A Daytime Cat-Eye? Yes, It Can Be Done

Step aside, Martha Stewart, there's a new Renaissance woman in town. Since Lauren Conrad got her heart broken by Stephen on Laguna Beach, I watched as she evolved from reality TV star to designer, DIY expert, author, and all-around beauty icon. While I can't say I can make a riveting TV show or a chic cake stand, I can take a page from L.C.'s beauty book, and have since adapted her signature cat-eye as my own. It does take a little bit of practice to get the liner just right, so I'm going to share some of the tips I picked up along the way. Soon, you'll be purring your way to a daytime cat-eye that's all your own.
Hair and Makeup by Andrew Colvin.
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Pick your poison — If eyeliner is a new game for you, go with a gel liner, which is less likely to run. I've been using Revlon ColorStay™ Crème Gel Eye Liner in Black. It's a true black, which I love, and it comes with a little applicator brush that's part of the bottle so you can toss this into your purse for any midday touchups. You can use the brush that it comes with, or a long, angled brush which I'm doing here. Dip your brush in the pot, then apply to your upper waterline and in between your eyelashes with small back-and-forth motions.

Revlon ColorStay™ Crème Gel Eye Liner in Black, $8.99, available at Revlon.

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Wing it out — Make a dot to pinpoint the tip of your wing, then connect it to your outer corner of your eye. Draw another line, connecting the dot to the middle point of your upper eyelid. I try to do this in one swoop-like motion so that the line looks fluid. For extra guidance, you can use the edge of a business card as a ruler.

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Cross the finish line — The hardest part is now over. To finish, just extend your liner from the midpoint of your eyelid to the inner corner of your eye.

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Bat those lashes — A cat-eye is never complete without the finishing touch: mascara. Especially for a daytime look when you aren't wearing any standout shadows, you need to really make those eyes pop with a heavy fringe. My mascara of choice is Revlon Lash Potion™ Volume + Length Mascara. I don't know what they did with this wand, but even with a few coats, I don't get any clumps. I also like to apply mascara to my lower lashes to give it the full cat-eye effect.

Revlon Lash Potion™ Volume + Length Mascara, $6.99, available at Revlon.

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And voilà — a cat-eye that's dramatic but appropriate for a casual lunch. Now with a little bit of practice, you'll be rockin' the cat-eye like a pro. L.C. who?

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Hair and Makeup by Andrew Colvin.
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