Thursday, June 2, 2011

Kitty Talk: Extreme Cat Eye...Meow!

This look is by request of one of my many readers Shannon Thornton.  I'm always trying to think of creative beauty looks to do for my site.  If you have a request feel free to email me (cj@makeupnotdown.com) and I'll do my best to accommodate my readers with a tutorial.  Shannon requested that I do a "cat eye."  I've done a lot of cat eyes, and I must say it's a popular makeup technique that is extremely difficult.  I added a little variation to the style by giving it a smokey effect.  See my interpretation of the look and find out what I used below.


Eyes:
Espresso eye shadow - Comb out the brows with a clean mascara wand.  Then fill in the eyebrows with an angle brush.  Just follow your natural brow shape.  Remember to brush the shadow upwards.

Groundwork Paint Pot – Apply on the inner, middle, and outer part of lid.  This is a neutral base that is going to make the eye shadow stick to the lid and also allow the color to show brightly.  Make sure to blend out the paint with a blending brush so that it's not too thick on the lid.

All That Glitters eye shadow - Over top of Groundwork paint pot in the inner half of lid only pat and pack the color on.                                                                                                                                    
Embark eye shadow - On the outer crease work the color in with a 217 blending brush in an outer V formation.

Blacktrack Fluidline Eye liner gel - *artistic part*  Start by lining the root of your lashes.  Line from the inner part of your eye to the outer.  Stop where your pupil ends and slant the line up towards the end of the brow as much as you want.  Don't be afraid to be dramatic.  The key is to make the line as close to the lash line as possible.  You can go back later and make it fatter if you want.

Smolder eye khol pencil – Line the waterline and lower lash line.  Then take a 219 pencil brush and smudge smolder eye khol pencil on the lower lash line.


Lashes:
Duo Lash Adhesive- needed for false lash application

False lashes (#7) - Apply mascara as you normally would.  This will help mend and blend your real and false lashes together.  Trim the false lash to fit your eye if needed.  Then squeeze a THIN strip of eye lash glue to the base of the false lash.  Pick up the lashes with tweezers and bring it as close to your natural lash line as possible.  Press on either end and hold until lashes dry.


Face:
NC45 Studio Fix Fluid Foundation - My favorite foundation at the moment.  Apply with a 187 brush and start from the center of your face and blend out. 

Mineralize Skinfinish Powder (over top of the foundation) - Use the same 187 brush and apply all over your face.  This will set your foundation and you won't look like a ghost in pictures.

Peachtwist Sheertone Shimmer Blush - Apply to the apples of your cheek. (I like to apply a little to my temples too)  Make sure to smile while your doing it :)

Blot Powder Pressed - Dust it over the oily spots with a large powder brush and you are good to go.  If you are a MAC fanatic like me use the150 brush or the puff that comes inside the compact.


Lips:
Cremestick Liner Beurre - Trace your actual lip line.  If you don't have a steady hand lay the lip liner down and drag it on the side.  Fill in your corners and blend with a lip brush or your finger.

Cremesheen Glass Deelight - Apply to the center of each lip and rub lips together for a nice even coat.  Use a brush to fill in the lips if needed.


The cat eye look can range from a line that is thin, sharp and pointed, or fat and smudgy. Applying eyeliner or doing a cat eye isn't easy.  It's a technique that requires a steady hand and lots of concentration.  So have fun with it and don't be afraid to add your own variation.  Shannon, I hope this look is what you had in mind. 

Remember practice makes perfect! *wink*

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