The kitten eye
Sometimes the cat eye is a little bit more dramatic than I’m interested in, so if I want a bit more of a glam look, I’ll do the kitten eye. It’s a smaller version of the cat eye, in case that wasn’t obvious in the name.
I’ve heard from women that liquid liner can be daunting. It’s challenging to work with. And doing a cat eye, or kitten eye, is a talent in and of itself! But, after a bit of practice, I’m sure you can master the skill. Plus, the perk of the kitten eye is that it’s shorter, so you don’t have to worry as much about your “flicks” matching, like you do with the cat eye.
Frankly, we aren’t dolls with painted on makeup in the first place, so if your flicks aren’t exactly symmetrical, that’s okay. It’s better that they both match the direction you are doing (up and out) versus obsessing over them having the exact same length.
Or, just do what I do, and do the kitten eye.
First, you should find a liquid liner that you love. The brush, the product itself, and even the weight of the wand will all factor in when finding the right liquid liner for you. I also like to make sure to add plenty of highlight around my eyes when I do something a bit more glam, to balance it out. In this tutorial I’m featuring YSL’s Eyeliner Noir Liquid Liner and YSL’s Touche Eclat (in shade 1.5). I have heard beauty bloggers talk about the wonder that is Touche Eclat for a long time, so I was happy to finally pick some up! I happily accepted the assistance of an employee at the Nordstrom Beauty section to pick the YSL Touche Eclat shade. I thought it was a universal highlighter, and was surprised to see such a range in colors! I wanted brightness that looked natural, so we settled on the shade 1.5.
I like to keep the eyeshadow minimal when I’m doing dramatic liner, so for this look I used a soft neutral shade all over the lid, and a brown shade about 2 shades darker in the crease. YSL makes a really pretty eyeshadow palette called Pure Chromatics (which can be used wet or dry) and the shade No. 9 would be the perfect neutrals to both wear everyday and in this simple kitten eye look.
On my lips is Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Coral.
My biggest tip when it comes to liquid liner is to work slowly, in a well lit area, and work with short strokes. You can always go bigger and bolder with liner, so keep it narrow and precise to start out with. My favorite thing about the YSL Eyeliner Noir Liquid liner is the brush. It is extremely detailed, and the perfect amount of tightness to allow a brush-like stroke, without creating a mess. Also, the formula is inky and dark, but not too liquid-y. It would be hard to apply too much liquid with this liner. I’ve used some that need to be scraped off on the side so it didn’t glob onto my lash line, but you won’t run into that issue with this one.
In order to determine how pointed upward, or pulled outward, the flick should be, follow the direction of your lower lid. The further outward you do, the more narrow your eyes will look, BUT the more dramatic the eye will look as well. So for a dramatic cat eye, pull that flick out! But, for this look, staying in the natural direction of your eye shape will be pretty, and different, without being over done.
You can see from the green arrow that my flick followed straight up from where my lower lid was angled.
To add brightness around the eye area, hit your brow bone, the top side of your nose, and the highest point of your cheek.
Finish with a generous bit of mascara on the top lashes, and hit the bottom lashes with just enough to add definition, but no more than that. The focus is the liner and the top of the eye, so don’t worry too much about adding definition along the bottom.
I like mixing a bold lip color with the kitten eye, and while this one is a custom shade I created over the summer, I think this would be fun to wear these holidays as well!
I always love shopping around for beauty products at Nordstrom, and wish I lived closer to one! Although, it’s probably a good thing that I don’t! There are a handful of brands that I haven’t yet tried there, and the gift sets that are available this time of year are so tempting!
This post was created in collaboration with Nordstrom