Cateye & Smokey Eye Makeup

!cid_C691501E-1B63-4472-8155-6A070D8FB67BTwo very popular eye makeup looks are the smoky eye and the cateye. We have all seen dramatic versions of these looks on celebrities, on the runway, and in magazines which can be a challenge and time-consuming to duplicate at home.

Below are simplified versions of these techniques which will take less than two minutes to recreate at home.

The smoky eye:

  • Apply a light shadow from lash to brow and side to side, covering the entire eye area.
  • Apply a medium tone shadow on the lid only.. A nice choice is a soft pink. Opt for a medium gray if you are more skilled with makeup.
  • Line the eyes all around with a black eyeliner using short feathery strokes. Don’t stress over it being a straight line. If you need to stretch the skin to get close to the lash line, pull up from the brow rather than stretching the skin to the temple.
  • For a more dramatic look, line the inside of the eyes as well.
  • Using a fine eye makeup blending brush, smudge the black liner upward fading it midway up the lid . This will create the ombre, smoky effect. Smudge the liner unde the eye with the brush.
  • Finish the look with mascara.

The cat-eye:

  • Apply a light shadow from lash to brow and side to side, covering the entire eye area.
  • Apply a medium tone on the lid.
  • Use a blue or gray eyeliner (which is on trend and much easier to work with than black) to line eyes on the top 3/4 of the way in.. getting as close to the lash line as possible.
  • Looking straight ahead, dot the liner about 45 degrees from the outer corner. This is where the eyeliner will end.
  • Connect the dot to the liner already on the upper lash line.
  • Soften and correct any mistakes by layering the same color eyeshadow over the liner with an angled eye makeup brush.
  • Finish the look with mascara.

Keep your cheek and lip colors subtle for maximum eye impact!

Contact me at 401-353-4656 to book a makeup lesson and I will show you how to create these looks for your particular eye shape and features.