Among my favorite of fall’s big looks is the dramatic cat eye. It’s retro, entirely glamorous, and for many, a bit tricky. The look requires precision and several products, so I’m here to tell you exactly what I use and how I create it so that it’ll last all night without showing any wear.
- Prime your eyes! This should be obvious at this point, folks. The best thing you can do to make your look last is give it a good foundation. My favorite (and the favorite of basically everyone on the planet) is Urban Decay Primer Potion. Sephora, $17.
- Sweep on a neutral shade of eyeshadow. Try to pick something similar to your skintone. In order to make sure that all the emphasis is on the eyeliner, I prefer a matte shade for this look, but you can go with a shimmer or pearl tone if you prefer. My favorite brand for neutrals is Laura Mercier Eyecolor. Sephora, $22.
- Tightline your upper lid with a waterproof pencil. This step isn’t particularly fun, but in order to get the most color saturation possible, it’s necessary. With the black liner, trace the waterline of your upper lid. Try not to color on your contacts or poke yourself in the eye. Because of the proximity to your eye, I think that waterproof is a necessity, and my favorite is Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes. Sephora, $17.
- And now, it’s time for the liquid liner. In all actuality, though, I prefer to use a waterproof gel liner and my own brush; it’s more exact, more opaque, and less messy. MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack is the only way to go for gel eyeliner, in my experience, and I prefer to use it with their MAC 266 Small Angled Brush. Flat brushes don’t give you quite the same drama as angled brushes at the end of the line, which is what you need in this look. Make the line wider as you reach the outer corner of your eye, and at the very end, flick your wrist a little to create the cat eye look. MAC, $15-$19.
- Finish with a super dark mascara. Any thing less is going to make your look appear unfinished. Chanel Inimitable Waterproof is my mascara Holy Grail. Neiman Marcus, $30.