The Hollow Cat Eye: A Customized Twist On A Classic Look

I'll show you several ways to do this unexpected and flattering eye makeup.
Publish date:
May 14, 2014
eyeliners, How-To, glitter, Stila, lorac, cat eyes, liquid liners, dreams, hollow cat eyes

One of the only good things about being sick is all of the crazy dreams I’ve been having. Sure, it’s not ideal waking up in a cold sweat because of a dream where a Star Wars-themed article of yours was published before you’d taken any photos (seriously). But for every borderline-bad dream, there’s an inspirational one.

Last week, I dreamed about makeup. And not just any makeup--a hollow cat eye. It was beautiful, unexpected, flattering, perfect. I’m a huge proponent of winged eyeliner, so of course I set about making my dreams into reality. Isn’t that what we all learned from Rocky Horror?

I started out by going big and combining a cat-eye shape with pseudo-cut crease execution. I wanted this to be a complete eye LOOK, not something I needed shadow to complete.

To begin, I drew a thick yet delicate line across my lashes, all the way to the outer corner with my liquid liner. As always, LORAC Front of the Line PRO is my favourite forever, especially when you need to draw very fine lines.

Then I drew a straight line out, angling it upwards to the end of my eyebrow.

Finally, I drew a slightly curved line in along my crease, making it thinner at the free end and thicker where it joined up with the cat-eye flick.

With some mascara--which you always apply after eyeliner--the result was pretty fantastic.

I quite liked how this turned out. It was big and dramatic, but didn’t unbalance the rest of my fairly minimal makeup of pale pink cheeks and pinky-nude lips.

And unlike other liner-heavy looks, this also works incredibly from the side or when you look down.

Kind of futuristic yet retro, no?

But it might be a bit TOO big and dramatic for every day. I decided to do something I almost never do: go smaller. This meant the creation of a hollow cat-eye that erred more on the side of delicacy.

I started by tracing my upper lash line, from tear duct to outer corner. I kept this line as thin as I could, and because LORAC Front of the Line PRO liquid liner has a very fine tip, this was a piece of cake.

Then I drew a straight line from my outer corner towards the end of my brow. To make sure I got these wings right on each side, I drew a tiny dot to let me know where the flick would end. This is one of my best tricks to ensuring both my eyes come out even.

Then I drew a straight line from the dot (and the end of the lower wing) in towards my eyelashes, making sure to join it back up to my lash line.

Not to toot my own horn, but this turned out perfectly. It was exactly what I wanted: bold and graphic, yet delicate. With mascara, it was EVERYTHING.

I can definitely see this relatively subtle look getting A LOT of attention, as it's just different enough to catch people's eyes, but not SO different that you'll constantly be hassled about it.

The best part? There’s a lot of room to customise this hollow cat eye. If you’re like me and think everything’s better with glitter, go for it!

I also really liked this filled in with a contrasting colour. Stila Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Electric is a super vibrant, slightly sparkly green that looks amazing surrounded by a finely painted black border.

I’m getting serious comic book vibes from this, which is only ever a good thing.

So what do you guys think? Are you into the hollow cat-eye? Which way do you think looks the best? I really like it with the silver glitter inside because it maintains the integrity of the hollow style, even though that was also the hardest to photograph. Have you ever dreamed about makeup?