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The Color Blocked Cat Eye and Other Ways to Wing It

While the classic cat eye isn't going anywhere (maybe you’re even going to make it the centerpiece of your Halloween costume), there's no reason you can't mix things up a bit. We called up Melanie Inglessis-Phifer, the LA makeup artist who is known for giving stars like Olivia Wilde and Lea Michele dramatic eyes. She shared her tips for updating the winged look with different colored liners perfect for fall and the impending holiday season.

Bold Blue and Charcoal

To get this color-blocked look, start by drawing a regular cat eye on your top lid with a liquid liner like Cynthia Rowley Beauty’s smudge-proof one in the just-launched Charcoal. Wait for it to dry, then carefully stack a thick line of the designer’s liquid liner in Cobalt (another brand-new addition to the line) above it, following the flick so it sits just above the black one. If you don’t have a lot of lid space, you can just use the blue liner to double under the winged tip portion of the cat eye.

blue

blue

Deep Plum and Gold

This color combo pretty much screams autumn. After applying a neutral shade of shadow to your lids (try All-Star from Cynthia Rowley’s new Game Face Palette), draw a cat eye on your top lid using the designer’s creamy pencil in Plum. (When combining different colored liners, Inglessis-Phifer says to always keep the darker shade closer to your lash line.) With the same pencil in gold, line underneath your eyes, stretching the color from the inner to the outer corners.

gold

gold

Sparkly Black and Silver

Take your night out or holiday party look up a notch with some shimmery metallics. Begin by creating a thick cat eye with Lord and Berry’s Paillettes pencil, an onyx shade with glittery flecks that are subtle but still noticeable. Play off of that glimmering by applying Cynthia Rowley’s pencil in silver along your lower lash line, starting at the inner corner of your eye and stopping halfway to the outer corner. Apply a few coats of black volumizing mascara like ModelCo’s Power Lash Long Wear formula for extra festive effect.

silver

silver

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