The cat eye is an underrated beauty essential that instantly turns any look sexier without trying too hard (just try to picture Sophia Loren or Brigitte Bardot without it). It plays nicely with a bold lip or smoky shadow, but is just as chic on its own. And judging from the looks we've seen at recent fashion week shows, the world's top makeup artists agree.
Proving there's no shortage on creative and fun ways to wear the cat eye, we picked out some of our favorite (and easiest) looks to recreate. This Halloween, whether you're dressing or you just want to add a little drama (or glitter) to your look, we've got the tricks for getting it right.
The Classic Cat
Whether you're new to the world of cat eyes or a seasoned pro, the precise lines Charlotte Tilbury created at Cushnie et Ochs are cat eye perfection. Tilbury's trick here was to line with a pencil like Kevyn Aucoin The Eye Pencil Primatif first (since it's much easier to get the line you want), before tracing over the pencil with a gel liner like Youngblood Incredible Wear Gel Liner for a slick look.
Keep a bottle of makeup remover and some Precision Tip Q Tips handy to clean up any smudging for the sharpest lines possible.
The double lined cat eyes at Carmen Marc Valvo kicked the classic cat eye up a notch, and gave it a more fierce, feline feel. To get the look, concentrate on making your lines as thin as possible, using a narrow tipped liquid eyeliner like Jane Iredale Undefined. Draw on your top line first, then extend the bottom line out the tiniest bit more forward, finishing off with a white shimmery eye shadow on the lids and between your lines.
Get Color Creative
We've been waiting for the perfect moment to try this two-toned bright eye from Cynthia Rowley. All you need to do is draw on two cat eyes to the upper lid, keeping them slightly thinner than you would a traditional cat eye. Start by using a dark blue like By Terry Eyeliner in Blue Vision along the lashline, then use a sky blue shade over top. Apply the same technique to any color creation you can dream up (we happen to think light lilac and punchy violet combo would be killer).
Copying the glitter cat eye from the Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2014 is surprisingly simple. Makeup artist Peter Philips started by creating a thick, classic cat eye on the upper lid using a black liquid liner like then using Chanel Le Crayon Kohl in Noir. For the holographic glitter effect, Philips applied sequins like Make Up For Ever's Crystal Strass using eyelash glue to adhere the appliqués. To finish off the look, curl your lashes and apply two coats of black mascara like Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Multi-Dimensional Mascara -- or go all out with some oversized false lashes, it is Halloween after all.