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How to: Cat eye

#1/13: Get the right tools
#1/13: Get the right tools
For a classic look, use a felt-tipped black liquid liner. Or, for a more modern look, veteran celebrity make-up artist and beauty industry trend-setter Michelle Champagne recommends using a bold color, like electric blue. Kate Rose Cipriano, owner, principal makeup artist and fashion and beauty stylist for Touch of Blush, loves Lancome’s Artliner in Noir or Plum Glimmer.
#2/13: Magnify it
#2/13: Magnify it
Cipriano recommends setting up a lighted, hands-free magnifying mirror. “This will be your best friend in the process,” she said.
#3/13: Check your brows
#3/13: Check your brows
Next, Champagne suggests making sure your brows are perfectly shaped. Don’t forget to check for any stray hairs, too.
#4/13: Keep it simple
#4/13: Keep it simple
Remember to keep the rest of your makeup, especially around your eyes, clean and neutral. “Think Mad Men -- peaches and cream complexion with wing-tipped liner -- very retro!” Champagne said.
#5/13: Start with a lid primer
#5/13: Start with a lid primer
Even out your lids with the help of a primer. “My personal favorite is Nars Eye Pro Primer. It helps set a clean canvas for the shadow and liner. Plus, it keeps the liner from smudging in the wee hours,” Champagne said.
#6/13: Powder it up
#6/13: Powder it up
Next, Champagne suggests using a small, soft, rounded brush to apply a translucent powder to the eye to remove any oils on the lid.
#8/13: Lining tip
#8/13: Lining tip
When applying liner, Cipriano suggests looking downwards, but not closing your eyes completely. “It’s easier to look down and keep your lids relaxed. Don’t squeeze your lids together.”
#10/13: Give it wings
#10/13: Give it wings
Now that you have your basic line, Cipriano recommends dipping the liner applicator into the product, then retracing your original line from mid-way. “This time, as you near your eye’s outer corner, flick your wrist quickly towards your temple hairline to wing your outer corner.”
#11/13: Clean it up
#11/13: Clean it up
Look in the mirror with a relaxed face to make sure both eyes are even. “Use an angled eyeliner brush to clean up your line,” Cipriano said.
#12/13: Get glam
#12/13: Get glam
For added drama, Champagne recommends working in a dry black cake powder over the wet liner with a stiff, flat liner brush. “This will make your lashes look more voluminous.” She also suggests lining your upper waterline with a black eyeliner pencil to create a finished, dramatic eye.
#13/13: Mascara time!
#13/13: Mascara time!
Last but not least, Cipriano recommends completing your look with a liberal dose of black mascara. Voila! Rock your perfect cat eye at your holiday party, on a hot date or during your night out with the gals!
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