The Secret Trick to Nailing the Perfect Cat-Eye

Let’s face it: For those of us without steadfast, surgeon-like hands or a professional makeup crew on call, inky, jet-black liner is intimidating. One false tug is all it takes is to go from feline flick to Amy Winehouse superfan. But before you breakup with the look altogether, consider this: With the right tool—and technique, of course—creating a cat-eye is actually easy. You’ll be a believer too once you try Benefit’s brand new They’re Real! Push-Up Liner. The first ever gel formula inside a pen applicator, this wunderkind liner combines the precision of a traditional gel with the ease of a pen applicator. Even more impressive, the geniuses at Benefit spent five years developing the patent-pending AccuFlex pen tip, which is engineered specifically to hug your lashline. Because it’s so goofproof, the liner can be used a myriad of different ways, but we tried it out with one of our favorite makeup artist tricks and saw major success. Behold: The easiest cat-eye you’ll ever create.

Step by Step

Step 1:

The goal here is sleek and sultry—not I-just-watched-a-Nicholas-Sparks-movie-marathon sloppy. To that end, get the perfect canvas for your dramatic eyeliner with Benefit’s Stay Don't Stray primer. It adds a light wash of nude pigment that conceals darkness and makes you look instantly more awake. Best of all, the formula ensures that your liner will stay put. Dust on a light shimmery shadow to really make eyes pop.

Step 2:

Holding the liner tip vertical to your lashline, trace a thin line out from the outer corner of your eye. The line should point upwards towards the tip of your brow and stop right underneath your crease. Tip: Follow your lower waterline to help guide placement.

Step 3:

Next, draw a line back toward the middle of your lid. You should create a small V-shape at the edge of your eye.

Step 4:

Then, starting near your tear duct, draw a slim straight line above your upper lash line until it connects with your V. Now pat yourself on the back because the tricky part is over.

Step 5:

Go back and fill in your outlines with color.

Step 6:

Finish with two coats of long-lasting mascara. Play matchy-matchy by opting for Benefit’s original They’re Real! Mascara. The smooth formula glides on easily, while the unique definition-enhancing brush lifts and separates each and every lash.

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