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The ‘60s-inspired cat eye has been a sultry staple for decades—but this retro beauty trend is anything but dated. In fact, you’re sure to see it gracing the eyes of every influencer on your social media feed. Meticulously winged tips are one of the tougher makeup skills to master, but with these tricks, including using the right eyeliner, a little practice, and possibly some makeup remover, you’ll go from bland to glam in no time.
There isn’t one holy grail eyeliner that’s best for a winged look—you have options. And the eyeliner you choose to create your wing with can make all the difference in how your eye makeup turns out. Below, we share when you should use a pencil, liquid, or gel eyeliner.
Pencil eyeliner: Your first foray into eyeliner was likely with a pencil—and there’s good reason for that: Pencils are easy to use! So, if you’re a total beginner, reaching for a pencil like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner, may be a good idea. A pencil can also be a prime pick if you’re interested in drawing a less severe line, as you won’t be able to form quite as sharp of a wing with the blunt tip.
Liquid eyeliner: Let’s be honest, liquid eyeliner takes talent to apply. But learning how can be well worth it, especially if you’re a fan of winged eyeliner. Liquid eyeliners are ideal for creating ultra-precise lines—as long as you have a steady hand. If that sounds like you, try the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner.
Gel eyeliner: Want to achieve an effect that’s similar to liquid eyeliner—without struggling to apply it? Sounds like you might be interested in gel eyeliner. Dip a tiny brush into a pot of gel liner and you can get super skinny, clean lines without putting in excessive effort. For a glossy, lacquered look use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H, which comes with a flat brush to make application extra easy.
If you’ve practiced and practiced winged eyeliner without success, we have just the tip for you—stop trying to freehand it! There’s no rule saying you have to do it all on your own, you can use tape to help. Place a piece of regular ol’ adhesive tape at the outer corner of your eye, going up towards the end of your eyebrow. Once the tape is securely in place, line along your upper lash line as per usual. Thicken the line to your desired intensity, then wing it out. Drag the wing to where you want it, not worrying about keeping the bottom edge straight. After you’ve added the tiny triangle at the edge of your eye, you’re free to remove the tape—revealing a sharp line.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with hues other than black or brown. They may be just right for an everyday look, but when you need to spice things up, vivid shades of grey, emerald, navy, and maroon can add an unexpected pop of color to an otherwise classic look. For a range of colorful options, look to the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner, which is available in shades of blue and green.
Even the steadiest hands make mistakes from time to time. And that’s where micellar water comes in. If you aren’t completely pleased with your cat eye, all you need is a cotton swab dipped in micellar water. Saturate a swab with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, then use it to clean up the shape of your cat eye—it’s that easy.
Need a way to update your cat eye? Look no further: Here's The Best Way to Update a Cat Eye.