I’m not normally one of New Years Resolutions, but if it’s improving my makeup skills and trying new products… I’m in! Foschini challenged me to think of beauty resolution and I thought it was time I finally master the cat eye flick. I’ve worn a ‘baby’ flick quite often but I’ve never felt confident doing a dramatic cat eye. My Master Cat Eye Flick Kit was made up of Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer in White and Medium, Urban Decay Naked 3 and Smashbox Photo Finish Pure Pigment Gel Liner in Jet Black.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is a heavy-weight primer, it really makes the shadows pop and lasts for hours. Usually, my eyelids tend to suck up pigments really fast but between this primer and the high-quality shadows, I don’t have to touch up as often. I was very excited to finally try a Naked Palette and it lived up to every expectation I had. I used Stange on the brow bone and inner corner, cover the entire lid with Limit and used Nooner to define my crease. I also did a slight shadow just under my waterline with Factory and used Dust as an inner corner as a highlight. This all worked as a really good base for Smashbox’s Photo Angle Pure Pigment Gel Liner.
The applicator is a flexible angled tip and you control the amount of the creamy gel that comes out. It glides on really easily and doesn’t budge once it’s on. I have always struggled to take eyeliner to the very inner corner of the eye, it usually feathers. This formula doesn’t which meant I could get a thicker line that extended and looked the way I’ve always wanted my cat eye flicks to turn out.
Here are my top tips to master the cat eye flick:
- Extend your pinkie finger slightly and gently rest it on your cheek. You can use it to swivel your hand smoothly. It’s much easier to guide the eyeliner this way, then when your hand is hovering in the air.
- This applicator is incredible but it does need to be used differently than traditional dip liners, eyeliner brushes and felt tip liners. The general advice is to start at the outer corner of the eyelid and draw a line almost on top of the lashes to get a line that tapers at the inner corner. This is because brushes create drag where they are initially placed, so those lines start thick then get thin. With this applicator, I found starting at the inner corner and drawing outwards was better.
- To get the right angle for your cat eye, use your lower lash line as a guide. You want to mimic the angle of the outer edge of your lower lashes and extend it to your desired length. Figure this out before drawing your flick.
- Start where you want the flick to end, place the applicator there and connect to the edge of the line across your upper lash line. Then carefully fill in the gap between these two lines.
- To clean up, I used a pointed earbud dipped in a tiny amount of makeup remover (mine is an oil which helped) then filled in any eyeshadow that had shifted where needed.
- Take a deep breathe and congratulate yourself before putting on your mascara. Give a sassy side-eye to anyone who asks why you’re running late.
Products were provided by Foschini in exchange for this post.