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Now that you’ve mastered winged liner, it’s time to get catty with your liquid liner. We break down three edgy variations of the classic cat-eye.
Consider graphic cat-eye liner as the LBD of the makeup world. It will never go out of style, can be worn in countless ways and always looks chic, no matter the eye shape. When mastered, an artfully-drawn-on winged liner can elongate your eyes, accentuate your features and create a fierce look.
However, there’s a learning curve (pun intended) to mastering the art of feline flicks, which makes it one of the most feared makeup styles. But an artist is only as good as her tools, and when you’re not working with quality products, it can leave you feeling frustrated—or like a total failure.
Besides practice, a major component to achieving a successful cat-eye liner look is a long-lasting, smudge-proof, super-smooth, highly pigmented liquid liner that won’t dare bleed. Enter L’Oréal Paris Flash Cat Eye Liner. This liner pen has a brush tip and comes with a stencil that’s built into the cap, which is an excellent winged eyeliner hack. The guide is shaped like a triangle with a single-size cut-out for a wing, or you can use the other flat sides to create a straight line.
Once you have some practice painting on the universally loved winged liner—with the right tools—consider mixing things up. Over the past few fashion seasons, the runways have shown us countless ways to be creative with liquid liner. Here are our favourite new takes on the classic makeup look and how to apply them using liquid eyeliner.
Punctuate your liner
If you adore graphic winged liner, try dropping a dot beneath each eye. The small circles add a touch of whimsy to your liner look while making your eyes seem bigger and brighter in a way that’s subtler than you might expect.
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The floating crease
When you hit the refresh button on the classic crease eyeliner trend (which hearkens back to the ’60s) and add a New Age spin, you’ll discover the floating crease. Tutorials of this fresh and minimal iteration are sweeping Instagram and YouTube. We love it because it’s graphic and simple, not heavily blended and layered.
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If you’re looking for something a little edgier, try your hand at a negative space cat-eye. This look is all about creating the outline of a cat-eye without filling in the lines.
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