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There isn’t an occasion for which a classic cat eye doesn’t suit. But sadly, creating said cat eye is easier than said done. While practice is undeniably the best way to nail down your technique, it’s also important to make sure you’re using the right tools. In this case, that’s your best eyeliners for cat eye — the right pen (or pencil) can make all the difference.
Top 10 best eyeliners for cat eye in 2022
We have something for everyone, from thin-tipped liners to liner stamps. Scroll down to see the top ten eyeliners for a cat eye look.
1. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Flash Cat Eye
The L’Oreal Paris Infallible Flash Cat Eye is a regular felt tip liner with a wing stencil that can be removed. It only takes a few seconds to draw a perfect winged cat eye with this stencil! You can also use the felt tip liner without the stencil if you’re a pro. This multipurpose eyeliner has a waterproof and smudge-proof formula that will last all day without cracking or feeling uncomfortable. It is sweat-resistant and gentle on the eyes. It comes in two colours: black and brown.
2. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
This Stila pick is a favourite of Byrdie editors. It’s all thanks to the thin felt tip, which is easy to control and deposits just the right amount of fluid black ink—never too much or too little. Because of this, as well as its all-day wearability, it has long been our go-to for creating the perfect cat eye.
3. Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner
This liner was saved for last because its ergonomic design both intrigued and intimidated me. I wanted it to have the best chance possible at carrying out its divine mandate. And it delivered for my right eye! My pointer finger fit into the groove and provided excellent control, while my middle and ring fingers had a nice hook to grasp onto for steady support that pressed into my palm. Wing success! Perfect, precise wing success! Moving to the left side…things started to get interesting. I couldn’t apply with my left hand because I’m not ambidextrous. I had to turn the hook upside down and apply it with my right hand. It was an almost impossible feat. In the end, I just applied it like any other pen, rather than taking advantage of its unique shape on the left. The right side received a 5-star rating, while the left received a 1-star rating.
4. Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner
This eyeliner pen, with its sharp tip but wider nib, is ideal for creating a dramatic but neat feline flick in one stroke. As an added bonus, it includes Eyeko’s signature lash boosting formula.
This jet-black collaboration from Eyeko and British it-girl Alexa Chung is meant to be worn on the lash and/or water lines.
5. Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen
Clinique touts this as its error-proof pen. The precision brush is tapered and paints on a deep colour from thin to thick, depending on your needs. Furthermore, it provides the promised waterproof and budget-proof power for 24 hours.
The felt-tip eyeliner was individually shrink wrapped. For INR 1,350, I believe it falls short in terms of packaging. Clinique’s skin care and makeup products are always the best. The eyeliner applies smoothly and lasts for 5-6 hours. It is jet black and produces thick to thin lines depending on your application.
Clinique products are my favourite because they claim to be allergy-free and fragrance-free. I use it on a daily basis and am pleased with it. It gives me a perfect eyeliner in seconds without having to wait for it to dry, and the best part is that it gives me a perfectly black liner in one application.
Because my eyelids are sensitive, using any random product could be harmful and cause allergic reactions. I’ve been using this eyeliner for months, and as someone with sensitive skin, I love it. Because it glides FLAWLESSLY on your eyelids, you don’t have to tug or pull them while applying it.
It stays on my eyelids for more than 6 hours, with a little smudging at the corners. However, there is no need for reapplication, and it is non-flakey, so you can wear it during the monsoon season as well. The only disadvantage I discovered was that even after using a makeup remover, I still found some residue on my eyelids that didn’t come off with 2-3 wipes.
6. Haus Laboratories Eye Armor Kit
This genius eyeliner from Lady Gaga’s makeup line actually involves some sneaky stickers, thanks to Face Lace’s Phyllis Cohen, with whom Haus Laboratories collaborated on this product. The Haus Laboratories Eye Armor Kit includes a classic matte-black liquid liner with a fine-point felt tip for more precise line application. When it comes to the winged tip, however, you don’t have to fiddle with the liquid pen. Instead, the kit includes individual wing stickers that you align with your upper lash line, stick into place, and then connect to your liner with the liquid pen. The stickers are reusable, but Haus Laboratories provides you with ten pairs in total — five pairs of thicker wings and five pairs of elongated wings — so you can change up your cat eye without sacrificing accuracy.
7. NYX Professional Makeup Matte Liquid Liner
The annoying thing about having oily skin is that it can be really freakin’ hard to get your makeup to stay on your face, eyeliner included. This liquid eyeliner, though, is the answer to your prayers—it dries down to a matte finish that stays on your lids all day (and night) long.
8. Almay Liquid Eyeliner
This potted liquid liner from Almay is by far the cheapest item on our list, but believe me when I say that the low price does not detract from the quality. This water-resistant formula, which Almay claims provides up to 16 hours of protection, is available in black for edgier cat eyes and brown for a more natural, subtle, swoopy wing. The flex-tip applicator makes product application simple for even the most inexperienced cat eye enthusiasts, and this eyeliner has even been dermatologist-tested, making it hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive-eyed people who are concerned about getting makeup in their contact lenses. The inkwell design is ideal for those who want to control exactly how much product is applied to their brushes, allowing you to fully customise your cat eye experience.
9. Wet N Wild Megaliner Liquid Eyeliner
This drugstore favourite is Odunsi’s more affordable go-to. “I would definitely say that this is the best liquid liner under $10 that I’ve tried,” she says. “I really like the high voltage blue!” It’s a great pop to wear with your mask and goes with almost any skin tone. Since quarantine, I’ve been experimenting and having fun with colour on myself. This usually lasts about three months, but it still gets my vote for quality, value, colour, and price.”
Urban Decay has an enormous fan club behind its 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, so it’s no surprise that the brand can craft a damn good long-wearing liquid liner, too. In addition to its staying power, Allure staffers love its intensity — it is black. Thankfully, it has a flexible brush tip so it’s easy to apply without making a mess.
How To Create The Perfect Cat Eyes With An Eyeliner
A cat eye look can be achieved in two ways:
1. Use The Makeup Brush For Outlining
Make a 45-degree angle with your makeup brush from your nose to the outer corner of your eye.
Apply a small dot of concealer above the creases of the eyes.
Draw a line from the dot to the outside corner of your eye.
Connect the dot to the middle of your upper lash line with another line. This is the shape of your cat’s eye.
Fill this outline.
Extend or modify the flick’s shape. Draw a line from the inner corner of the eye to the angled flick.
2. Draw Using A Scotch Tape
Apply a strip of scotch tape to the outside corner of your eye.
Make a thin line from the inside to the outside corner of your eye.
Extend the line from the outer corner of the eye using the tape as a guide.
Allow the liner to dry and settle for a few seconds. Remove the scotch tape slowly and carefully without yanking too hard.
Finish the cat eye with a coat of mascara and you’re done!
Tip: In case you messed up a line, dab it with a pointed cotton swab dipped in makeup remover and adjust the eyeliner.
We hope you are no longer intimidated by the precision and practise required for a cat eye. Before you begin, determine your eye shape and use any of the eyeliners listed above to achieve a sleek feline flick!