The Winter Cat-Eye In 3 Simple Steps

Photographed by Lauren Perlstein.
With chilly days and nights in full effect now, it can be tempting to stay in and decline dinner invitations and party invites. But, we believe that sometimes, all it takes to get up and going is a little glam. Learn how to master the soft and sumptuous winter cat-eye, and we bet you'll be ready for the next party. A winter-cat eye is created with shadow and is much softer than the regular cat-eye. It doesn't use liquid liner — or any pencil at all.
Whether you're going to a casual event or a fancy affair, the winter cat-eye is the perfect accessory. Its gentle lines give the eye definition, while its winged element adds a final, flirty flick. Update your look in a flash by incorporating the three steps below into your beauty routine.
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1. Lid
Start by priming with a neutral-toned primer. The Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer Stick is like a crayon for the eye, so draw an X and blend evenly with your ring finger. Continue your prep by naturally sculpting the eye with two tones of shadow. This classic application requires you to add the lighter tone to the lid and a warmer tone in the crease to create depth.
Photographed by Lauren Perlstein.
2. Lashline
The secret to achieving this look is using a thick, angled brush and deep, charcoal shadow instead of the classic liquid liner. When choosing an angled brush, go for something soft but sturdy like the Lancome #18 Brush. Use the angled end and a dark charcoal shadow such as Bobbi Brown's Smoke for intensity at the lashline.
Begin by dipping your angled brush into the shadow and lining the top lashline using a tapping motion. Do not drag the angled brush; the result will be too harsh. Only line where lashes naturally grow. Next, stare at yourself straight ahead in a mirror and stamp the wing on the outer corner of your eye, perpendicular to your lashes' edge. Re-dip your angled brush and connect the wing to the lid. Use your finger to dab any mistakes away and soften the line. The resulting look should be a smudgy-winged liner.
Photographed by Lauren Perlstein.
3. Finish
Pack on tons of mascara and finish the look with a peach-nude mouth (like Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte #13), for a Bardot-esque sexiness that is perfect with a cozy sweater and a hot toddy.