Cat Eyes: How To Do The Perfect Feline Flick

14/08/2014 16:37 | Updated 22 May 2015

Whether you can't live without eyeliner or you never touch the stuff, there's no denying that a cat eye flick is always chic. Would Audrey Hepburn's Breakfast at Tiffany's be the same without her black eyeliner?

The good news for fans of Audrey's signature style is that the iconic Sixties eye makeup is a super hot trend this season. And when it comes to cat eyes, it's not just about going retro either.


From the dramatic smoky grey eyes at Lanvin to the pop of ice blue at Dior, this season's cat-eye look is definitely versatile - it's time to have fun with liner, whether it's liquid or kohl, subtle or statement.

So - before the experimenting starts, how do you get the perfect cat-eye? We asked Mac's Senior Aritst Rebecca Butterworth to take us through the steps:

1. Start with a good base to stop the eyeliner moving or transferring, I like to use a cream-powder eye shadow like MAC Paintpot in Painterly.

2. Keep your eyes open and looking straight ahead into a mirror, put a little dot of eyeliner where you want your flicks to end. For a flattering angle, imagine a line extending from your last lash towards your temple: that's the line your flicks will follow. Stop the line where it hits your eye-socket bone.

3. Grab an angle brush to apply your liquid liner. The MAC #266 brush teamed with MAC Fluidline, in a colour of your choice are perfect partners in crime. Put the point of the #266 brush right where you drew your little dots and gently pull it back towards the corner of the eye. D the same on the other side, if you do your flicks first you can check for symmetry and make any corrections without messing up the rest of the eyeliner.

4. Once you're happy with the position of the flicks, go in and fill in the rest of the eyeliner. Don't worry if they're not perfect, a cotton bud dipped in makeup remover is your best friend here! Pull it from the corner of your eye towards your temple and this will create a lovely clean line along the feline flicks.

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