Anime Lana del Rey in Numero Magazine
I don’t care if it is a Japanese magazine — Lana del Rey should know that anime makeup only belongs at Comic-Con. (Same goes for lace-up PVC boots, floor-length capes, or any kind of amulet.) If you’re more eyeliner than eye, you’re doing it wrong.
DO IT RIGHT: A cat eye is a classic look — Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, and Brigitte Bardot all wore it — and it’s a lot easier to apply than you might think. Always start at the inner corner of the eye, and using quick, short strokes, trace along the upper lash line, gradually thickening the line at the outer corners. I prefer to use a flat eyeliner brush and a long-wear creme or gel liner (YSL’s Effect Faux Cils or Shiseido’s Accentuating Cream Liner are both easy to apply and waterproof). Using a brush allows you to really push the color down into the lashes, getting rid of any space between your lashes and the liner, which is one of the biggest mistakes women make when attempting a cat eye, other than winging it out like Cleopatra at Studio 54 (see Lana del Rey, above). A line that’s too thick and too long comes off costume-y and ultimately makes the makeup the first thing people notice instead of your eyes. And that sorta defeats the whole purpose.
Of course, you can always go the classic route and do liquid liner (Lancome’s Artliner is one of the more user-friendly), but you shouldn’t underestimate a good eye pencil when it comes to doing a cat eye. Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Intense Eyeliner and Sephora’s Nano Eyeliner are both highly pigmented and easy to blend, which makes for softer edges and a subtler look.
STILL NEED HELP? Watch a great step-by-step tutorial on creating a cat eye with all three different kinds of liner after the jump.