July 21, 2011

Guest Post - how to do the purrfect cat eye

I love a good cat eye look, so sleek, so dramatic... but I'm a bit hopeless with my eyeliner and can never achieve the perfect cat eye look. The gorgeous Maryam though, of Fix Your Face by Maryam Maquillage blog does the perfect cat eye every single time. Here are some of my favourite looks of hers, which I stole from her blog (with her permission of course!)

Maryam was kind enough to agree to my request to do a How To post on achieving the purrfect cat eye (pun intended!). Over to you Maryam.

Hello makeup-and-macarooners :)))

My name is Maryam Maquillage and as a fellow beauty blogger I'm extremely excited to guest star on Makeup-and-Macaroons, one of my favorite beauty blogs in aaall the blogosphere!!! Collaborating with other bloggers is extremely important to our beauty / makeup  community since we're all very different and have individual talents. Today, I'm showing my version of the "Cat Eye" makeup and I hope you enjoy my little tips and tricks ;))

Forget what you've heard about the Cat Eye, I'm here to set the record straight--Cat eyeliner flatters every single eye shape and is extremely wearable. This look is great for beginners and masters alike and can be as simple or as dramatic as your heart desires. It also happens to be my go-to makeup look for every day and is my favorite easy "glam-me-up". So, if you haven't already tried it, I will walk you through it and together we shall embrace the power of the meow!!! Without further adieu, I present to you the Cat-eye, purrfect for every day-school, work, play, whatever. Enjoy!!!


Maryam Maquillage

THE LOOK: To achieve the Cat eye is easiest with a gel or cream liner, though the look is often enhanced with eyeshadow. For the sake of simplicity, I'll focus just on the liner for today's post :)) The "Cat" qualities of this look have to do with the angle that the eyeliner wing extends outwards and the precision of the line. If you look at the eyes of the kitty in my pictures, his bottom "lashline" goes up at a 45 degree angle, so basically, in recreating this look, we're trying to "lift" the outer corners of our eyes up to 45 degrees. Sounds easy?? it is :))

THE TOOLS: Black cream or gel liner and an angled liner brush. As always, I use my Clinique cream liner in True Black. It comes with a tiny brush, but I don't recommend using it for application... I use it for touchups only. For beginners, you might also need a gray or light brown pencil or shadow, just for guiding.
Clinique Brush-On Cream Eye Liner .17 oz Boxed, True Black 02

THE STEPS: Because my lids are super oily, I use a dab of Primer Potion even for an eyeliner application. I put two dots--one on the outer corner and another on the middle of my top lash line and spread it across and under the eye with my finger. If your lids are normal to dry, you can go ahead and skip this preliminary step.
  1. With your gray or light brown pencil or shadow, draw a light thin line from the middle of your bottom lash line to the outer corner and extending the line at the same angle. If your bottom lash line does not naturally curve up, this is where you will have to fake the angle :)
  2. Take some black liner onto your brush (not too much--this look is buildable) and trace or "sharpen" just the outer wing you drew with the pencil. Keep the line fine, and stop about 3-8 mm from the outer corner. My outer wing is usually about 5 mm, but yours can be longer if your eyes are bigger.
  3. Take some more color on your brush and draw a very thin line from the center of your top lash line to the start of your outer wing. If you're using a fine brush, you can just dab the color into your lashes. 
  4. The line has to be thinnest in the center of your eye (at the start of the eyeliner) and gradually get thicker towards the wing. If you're not comfortable drawing it freehand, take an index card (or an envelope--put those bills to good use!!) and place it slightly above your lash line, connecting the center to the edge of the outer wing. Fill it in and you're done!!!

Add some mascara to your top lashes :))

Rim the bottom waterline with a nude or beige pencil

Take a cotton swap and clean the line if you have to

Before coffee...

And you're done!

Thank you Maryam for your wonderful step by step instructions! I hope everyone found the instructions helpful, I know I did! And if you haven't yet checked out Maryam's blog, what are you waiting for?

Have you mastered the cat eye?


  1. A M A Z I N G ! ! !
    Thank you Lilit and Maryam for an AMAZING collaboration with a super great tutorial that I can not wait to try!
    I have bookmarked this page and I guarantee that I will be trying this out on the weekend.
    (fingers crossed it turns out as great as Maryam's :))

    Thank you again to my 2 favourite bloggers ♥


  2. OMG I LOVE IT! How gorgeous! So wearing this tomorrow!!!!

  3. Awesome tutorial! I am absolutely hopeless at eye make up, especially liner, but you've inspired me to give this another go :)

  4. I love the idea of a guest blogger.. It's a nice way to share the love and show support..

    VERY helpful steps indeed! A cat eye is so crucial!!! Love it!

    Thanks you guys! xoxo

  5. Looks brilliant! And so easy too

  6. Great tutorial! Some day I will master the cat eye, but I'm definitely not there yet!

  7. Her blog is fabulous! :) Love the winged liner!

  8. Perfect cat eye!! There isn't a day that goes by where I don't at least do a little wing on my liner (but not always the "full cat") I just don't feel right without it!

  9. woah, this lady is super pretty! going to her blog for sure! thanks!

  10. Thanks everyone, I'm so glad you enjoyed Maryam's tutorial. I'm definitely putting her tips to good use this weekend and trying to do the cat eye for sure!


  11. x3 This is a popular topic recently and I've been putting all of them to good use. As you know, my eyeliner skills are MEGA fail. I WILL LEARN FROM YOU ALL!

  12. Great post...bookmarked it to read it again



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