Eye makeup – cat eyes

The peak of popularity for cat eye makeup – cat eyes came in the middle of the twentieth century, when makeup artists drew attention to the sensuality of such an image. Bridget Bardot and Sophia Loren are bright representatives, whose eyes were decorated with cat arrows. Today, cat eye makeup also remains the most popular among beauties..


How to do eye makeup – cat eyes

There are a lot of variations of cat eye makeup. But the main principle is one, it is the correction of the shape of the eye due to its visual lengthening and narrowing. Most often this is done with the help of arrows, which are drawn with eyeliner or pencil. Another technique is no less popular: shading with the shadows of the outer eyelid. This is somewhat reminiscent of smoke eyes, but differs from it in a more expressive line. Cat arrows go to absolutely everyone.

Classic makeup – cat’s eye


First you need to even out the skin tone around the eyes. For this we use a concealer.
Apply a base on the eyes, then eye shadow of a neutral shade is better to use matte eye shadow, they visually enlarge the eyes. Highlight the fold of the upper eyelid with a darker shade, choose 1-2 tones darker than your primary color.


Now take a well-sharpened eyeliner. Liquid eyeliner can also be used, but only if you confidently own it. The arrow is drawn in one motion, without tearing the pencil from the upper eyelid. You can start it either from the inner corner of the eye, or from the middle, and end not at the outer corner of the eye, but a little further, raising the arrow up.

The turn of the lower eyelid. We draw an arrow starting from the inner corner of the eye to the outer, and then connect with the upper arrow to get one line.

We paint eyes with ink. To enhance the effect of cat makeup, apply more mascara to the eyelashes located on the outer edge of the eye. Do not forget to stain the lower cilia.


Usually the lower arrow is made slightly thinner than the upper. So the look will not be overloaded with makeup. To achieve this result, you can start cat makeup with the lower arrow, or draw on the upper eyelid with a pencil 2 or 3 times.

Tips for Beginners

For those who decide to do cat eye makeup on their own, we’ll share five basic tips that will help you make it quality.

The hand in which you hold a pencil or eyeliner, rest on the table. If it is on weight, the hand may tremble, and drawing smooth arrows will not work.
When drawing arrows, pull the eyelid a little to make the makeup more perfect.
After drawing the arrows on one eye, sharpen the pencil again.
The arrow should not begin suddenly, abruptly. It should seem to come from the eyelash line.
The closer the arrow is to the inner corner of the eye, the thinner it should be. The line may thicken, approaching the outer edge of the eyelid.


Cat Shadow Makeup

Now that we have an idea of ​​how cat eyes are made, let’s try to make a full-fledged make-up using eye shadow.

Apply a wide brush light shadows on the entire eyelid.
With dark shadows we create a smooth transition from the middle of the century to its outer edge, gradually darkening it.
Open and close your eye several times. See the crease that ends the upper eyelid? We apply dark shadows on it with an applicator. The line should connect to a dark spot on the outer edge of the eyelid.
We apply light shadows on the brow zone, where the eyebrow ends, so that the look will be more open.


We got blurry smoky eyes. To make cat look out of it, you need to add clarity. Take a pencil and draw an arrow on the upper eyelid directly on top of the shadows..
The lower arrow, more subtle and elegant, connects to the upper in the corner of the eye and continues in a smooth line.
If the arrow seems too obvious against the background of the shadows, you can shade it a bit with the applicator.
The finishing touch – paint eyelashes.


Any irregularities and shortcomings can be easily erased with a cosmetic stick dipped in a solution to remove makeup from the eyes. Therefore, do not despair if something does not work out the first time. Be persistent and everything will turn out!

We also suggest watching a video lesson from stunning makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury