Here’s how to create a classic cat eye:
Cover the entire eyelid with neutral matte eye shadows. The Meet Matt(e) collection by The Balm ($34.50) contains nine colors, including Matt Smith (a light beige), Matt Gallagher (taupe) and Matt Ramirez (dark stone), used on our model.
Apply black cream eyeliner with a pinpoint eyeliner brush to the upper and lower water lines (inside lashes) of your eyelids. Makeup artist Jamie Reed, who works at Beauty Brands on the Country Club Plaza, used Smashbox Jet Set ($22).
Define the shape with a pen eyeliner. The narrowest part of the “wing” should be at the inner eye, increasing in width when aligned with pupils. Make sure wing tips (end of swoosh) angle toward brow edges. Reed used Stila Intense Black Stay All Day eyeliner ($22).
Top off with perfection gel, using it heaviest on the outer corners of the lashes. Reed used Per-fekt in Flash ($28.50).
For added drama, keep your lips pale. Reed used Too Faced Perfectly Nude liner ($17), Too Faced lipstick in Naked Dolly ($21) and just a touch of shimmer with Smashbox lip gloss in Illume ($18).