Cat Eyeliner Flick Tutorial

May 14, 2012

Every girl who wears makeup would have a signature look that they tend to wear on a frequent basis.  As for me I always like to wear a thin black eyeliner with a little flick (as you can see in all of my FOTDs). I have often been asked about how I do the eyeliner flick. It is not rocket science, and any girl who has the right makeup tool can do it, but the key is to make the flick work with your eye shape. Just because a feline eyeliner look is sultry on a celebrity/model, it doesn’t guarantee that it will do justice to everyone’s eyes or your facial features. So my answer to all of them was to practice and practice to work out the best shape.

I have been wearing this look for years, and I have put together some tips in this tutorial for you. To begin with, I have already drawn a line along my upper lash but without the flick.

Step 1: Define the angle of the flick

Here is a trick to define the angle of the flick – if you are like me who likes to fill out the outer third of my lower lash line, then look straight into the mirror and draw the line starting from the lower lash line first. Now extend it pass the end of your eyes following its natural curve, and stop at your desired length (see picture 1). Alternatively you can put a pen/brush from the side of your nose to the end of your eye brow and draw the flick (see picture 2). This is the most important step, and as said the angle of the flick has to complement the shape of your eyes. If your eyes are slanted, your might want to bring the angle down. On the other hand, if your eyes are droopy, you can bring the angle more upward.


Step 2: Draw the Flick

The rest is all relatively easy. Now that I have ‘marked’ the flick, I can just fill it out with a liquid eye liner and make sure it joins the top liner . Very gently pull up your eyelid so it helps to draw the line straighter and more smoothly.

front-row-beauty-eyeliner-tutorial-2Step 3: Improving the Shape of the Flick

The final step is to adjust the shape and the thickness of the flick to make it look nicer and sharper.

front-row-beauty-eyeliner-tutorial-3Before And After

This is the size of the flick I would normally do on a daily basis. In my FOTDs I normally wear it slightly more dramatic.

front-row-beauty-eyeliner-tutorial-4I personally prefer to use a liquid eye liner as it gives me better control to draw the line. Hope you found this tutorial helpful!


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jacqueline May 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Thanks for the informative tutorial, I’m curious to know what is your favorite liquid liner 😉


Reika May 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Without a doubt it’s gotta be the dolly wink jet black liquid eyeliner 🙂 Its the best!


GossipDress May 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Love it!


Sandy May 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Thanks for sharing. I shall give it a try!


Rola May 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I love how this look lifts the eyes. It has been my signature look for years;) It is a great look for most eyes and it is fun to try variations of the flick. Thanks for the tutorial.


Cindy May 15, 2012 at 2:33 am

This is a really helpful tutorial! I usually use Bobbi’s gel eyeliner with her ultra fine brush but i never really achieve such a neat flick like what you have in these photos!

I think maybe a pointed tip pen is what I need!


Elaine May 15, 2012 at 9:59 am

I am a failure when doing the flick. Thanks to this tutorial. I need to practice on the cat eyes! :p


Aleya Bamdad May 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm

It looks so easy. My hands shake so I always end up doing it a few times before it comes out right.


onlyfr33b33 May 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Can’t live without the cat-eye! It makes me look bright and awake. Changing the subject, have you used Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair serum? I’ve been trying my friend’s while we’re travelling, and it is so amazing I am going to buy a bottle at duty free or something…


Jess May 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm

The little flick really flatters and enhances your eye shape nicely! Thanks for sharing how you do it! 😉


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