The perfect cat-eye makeup is enough to bring your look from ‘blah’ to ‘fierce’ in an instant. But the trick to a perfectly executed cat-eye lies in the tools of the trade. Here are our top eyeliner picks to get you started.
Sephora Velvet Eyeliner Appliques
If you’re a makeup novice, or simply want to try the cat-eye look as a special-night-out makeover, these appliques from Sephora are the perfect solution. The peel-off stickers come ready to apply for instant glamour.
Liquid eyeliner is the best option for cat-eye makeup when you want it to last all day. This formula from Almay has a spongy, easy-to-use applicator, and doesn’t crease or bleed into cream eyeshadows.
A precision-tip liquid eyeliner helps you get a steady line on the first try, without having to go through a dozen q-tips. This NARS liner gives you ultimate control and its fast-drying formula keeps you smudge-free.
Add some sparkle to a cat-eye with this glitter liner from Urban Decay. A thin brush lets you paint small strokes for a precise winged design. Apply one coat for a subtle sparkle, or layer over another eyeliner to really make it pop.
This chubby felt-tip liquid eyeliner allows you to dictate whether you want a bold, thick-lined cat-eye suitable for the runway, or a subtle winged tip. The marker-style eyeliner will keep you crease-free even on the hottest of days.
These Physicians Formula eyeliners are a unique kohl formula (think Indian-inspired eye makeup) and waterproof for long staying power. The thick tip is a perfect fit for dramatic cat-eye makeup. Plus, the trios come in color combinations to enhance your own eye hue.
Don’t let the low price of this eyeliner fool you: The cream formula is high quality! The eyeliner comes with an angled brush to help you apply the cream in the exact shape you want. If you choose to use cream eyeliner for a cat-eye look though, it’s best to use a powder eyeshadow to avoid creasing.
If you prefer a pencil-style eyeliner, this option from L’Oreal will give you a rich, dark color—thanks to the kajal formula—for a sexy cat-eye. Comes with a sharpener so you can use the liner night after night.
For a summer take on the cat-eye look, try creating the line with a pop of color. This turquoise eyeliner is stunning when placed thinly along the lash line. The chisel tip allows you to easily control the thickness of the line.