Wing It: Cat Eyes For Every Eye Shape
Published Jun 06, 2015
The cat eye is one technique that leaves many feeling defeated. It’s challenging to pull off, and the same eye lining method will not work on every person. The secret? Knowing your eye shape. All you need is our simple eye guide below and a steady hand. If you think cat eyes won’t work on you, think again!
A note – it’s common that your eye shape may fall into several categories. Combine recommended techniques to guide you toward a custom cat eye just for you.
A cat eye works very well for this eye shape. Rounded outer lids can create a downturned appearance that’s only enhanced by a hard line. Here’s the trick: instead of following the eye shape, pick the ideal point where you’d like the winged liner to flare, and connect it to your top liner, and then connect to the end of your bottom lid. This is a chunkier cat eye with a triangular look that makes the eyes appear lifted. For even more lift, use a flesh-toned pencil on the outer corner of the eyes to conceal discoloration.
It’s hard to go wrong with this style on this naturally cat-like eye shape. When eyes turn up at the ends, the bottom lid tends to appear longer than the top, making an extended cat eye a perfect way to balance out the shape. Keep your line thin, follow your eye’s natural shape, and wing it out on the end.
It can seem pointless to try and create a crisp line on lids that naturally cover up your hard work. Luckily, a cat eye focuses on the outer corner of the eye, and that should be your point of focus, too. Line your eyes following the lash line, but don’t be afraid to extend up and out at the end. The fully lined lid strengthens the look but the real focus is on that edge wing. Feel free to draw it thick and connect it to your lower lid.
A monolid is a single upper eyelid, as opposed to an eyelid with a fold or crease. A cat eye can enhance a monolid dramatically and beautifully when it’s done right. Because of the way the skin on the lid hangs, the liner must be drawn on extra thick to be visible when the eye is open. Monolid eyes generally have a beautiful upturned shape, which lends itself well to most winged liner techniques.
With the wrong makeup, big, heavy-lidded eyes can look as though they’re bulging. Temper a large lid with a thicker cat eye, and don’t be afraid to use a little shadow on your top and bottom lids for a smokier look that will soften the shape and give you enviable bedroom eyes.
Eyes can generally appear smaller with this shape, but that can be fixed with shadow. Keep the cat eye thin along the base of the lashes to make the top lid appear full, and use a darker shadow below to create lid definition beneath to balance it.