What do Audrey Hepburn, Bridgitte Bardot and Taylor Swift all have in common? They all mastered (and owned) the art of the perfect cat-eye.
Executing an impeccable cat eye is as essential to every woman as finding the perfect LBD. Because the cat eye is, without doubt, the little black dress of make-up: forever flattering, it can be dressed up or dressed down to suit the occasion. Or, perhaps, a more fitting simile would be a wear-with-anything handbag or pair of nude pumps—because, quite simply, a cat eye is the perfect accessory. But perfecting this look is far less expensive than few scraps of (designer) leather, and it’s a life-long skill that’ll outlast even your much-loved Louboutins.* The cat eye accentuates eyes of every colour, shape and size, and adds a little easy, everyday touch of glamour to any outfit.
The cat eye, while versatile, is quintessentially feminine and—dare I say it—sexy. A swipe of liner and a few strokes of mascara are all it takes to maximize your feminine wiles without spending the best part of half an hour shoveling on layers of eyeshadow. That’s the magic of it: Once you’ve perfected the technique, it’s a great go-to look that’ll make you feel pretty and preened with minimal effort. You don’t need a trove of different pallettes and pigments to achieve this make up look: it’s as simple as purchasing a great gel liner (Maybelline’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner RRP’s at $9.99 and it’s as good as any you’ll find for a higher price) and topping it off with your favourite mascara. Simples.
Having trouble with your technique? Following a tutorial video is a great way to go. the following video was, hands down, the most thorough and easy to follow of all the tutorials I found on the interwebs. Then practice, practice, practice makes perfect!
That said, of course, there are so many ways to make this look your own. Here are a few of my favourites:
*I am 100% joking. The Louboutins are a very distant dream for this broke twenty-something.