The cat eye is a classic, yet bold eye liner look that has been around for centuries. It dates back to Ancient Egypt, when Cleopatra would frame her eyes with a thick cat eye using a variety of minerals for pigment. The cat eye gained traction in America in the ‘50s, becoming part of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic beauty look.
Creating the perfect cat eye is no easy feat. You need the right kind of eye liner drawn at a certain angle, and you want it to be noticeable, but not too bold. We’ve rounded up some tips and tricks to help you master your best cat eye makeup.
Select your preferred eye liner.
Liquid eye liner is a great option to nail your cat eye makeup. The finest liner of them all, Avon True Color SuperExtend Precise Liquid Pen delivers sleek, ultra-fine lines and glides on for effortless, mess-free application. The super-fine tip makes it easy to create the classic cat eye wing, which cascades from thick to thin. Plus, if you make a mistake, you can easily wipe off the liquid formula.
If you prefer solid eye liner, draw the line our best-selling Avon True Color Glimmersticks Eye Liner. Featuring a glittery finish, this creamy-smooth eye liner defines with perfect precision and intensified shimmer. The shade Blackest Black will provide you with a chic, yet glamorous cat eye look, and it’s long-wearing, so you don’t have to worry about reapplying your makeup.
Choose your desired look.
When one thinks of a cat eye, a bold flick and a notice-me defined line is usually what comes to mind. The more exaggerated you draw your winged line, the more dramatic your cat eye will be. Drawing two angled lines where your eyelashes end and filling in the gap will help you achieve a stand-out cat eye that’s not lacking in drama. This bold look is great for people with small or medium-sized eyes. If you have larger or wide-set eyes, you might find this look overwhelming and prefer a subtler line.
If you like to keep your makeup simple, a subtle cat eye is perfect for you. Draw a fine line along your lash line, then extend, creating a thin flick at an upward angle. This style is fast and easy to do, and makes a great everyday look to accentuate your eyes without being overdone.
Use these hacks to help perfect the look.
Attach a small piece of clear tape diagonally up from the bottom corner of your eye. Trace a line on the upper edge of the tape and you have your cat eye flick.
Is your eye liner smudging? Did you draw the line bolder than you wanted? No problem. Wet a cotton swab with some makeup remover, like our Waterproof Lip & Eye Makeup Remover, and easily wipe off any excess liner.
Keep the rest of the look natural.
Whether your cat eye is matte or shimmery, subtle or dramatic, simple makeup will allow your eye makeup to stand out.
Create a flawless, natural-looking complexion with fmg Cashmere Complexion Compact Powder Foundation, which keeps skin looking fresh with a soft-focus matte finish. Swipe on our Birthday Balm Lip Crayon, which moisturizes your pout while providing it with sheer color. Complete your cat eye makeup with Wash-Off Waterproof Mascara, which stays on all day and won’t come off even if you need to wipe off your liner during touch-ups.