Cashmere turtlenecks, suede boots and fresh gloves are back-to-school rites of passage—but for true beauty obsessives (guilty!), there’s nothing quite like the excitement of unwrapping a fresh new eyeliner, full of promise for the season ahead. That little tube or kohl pencil is especially important this season as the Fall 2016 runways were overflowing with every imaginable variation of dramatically rimmed eye. Whether it was colour-blocked lids at Dior, inky pigment along the socket at Oscar de la Renta or crosshatched, bespeckled lids that ran from lash line to brow chez Chanel, the graphic eye conveyed show-stopping impact.
That said, an exaggerated outside-the-lines swoosh on the runway does not a real life look make. That’s why we came up with a dramatic—yet totally doable—take on the trend in the form of an updated double line cat-eye. It still makes a major statement, but with a soft side. Follow this step-by-step guide below—it’s for your eyes, only!
- Start by prepping the eyelids with an eye primer like Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer. This will ensure you end up with a flawless effect that lasts all day.
- Take a liquid liner like Lancôme Grandiôse Liner, and apply all along the top lash line like you normally would, taking note of the shape of the eyes and visualizing where you want to draw the feline flick.
- Then, beginning just beyond the outermost corner of the eye, draw the wing tip on an inward angle. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; you can always use a cotton swab to fix any imperfections. To get even more daring, add the second parallel line just below the flick that connects to the lower lash line leaving them open-ended.