the market by major cosmetic brands 70 years ago.

Screen siren Brigitte Bardot is still remembered for her early adoption of the style.

If you want to follow in her footsteps, keep reading...

Cleopatra's makeup style

5 Cat Eye Video Tutorials

Looking for an easy-to-follow tutorial? Jennifer Chiu's guide for beginners is a good starting place. Offering step-by-step guidance, it shows every stage of the creation process.

Nikkie Tutorials' guide includes prep advice and gives a clear view of the brushes and products used.

For a quick, no-fuss guide, take a look at this short video tutorial from ABetsyVlifeSTYLE.

For mature skin, I recommend this excellent video by Teresa Rose, of Beautifully Clean Living. As well as tacking the issue of hooded eyes, this tutorial shows you how to 'lift' them.

I've saved the best till last. Here's the Queen of Makeup tutorials, Smitha Deepak, with her one-step cat eye guide.

This is a look I will never give up trying to master. It embodies the glamour of so many fashion and beauty icons - too many to individually list.

If you get the hang of it and want to share your secret to success, contact me and I will gladly share.

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