Friday, 1 August 2014

Super Easy Kitten Eye - An Eyeliner Tutorial

Hello Gorgeous!

I have been getting so many requests to do a step by step eyeliner tutorial. So here I am, at your service!

The thing with any eyeliner look is that its result is utterly dependent on your eye shape. That's not to say you can't do a certain kind of eyeliner, but we're talking about "working" with what you've got and enhancing it.

Personally, it took me years and years of practice to learn how to do eyeliner properly (or at least I hope I do it properly!). I went through tons of formulations and lots of different types of eyeliner looks to find the one that works for me and now this is pretty much what I stick to.

I have small-ish, quite round eyes and so my aim is to make them look larger and more almond shaped. 

This tutorial is for a day time eyeliner, where the flick is smaller and less prominent- hence the name KITTEN eye. In my opinion, the CAT eye is more of an evening/night time look as the flick is further elongated.

I will be using Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Black. This has a cream/gel formulation and I find that this is easier to work with because it isn't completely liquid and doesn't set straight away. This is beneficial because you have enough time to play around with it before it sets but it isn't watery and doesn't feather everywhere if you're a little shaky.

Enough talking, let's get started!

1. Create a fairly thin/medium line across the top lash line. I have kept the thickness of the line even all the way across the lid. It helps if you rest your elbow on a flat surface at a comfortable level and apply the liner looking down in to a mirror. That way you're hand in less prone to shaking.

2. I normally don't do this, but for beginners, it is a great idea to grab a piece of tape and stick it to the back of your hand a few times to remove some of the adhesive and use it as a stencil for your flick.

3. Follow your bottom lash line and stick the tape in line with where you want your flick to be. Following the natural contour of your bottom lash line allows the flick to be mapped out according to your eye shape and thus creates a more natural look.

4. Use the side of the tape to draw your flick. Rest the head of the brush/pen against the tape and paint away! You can have the flick go up as high as you want towards the tail of your brow. I kept mine fairly small as this is a day time Kitten eye look.

5. Join the tail of your flick with a straight line to the middle of your eyelid.

6. Fill in the sparse area once you are happy with the shape.

7. Remove the tape to reveal a perfectly aligned Kitten eye flick!

8. Mimic a smaller flick on the inner corner to elongate your eye. Avoid this step if you have close set eyes.

9. Finish off with lashings of mascara and you're good to go!

I hope this tutorial was helpful to those of you who have trouble applying eyeliner. Thank you for stopping by! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Keep smiling!