I’ve been obsessed with the winged eyeliner look since I was 16. It was the summer I saw Zooey Deschanel in 500 Days of Summer and fell in love – with her. As my ultimate girl crush, I modelled myself on her cute-yet-cruel character in the film, wearing everything from peter pan collars to skater dresses, dyeing my hair dark, and doing my makeup as best I could to match hers.
While my style has evolved since then, my love of cat eye makeup hasn’t waned. It’s a classic look that’s stood the test of time. From Cleopatra to 40’s pin-up girls, Brigitte Bardot to Twiggy, it’s been a hallmark of a strong, sexy woman.
My Favourite Cat Eye Cosmetics
Over the years, my technique and my products to create cat eyes have changed. Since moving to natural cosmetics, I’ve found my eyes are less sore when I wash my makeup off too. Here’s how I do my eyes, and the products I swear by:
To start the look, I like to tame my eyebrows. I have naturally bushy brows, but over-plucking in school has definitely made them a work in progress. First, I’ll brush them with a brow brush, just to get them tidy and clean. Next, it’s onto gel – Dr Hauschka’s Brow Gel is a clear, soft-holding mascara that works really well.
Finally, I fill in my brows by dipping my pinky finger in the dark brown shadow from my Ere Perez Palette, and softly dabbing it on the fullest parts of my brow. The effect is really subtle, so if you want something more intense, use a brush instead.
The combination is a little pricey, so if you want something simpler, try a dab of BYBI Beauty’s Babe Balm for a dewy look.
Eyeliner is the key component of this look, so it’s a good idea to work out what you’re best at applying. Personally, liquid eye liner is the easiest for me, and PHB Beauty’s Black Liner has to be the best natural liner by far.
When I apply my liner, I start at the inner corner of my eye, running a tiny line across my lid as close to the eyelashes as possible. I then go over this, and thicken the line as it gets closer to my outer corner. I used to make the rookie mistake of painting on a thin flick, but instead I now make a blunt edge on the outer corner of my eye, and fill accordingly. This video demonstrates it perfectly.
Finally, it’s onto lashes. I like big, bold lashes to go accompany my cat eyes, and the best natural mascara for that has to be Dr Hauschka’s Volumising Mascara. This stuff packs a punch!
I start my curling my eyelashes with a regular curler – make sure your liner is dry first – and then quickly brushing through the mascara wand. For nights out, I’ll go over this a few times to really increase the volume and effect. I also like to dab a little on my bottom lashes for an added pop.
Bonus: Eye makeup remover
As someone who’s been wearing this look for a good few years now, I can’t express how important a good eye makeup remover is. When I’m done for the day, I start by applying some Dr Hauschka Eye Makeup Remover to a reusable cotton round, and swipe my makeup off. I try to use gentle, fluid motions across my eyelids, and then wash my whole face with Trilogy Cleansing Cream and hot water.