The Year of the Highlight isn't over.
Everyone has struggled with perfecting their cat eye technique at some point, right? I think I’ve found the solution, and it’s ridiculously easy.
You only need two things; one is your liquid eyeliner and the other one you probably already have in your house.
No, I’m not going to tell you to use your credit card or whatever to guide your eyeliner. In fact, you won’t have to draw your cat-eye flicks on with your hand at all.
Intrigued? Okay, then go get a number 2 pencil with a perfect eraser. Also grab a sharp knife. I guess that makes this three things that you need, but whatever. If you have a pocket knife or whatever, that’s fine too, but I don’t so I used a kitchen knife. Please don’t cut yourself.
You’re going to take your knife and cut the pencil eraser in half going in a downward angle to create a half-circle shape.
Once your pencil eraser is ready, you’re going to take your liquid eyeliner (I used NYC black liquid eyeliner) and carefully paint it onto the protruding half-circle shape. Tap your finger on it gently if there’s excess eyeliner on it, so it doesn’t smear all over the place.
Guess what you just made? A stamp! A cat-eye stamp, specifically. Once the eyeliner is on the eraser, you just line it up next to your eye and gently press down.
When you do the next eye, make sure you’re holding it at the same angle as before and press it going in the same direction away from your eye. Also make sure that you apply the same amount of liquid to the eraser both times. That’s all you have to do to make sure that your cat-eye flicks are identical.
Once you have your cat-eye flicks, you can take your eyeliner and draw the rest of the line along your eyelids, connecting it to the flicks at the end to complete the look.
It doesn’t create the most dramatic winged eye look, since pencil erasers are small, but that’s okay with me. You can always extend the flicks out more if you want; it’s much easier because the basic shape is already there for you.
I’m pretty proud of myself for coming up with this idea. If you have shaky hands (like me) or you can never get your cat-eye flicks to look the same (like me), you need to give this a try. I’m going to be using my MacGyver-style pencil eraser stamp every time I need a subtle cat-eye from now on.