Trust me - finding the one secret to perfect cat eye liner is no easy feat. It's taken me years, and I mean years, to get this eyeliner art down to a tee. Yes, it is art, and yes, I'm very proud to say that I've somewhat accomplished having a consistent cat eye liner every single time.
Don't get me wrong though, I've gone through endless hours trying to make sure my eyeliner is on point when I first started wearing this trend. From smeared makeup to going through endless amounts of makeup remover wipes, you name it, I've been through it all. I probably started wearing this eye liner style during my third year of college. Why was I experimenting with makeup when I knew I had finals to worry about? I don't know. Call it a stress reliever, perhaps.
My roommate was the first person to show me how to apply cat eye liner, and in my attempts to put it on, I could've easily given up from how complicated it seemed to me. When trying the eyeliner style for the first couple of times, I think we all go through the questions of, "Where do I even start?," "Are these wings even?," and, "Ugh, I think the wing is too long." Yes, these doubts are all too familiar for me.
But over time, and after going through bottles of liquid eyeliner, I've come to find that if there's anything I can count on for putting on the perfect cat eye liner, it's one secret that I've learned over the years.
Start lining from the outside and know where to start each time
Yes, this is the one rule I've been super loyal to. I know it may not be the "conventional" way of putting on eyeliner, but I've figured that there are two lines on the outside of my eyes where I ALWAYS start from and it's worked every time. This way, I don't have to guess how high I should start the wing or how long it should be. I just always start from those two lines.
Pick a spot near the outside corner of your eyeball and know where it is. Practice with it and always make sure you begin from whatever spot you choose. For me, it's always worked and I can rely on a consistent eyeliner game.
Once you've picked your spot, glide smoothly through, starting from the outside to your outer corner. If you dip slightly at the right angle from the spot you've chosen to the actual part of your outer corner, you can basically draw the outline for the wingtip and fill in from there. Draw in the rest, starting from the top of the wing, moving towards your inner eye corner.
This technique might take a while to get used to, but to me, it's well worth it.
Also, really important: next time you apply cat eyeliner, remember to also breathe, be confident, and own that style. Now go rock that cat eyeliner right meow!
Images: Author's Own