Cat eye eyeliner. We’ve all seen it. We’ve all swooned over it.
Wearing the sharp and defined cat eye liner look is a calling card of one of the most iconic looks of all time. Looking back on makeup history, we can see the cat eye liner trend in almost every generation of eye makeup! It’s bold, it’s beautiful, it’s powerful – and many would suggest that it is actually challenging to either create or pull off. Even if it may seem a daunting task to create the perfect cat eye liner look, I have a really quick and easy way to get this look every single time!
The Easiest Cat Eye Technique
There are several ways you can achieve a cat eye from meticulously painting it on yourself with specially sized brushes and applicators all the way to using a bobby pin to stamp it on. Don’t believe me? Click the link! However, the most commonly used techniques for the perfectly sharp and delicate cat eye are drawing it on yourself and using a barrier/guide to easily create a sharp line.
I personally love the barrier/guide technique to achieve an easy, powerful cat eye as quickly and stress-free as I can. My barrier of choice? Sticky notes!
Yes, you read that right. I use sticky notes to create a quick and easy cat eye most of the time that I wear this look. I’ve used the applicator to draw on my cat eye many times, but I find that my hands shake too much to make the wings even and to get them as sharp as I want. Or, I’ll accidentally mess up my wing and try to fix it by going bolder and bolder. Maybe it’ll look better if I draw it a little longer to hide my mistakes? And then I wind up with a non-flattering, nearly scary looking wing that just ruins my whole makeup look. It’s so frustrating!
I’ve even used tape as a barrier to do this technique, but I found that the adhesive of the tape would pull off any makeup on my skin under it! To amend this, I have used it to apply my eye makeup and cat eye before I applied the rest of my foundation, concealer, etc., but I would also have a red sensitive area on my face since I’m allergic to the adhesive in the tape. If you’ve seen a few of my earlier videos, you know what I’m talking about.
I had almost given up hope when I started trying a cat eye with sticky notes, and the results speak for themselves! The adhesive is not sticky enough to remove makeup underneath it, and it doesn’t irritate my skin like tape does! That’s a win-win-win!
If you have sensitive skin like me, try out this technique. You may love it as much as I do!
Easy Cat Eye Steps
- Apply your face makeup as you normally would. I apply all of my makeup first. If I only want a sharp cat eye eyeliner look, I will also do my eyeshadow before. If I want my shadow to contribute to the liner look, I will apply it before I put on the eyeliner.
- Get some small sticky notes. Large ones would work, too, but they may be harder to work with. Mine are just some off-brand ones I had on my desk.
- Line the sticky notes from the bottom lid of the eye to the corner of the eyebrow. This is really important! The most natural and flattering cat eye angle follows the natural angle of your eye and begins a little lower than your upper eye lid.
- Press the sticky note so that you make sure that there is a seal between the note and your skin. We don’t want any lifted up areas, or your wing will be uneven.
- Use the edge of the sticky note to paint on, draw on, or brush on your cat eye wing. I generally start with the tip of the wing and use the sticky note for the sharp underside. Even though you are using this as a guide, it is still possible to rush and mess up the part that you are painting on! Take your time on the delicate tip of the cat eye wing and then gradually make the line thicker until you have achieved the thickness that you want for the wing.
- Finish off the rest of the eyeliner on your lid.
- Repeat steps 3-6 for the other eye.
- Gently peel off the sticky notes to reveal super sharp cat eye lines!
- Use the eyeliner or correct your wings if they are uneven.
That’s it! If you would like to watch me apply my own cat eye wings using sticky notes, just click on the video below!
Do you have an easy way you apply your cat eye liner? Tell us in the comments below! I love hearing from you guys!