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Top Cat Eye Video Tutorials

Updated: Jan 22

A woman using a soft khol eyeliner to create a cat eye flick

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

Top Cat Eye Video Tutorials

Looking for an easy-to-follow tutorial?

Emily DiDonato's tutorial has had more than 700,00 views. She makes it look easy ans explains in an easy-to-understand way how you can follow her lead.

Nikkie Tutorials' guide has had more than one million views! It 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. It hasn't had tons of views, but we think it's simple to follow and offers practical tips.

For mature skin, I recommend this excellent video by TheMakeupChair. As well as tacking the issue of how to properly prep the skin, this tutorial shows you how to create a soft smuged look that avoids the full cat style.

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

Here's Our Own Guide

Mastering the eyeliner flick can feel like an elusive dance between control and precision. But, with a little practice and these handy tips, you'll be wielding that eyeliner pen like a pro in no time.

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Step 1: Prep your canvas

Before you dive in, prime your eyelids with an eyeshadow primer. This creates a smooth, even base for your eyeliner to glide on and prevents smudging. Bonus points for applying a light eyeshadow shade, which can help hide any imperfections in your liner work.

Step 2: Choose your weapon

Liquid eyeliner is the go-to for a sharp, defined flick. Opt for a pen with a fine tip for ultimate control, especially if you're a beginner. Gel eyeliner offers a slightly softer, more smudgeable look, perfect for creating a diffused, smokey effect. Pencil eyeliner is another option, but it tends to be less precise and may require more sharpening to maintain a thin tip.

Step 3: Embrace the dots

Instead of trying to draw the entire wing in one go, break it down into smaller, more manageable steps. Start by placing tiny dots along your lash line, extending outwards towards where you want the tip of your flick to be. Think of these dots as a roadmap for your eventual line.

Step 4: Connect the dots

Once you have your roadmap, use short, feathery strokes to connect the dots, gradually thickening the line as you approach the outer corner of your eye. Keep your hand relaxed and close to your eyelid for better control.

Step 5: Wing it!

Now comes the fun part – the actual flick! Remember, it's always easier to start smaller and go thicker later than the other way around. Begin by drawing a thin line angled upwards from the outer corner of your eye, following the natural trajectory of your lower lash line. Gradually taper the line as you extend it outwards, creating a sharp, pointed tip.

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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