elle king cat eye makeupThe cat eye makeup look is a sexy, playful, and easy one to achieve. Yes, I said easy. All you need is the right liner, a somewhat steady hand, and a little patience. We can make this look more daring for Halloween, or keep it simple for every day. My friend and singer Elle King (pictured) is really adventurous with her cat eye makeup. And she's the perfect little kitten to guide us on how to get the look -- the many looks.
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You may know her voice from the Mob Wives theme song "Playing for Keeps" off her album The Elle King EP, but now we're going to learn the different winged-out liner looks Elle rocks every day, and on stage. Purrfect if you're dressing up as a kitty cat on October 31.
What you need: As I mentioned ... liquid liner, a steady(ish) hand, patience ... and Q-tips (slightly wet) in case you mess up and need to start again. That's it! I really like the ink pot style and wand of Almay's Liquid Liner in Precise Black, but there are many to choose from, including Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Liner, which goes on like a marker.
In the main photo above, Elle starts the liner in the center of her eye. I love this look. To achieve, simply start the liner in the center and first make a thin line along the edge of your lid to corner, then slightly wing out. Experiment and add thickness to your liking.
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To go more bold with your liquid liner, check out this look ....
This cat eye goes nearly to inner corner, and wings out thicker, and straighter. Want an even bolder look?
Above Elle really brings the liner out and upward, matching the edge of her eyebrow. It's a continuous thick line from inner eye outward.
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Let's break down this tutorial even more.
cat eye makeup tutorial
On the left, you can see a step-by-step. I lined closest to the lash line starting from the center of my eye. Then just as I neared the end, I went upward.
Then I went over that line to make it straighter, and lined the corner edge of my eye to meet the other line as seen in the middle photo. Lastly, fill it in.
Play around with how far you want the edges to go on both sides. Use the slightly wet Q-tip to erase any lines you aren't liking, and keep trying, calling on your patience until you get the look you love most on you. You can line full eyelid, vary the thickness of the line, and you can also extend that outer edge farther -- straight or winged-up.
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Do you wear cat eye makeup? Would you?
Images of Elle King via Elle King; bottom two images via Michele Zipp
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