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A Cat-Eye with a Twist

[EDIT: I originally said that the eye marker featured in this post was by e.l.f. when it’s actually by NYX. I apologize for any confusion. I’ve changed it in the post now so it’s correct! That’ll teach me to try to blog without my glasses on again. *facepalm*]

I have no idea what’s come over me lately, but I’ve been full of inspiration. Last night I had the urge to draw for the first time in ages and had to hunt down my pencils and sketchbook. Tonight I became inspired by my new NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker.

I had been dying to try a felt-tip eyeliner, but I wanted to test out a cheapie before splurging on a higher-end one. I bought Revlon’s version a while back, but it was so dry that I couldn’t get it to draw onto my lid consistently. NYX’s version is much better, but it’s still not as rich and black as I’d like. I do love the ease of the felt tip rather than a traditional liquid liner brush though. It’s much easier to control and the formula isn’t as wet as the liquid liners I own so I don’t have to worry nearly as much about accidentally smudging my perfectly applied line.

I love doing winged out liner for a cat-eye look, but for some reason I prefer darkening my bottom lash line instead of the top. In case you’re new to the world of makeup, a typical cat-eye is a winged-out line along the upper lash line that generally gets thicker as it moves towards the outer corner of the eye. Temptalia has a great tutorial on how to create a traditional cat-eye here. For a twist, I flipped the look so my thick winged out line is on the bottom lash line instead.

[Author’s note: I cropped the crap out of these photos because I only did one eye. I didn’t want to apply a full face of makeup only to have to remove it for bed a couple of hours later. So get ready for LOTS of pictures of my right eye! =D Also, I get a lot of comments on my eyes so hopefully you can see my eye color a bit better in these photos? They’re blue with gold flecks, so they often show up green in photos. It’s weird, but they look blue in real life.]
Eye closed, not too spectacular looking. Until...
Eye closed, not too spectacular looking. Until…



  • What I used:
    • NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker in Carbon Black
    • MAC eyeshadows in Short Shorts and Mystery.
    • Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Espresso (from the Tortoise Shell palette in Bronze)
    • L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black (applied this morning, so it’s not quite as perky as it should be! Excuse the minor flaking…)
    • Angled brow brush
    • MAC 217 brush


  • How I created this look:
    • I began with the lower lash line, since it’s the most difficult part of the look. I started in the middle and worked my way out on both sides. I kept the line thinner and pointed towards the inner corner of the eye and thickened it and winged it out towards the outer corner. Then I went back and filled it in up to the water line on the outer corner. I kept the line a bit below the water line on the inner corner.
    • Then I tight-lined the top lash line on the outer 2/3 of the lid, connecting it to the winged-out portion of the lower lash line.
    • I went over the entire lid, brow bone, and inner corner of the eye with MAC Short Shorts, and then applied MAC Mystery to the crease and outer corner of the lid. This was all done with a MAC 217 brush.
    • To darken up my brows, which anchored the heavy lower lash line, I used Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Espresso with my angled brow brush.

I had such a blast with this little experiment of mine and I think I’d definitely wear this for a night out with a nude (or maybe even red!) lip. I think it’s different and interesting without looking too terribly strange.

What do you think? Would you wear this look? Also, do you have any recommendations for good felt-tip eyeliners? I’m thinking about trying MAC’s Penultimate.
Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

About Kayla

A small-town girl with an itty bitty wild side. I love makeup, fashion, travel, movies, hiking, coffee, and my Kindle.

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