There isn't an occasion for which a classic cat eye doesn't suit. But sadly, creating said cat eye is easier than said done. While practice is undeniably the best way to nail down your technique, it's also important to make sure you're using the right tools. In this case, that's your eyeliner — the right pen (or pencil) can make all the difference. Ahead, a guide to the best eyeliners for a cat eye — but first, a few essential tips.
First up: figuring out what type of eyeliner to use. Liquid formulas have long been the go-to because they deliver intense color payoff and come in pen-like applicators that, in theory, make them easier to draw on. But since their budge-proof formulas leave you less room for error, they can also be quite intimidating (and most definitely require some practice). To get your most precise wing, you can try lightly sketching your cat eye with a pencil first, which can be used as a guideline for applying your liquid liner over the top. Another makeup artist-approved tip is to place a piece of tape at the outer corner of your eyes so that you can create two even flicks, using the tape as a stencil.
You can, of course, use a pencil to create a cat eye too. Just be sure to choose a pencil that can be sharpened, since retractable pencils won't retain their pointy tip over time. Gel pots are another popular choice because they have a creamy consistency that's easy to work with. That said, if you go the gel liner route, you'll need to pick up an angled brush, too.
No matter what your weapon of choice, be sure to keep some Q-tips on hand in case you make a mistake. Rather than starting over from scratch, you can dip the cotton swab in some makeup remover or micellar water and use it to clean up your lines and erase smudges.