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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. Meticulously winged tips are one of the tougher skills to master, but with these tricks and a little practice (and some makeup remover), you’ll go from bland to glam in no time.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with hues other than black or brown. Greys, emeralds, navys and maroons add an unexpected pop of color to an otherwise classic look. Let your bold liner take center stage by pairing it with a shadow in a color that’s close to your bare eyelid. Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow has a velvety smooth powder-cream texture that’ll stay put all day.
Choose a pencil, liquid or gel formula to create your cat eye.
Pencil is the easiest type of liner to master because most minor fixes are just a smudge away. Pencil can also be a very versatile product depending on how you sharpen it—drill down to a blunt edge for a polished point or dull the tip on your hand for a softer smear. Either way, choose a creamy formula that glides on with ease, like Infallible Original Eyeliner, to avoid creating too much friction on the delicate skin around the eyes.
To apply, make tiny dots all along the lash line, starting from the inner corner of the eye and working your way out. Then channel your inner-toddler and connect the dots, holding the edge of your eyelid taut. If you fudge, don’t panic. Keep a Q-tip with one dry end (for blending) and one end dipped in makeup remover (for damage control) nearby.
Liquid liner creates a precise line for expert glam appeal, but calls for a steady hand. When choosing a liquid product, focus on the type of applicator you feel most comfortable maneuvering. We love products that allow for a controlled and continuous flow, like The Super Slim Eyeliner by Infallible, which has a 0.4mm precision tip for a sharp, clean line.
If you’re new to the liquid game, try lining your eye in pencil first and use that as a guide. Rest your elbow on a countertop for a steady grip, and line in sections: along the inner, middle, and outer upper lash line.
Gel liner comes in a variety of different colors and gives a similar effect to liquid liner, but is easier to apply. Gel liner is generally fast drying, waterproof and long lasting, so it’s a simpler option all around.
For a glossy, lacquered look with intense shine, Infallible® Lacquer Liner 24H is our go-to. This one comes with its own flat brush, and the trick here is to use the bristles on one side, so that you don’t put on too much liner and the brush doesn’t fray out.
For a perfectly winged tip, use your lower lash line as a guide: pretend you’re extending it upward towards the end of the brow with the liner to get the right angle for your eye shape.