I love the look of crisp black cat eyeliner…
And that’s not just because I’m a card-carrying CCL (although I admit that’s a contributing factor).
I just think it’s timeless, elegant and pretty much goes with everything.
Still, sometimes, like when Tabs is threatening to shred my ankles if I don’t immediately drop everything I’m doing to prepare his morning gravy, I’m not in the mood to concentrate and fuss over getting those jagged edges crisp and clean.
So, what’s a liner-loving cat lady to do when she wants a cool cat eyeliner look but doesn’t have the wherewithal to fret over getting sharp, crisp lines?
Answer: incorporate a black powder eyeshadow into her cat eyeliner routine by following these five easy steps.
1. Now we’re gel-ing!
When I do this trick, which is a path to a softer, easier cat eyeliner look, I start by lining my eyes with gel liner using an angled liner brush, and the way it turns out, you can probably see that the edges could use some extra refining.
2. Clean that brush
Gotta make sure my tools are in tip-top shape for this next part, so before smoothing out the edges I created in step one, I clean the same angled liner brush I just used by swiping it across a paper towel to remove any excess product.
3. Loading zone
Next, I load the brush with a black powder eyeshadow, and tap the head against something (like the side of the sink, or I’ll just tap it with my finger) to remove some of the excess and any little wayward bits.
Products I used for these pics…
- Gel liner — Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black
- Black eyeshadow — NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Sycorax
- Angled eyeliner brush — NARS Angled Eyeliner Brush 47
4. Bristling with powder
If I can see any wayward bits or heavy areas of powder on the brush, I work the shadow into the bristles better by making little circles on the back of my hand with the brush, which prevents that extra eyeshadow from dropping down on my cheeks, and also makes for an overall smoother application.
5. Run! Run!
Finally, I run the now-loaded brush along the edge of the black liner to smooth it out, and if I feel like it, also use the shadow to extend the flick at the end.
If need be, I’ll add another layer or two, but most of the time one is enough.
The end result? A kinder, gentler (read: easier) cat liner look that’s definitely not as crisp as if I’d spent the time dutifully perfecting the edges with gel liner…but it still gets the point across.
Incidentally, this trick works with liquid liner, too.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,