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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 2021
From thin-tipped liners to liner stamps, we have got one for everyone. Scroll down to check out the 10 best 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 removable wing stencil. This stencil makes drawing a perfect winged cat eye a matter of a few seconds! If you are a pro, you can also use the felt tip liner without the stencil. This versatile eyeliner has a waterproof and smudge-proof formula that lasts all day long without cracking or feeling uncomfortable. It is sweat-resistant and easy on sensitive eyes. It is available in two shades – black and brown.
2. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
This Stila pick is a Byrdie-editor favorite. It’s all thanks to the thin felt tip that’s easy to control, depositing just the right amount of fluid black ink—never too much and never too little. Because of this, and its all-day staying power, it’s been our go-to for creating the perfect cat eye for years.
3. Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner
I saved this liner for last because it’s ergonomic design both fascinated and intimidated me. I wanted it to get the best shot possible at doing its God-given duty. And for my right eye — it delivered! My pointer finger fit in the groove and gave me lots of control while my middle and ring fingers had a nice hook to grasp onto for steady support that pressed into my palm. Perfect, precise wing success! Now, moving onto the left side…things got pretty interesting. Since I’m not ambidextrous, I couldn’t use my left hand to apply. I had to flip the hook upside down and try to apply with my right. It was a near-impossible feat. In the end, I just used it like a regular-shaped pen to apply instead of taking advantage of its unique shape on the left. A 5-star rating for the right side, and a 1-star rating for the left.
4. Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner
With it’s sharp tip but wider nib, this eyeliner pen is perfect for creating a dramatic but neat feline flick in one go. It also contains Eyeko’s signature lash boosting formula, as a nice added bonus.
This jet-black collaboration between Eyeko and British it-gal Alexa Chung is designed to be worn on lash and/or water lines.
5. Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen
Clinique boasts this as its mistake-proof pen. Tapered, the precision brush paints on a deep color from thin to thick, depending on your needs. Plus, it’s 24 hours of promised waterproof and budget-proof power.
The felt-tip eyeliner was shrink wrapped. For INR 1,350 I feel it falls short in the packaging part. Clinique is always best for its skin care as well as makeup products. The eyeliner glides on smoothly and stays on for 5-6 hours. It is jet black, and depending on your application, it gives you thick to thin lines.
I am a huge fan of the Clinique products as they claim to be allergy-free and are 100% fragrance-free. I use it daily and I am happy with it. It gives me a perfect eyeliner in seconds and I don’t even have to wait for it to dry, and the best part is that it gives me a perfectly black liner in one application.
As my eyelid is sensitive, applying any random product could prove to be harmful and cause allergic reactions. I’ve been using this eyeliner for months, and being a person with sensitive skin, I love this eyeliner. You don’t have to tug or pull your eyelids while applying it as it glides FLAWLESSLY on your eyelids.
On my eyelids, it stays on for more than 6 hours with a bit of smudging at the corners of my eyelids. But there is no need for reapplication and it is non-flakey, so you can wear in monsoons too. The only drawback I found was that even after using a makeup remover, I still find some residue on my eyelids, which doesn’t come off even with 2-3 wipes.
6. Haus Laboratories Eye Armor Kit
From Lady Gaga’s makeup line, this genius eyeliner actually involves some sneaky stickers, thanks to Face Lace’s Phyllis Cohen, with whom Haus Laboratories collaborated for this product. The Haus Laboratories Eye Armor Kit comes with a classic matte-black liquid liner that has a fine-point felt tip to create more precise lines. But when it comes time for the winged tip, you don’t have to mess around with the liquid pen. Instead, the kit comes with individual wing stickers that you line up with your upper lash line, stick into place, and connect to your liner using the liquid pen. The stickers are reusable, but Haus Laboratories gives you 10 pairs in total — five pairs of thicker wings and five pairs of elongated wings — so you can switch up your cat eye without compromising on 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 trust me when I say that the low price point does not affect the quality. This water-resistant formula — which Almay says provides protection for up to 16 hours — comes in a black for your edgier cat eyes and brown for a more natural, subtle, swoopy wing. The flex-tip applicator makes applying product simple for even the more inexperienced cat eye enthusiasts among us, and this eyeliner is even dermatologist-tested, making it hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive-eyed folks who may be afraid of getting makeup in their contact lenses. The inkwell design is perfect for those who want to control exactly how much product they’re putting on their brushes, allowing you to customize your cat eye experience to the max.
9. Wet N Wild Megaliner Liquid Eyeliner
Odunsi’s more budget-friendly go-to is this drugstore favorite. “I would definitely say that this is the best liquid liner I’ve tried that costs less than $10,” she explains. “I love the high voltage blue! A great pop to wear with your mask, and goes with pretty much any skin tone. I’ve been experimenting and having fun with color on myself since quarantine. This typically lasts about only about three months, however it still gets my vote on quality, value, color 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
There are two ways to create a cat eye look:
1. Use The Makeup Brush For Outlining
Hold the makeup brush at a 45-degree angle from your nose to the outer corner of the eye.
Put a small dot above the creases on the eyes.
Draw a line and connect the dot to the outer corner of your eye.
Draw another line connecting the dot to the middle of your upper lash line. This is the outline of your cat eye.
Fill this outline.
Extend or adjust the shape of the flick. You can draw a line connecting the inner corner of the eye with the angled flick.
2. Draw Using A Scotch Tape
Stick a piece of scotch tape along the outer corner of your eye.
Draw a thin line from the inner to the outer corner of your eye.
Use the tape as a guide and extend the line from the outer corner of the eye.
Wait a few seconds for the liner to dry and settle. Remove the scotch tape carefully without pulling too hard.
Finish off the cat eye with a coat of mascara, and you are good to go!
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 now feeling less intimidated by the precision and practice a cat eye demands. Before you get started, understand your eye shape, and use any of the eyeliners listed above to perfect that sleek feline flick!