9 Easy Tutorials That Will Instantly Upgrade Your Cat-Eye Game

What do Marilyn Monroe, Alexa Chung, and Ariana Grande have in common? They've made their beauty trademark the humble cat-eye. While certainly not new, the technique is ubiquitous for a good reason: Not only does the simple wing instantly perk up any face shape by drawing the eye upward, it gives a subtle nod to vintage beauty techniques.

Whether you’re partial to itty bitty kitten flicks or thick, mod ones, many of us have a routine when it comes to our liner. While there’s nothing wrong with falling back on tried-and-true techniques, sometimes it’s fun to mix things up — especially if that comes in the form of a new color or product.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up three cat-eye liner techniques that will blow your go-to's out of the water.

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The Trick: Go Smudgy

When you think of cat-eye liner, chances are your mind immediately goes to crisp, clean wings. While we're all for precision, diffused flicks can have a softer, fresh effect. Think of the look as the happy marriage between a cat-eye and smoky eye. Plus, it's easy...
This look is a breeze to achieve with a little eyeshadow and an angled liner brush, but we're also fans of using eyeliner pencil or gel to mimic the effect. Simply trace your cat-eye shape and gently smudge out your lines with an eyeshadow brush. Bonus: Top with liquid liner just at the base for more structure and depth.

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The Trick: Make It Metallic

Liquid eyeliners and pencils aren't the only tools you can use to craft a killer cat-eye. We're partial to using metallic shadows to pop the lid, which delivers a little more punch to your winged-out look. Case in point: This cat-eye by YouTuber NikkieTutorials.
Using a bronze, cream eyeshadow, paint a graphic shape onto your lid and slightly wing out the outer corners. Voilà, instant edge.

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The Trick: Get Graphic

We love itty bitty flicks just as much as the next person, but there's a special place in our hearts for thick, graphic wings.

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Grab some eyeliner or eyeshadow and draw your wings all the way into your crease, then fill in your entire lid so that the color is totally opaque.
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The Trick: Try It In Technicolor

Sure, black and brown might be your cat-eye go-to's, but for a party or special occasion we recommend pulling out a few bold colors à la beauty blogger Lauren Leonard. Because, why the heck not?
Think of your eyelid as a canvas. Using pigmented cream shadows, trace lines onto your lids in a cat-eye shape. Be sure to keep them crisp so the look comes of as polished.

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