Don't let those graphic, in-your-face cat eyes scare you! A trusty kohl eyeliner can be your weapon of choice when it comes to creating delicate, barely-there cat eye makeup...
Why cat eye?
The "cat eye" makeup look consists of a line along the upper lashes that finishes in a flick. The line helps to define your eye contour and adds volume to the lashes. The flick at the end elongates the perceived shape of the eye.
We've seen many intense, graphic versions of the cat eye on the runway recently, but were left wondering how to tone down this look and make it something that would be appropriate for work, or for those of us who prefer to keep our makeup low key.
The subtle version
Dust over the eyelid with a soft brush and an eyeshadow that matches your skin tone to provide an even and smooth base.
Take a black kohl eye pencil and soften it on the back of your hand until it is fairly blunt. You could alternatively use a dark brown or dark purple shade depending on your eye color.
Trace the kohl along your upper lash line and fade out over a centimeter past the end of the lashes. Repeat.
Take a clean sponge applicator and use the thinnest edge to gently smudge along the line of kohl by pushing down onto the liner.
Use a lash-defining mascara and apply one coat, making sure to cover each lash from root to tip by using zig-zagging motions.
What makeup should I wear with a subtle cat eye?
A strong brow and a nude lip look really pretty with a subtle cat eye, but if you wanted to add some intensity to the look, opt for a dramatic bold lip color!