Cat's eye look

I can't apply eye makeup and not look like I'm dead. I don't think the colors I'm using are too dark - I'm doing something wrong or I'm just not meant for eye makeup. I want to do a very subtle cat's eye look, something for day and evening. I've searched for tips, and keep reading about liquid eyeliner. I haven't worn that since high school. Looking back, it really didn't look any different than pencil - I just need to stay away from applying any liner on bottom, esp. since I wear contacts and sometimes rub my eyes. Can't do mascara, either.

What I've been doing is only lining the top and curving it upward just a tad at the end. I don't read anything about blending the liner for the cat's eye look, but I HAVE to with pencil - I can't have the obvious line. Maybe that's where I'm going wrong, as it just looks too shadowy. I use a neutral shadow on my eyelid. Should I try liquid liner? Any tips?
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Phoenix is your best resource for makeup tips and methods. She's a master (mistress).
Yeah, I thought she was the one that does makeup. Are you there, Phoenix? I actually did some more searching and pretty much found what I'm looking for, but any tips are appreciated. There is such a wide array of advice and a lot of contradicts, but I think what I just found: dotting along the lash line, then making a straight line where the pupil starts, making the line thicker as it goes out, is a good idea.
liquid liner is always > than pencil for me for that blending reason... pencil always looks a tad sloppy and tends to go thicker when i put it on, so I always want to blend it out.

With liner, I'm able to get a nice, thin line that I can control more easily and the crisp-ness looks fine... I don't have that urge to blend out. I think if you're wanting that little "flick" on the outside edge that's so distinctive with the cat eye look, using liquid or at least a gel with a nice brush, is probably the best way to go.
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liquid liner is always > than pencil for me for that blending reason... pencil always looks a tad sloppy and tends to go thicker when i put it on, so I always want to blend it out.

With liner, I'm able to get a nice, thin line that I can control more easily and the crisp-ness looks fine... I don't have that urge to blend out. I think if you're wanting that little "flick" on the outside edge that's so distinctive with the cat eye look, using liquid or at least a gel with a nice brush, is probably the best way to go.
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I have Smashbox liner in a pot that comes with a thin brush. I have no idea what it is considered, but it is like hard-packed powder. It's almost like clay or something, but lordy it is about 10 years old by now. I thought something like that might work, but the brush is really too wide to work with. What would that be, though, powder?

I should by all new stuff. I used a cream shadow yesterday that is about 5 years old, and it made my eyelid red. I got away from using eye makeup for a long time, and I don't like to get rid of anything. Pencils don't expire, though, right? I have a pearly/cream pencil that I blend to use as subtle shadow.

So, you would buy a liquid pencil? I'm afraid of the line being too severe, and not being able to blend it. The tip I just read about the dotted line says to blend. This is all so confuzzling.
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hm... could it be a cake liner maybe? like these?

They look like hard pressed powders, but you can get the brush wet, and use them like liquid liners.

There's definitely nothing wrong with blending out liner... but if you're going for a cat eye look, the two kind of contradict one another. the whole idea of the cat eye is the crisp line that flicks out to elongate the eye shape (ala Angelina Jolie - http://liquideyelinermakeup.com/uplo...d-eyeliner.jpg)

I'm trying to find you a good youtube tutorial that shows you how to get a nice, thin line that shouldn't make you feel like it's too heavy.
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basic liner shapes

winged liner tutorial... go to about 6:30

a good way to use liquid liner, and then soften with shadow so the lines not so harsh
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i use pencil liners all the time and powders with a wet fine lining brush.

practice makes perfect!

practice with liner and/or shadow - don't use mascara and wash it off if you're not happy.
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You can do the cat's eye look with liquid, pencil or cream/gel - whatever you're most comfortable with. Whichever you choose, the line should be sharp not blended for cat's eye. But if you like it blended, go for it!

Here's a trick I use a lot. Instead of buying liquid liner, place a drop of Visine into pressed powder eyeshadow. You can use a small brush (like below) to apply it. Voila! Makeshift liquid liner!



Some application tips:
*Use the smallest brush possible. The ones that often come with liquid liners are too big, too long or too flimsy.
*Instead of looking straight ahead into a mirror to apply liner, look down into a handheld mirror held at about chest level. This will allow you to see the tiny "shelf" just above your lashes and to get as close as possible to it.
*Start applying liner from the center of your lashes (rather than from the inner or outer corner) and go to the outer corner. Next, apply liner from the inner corner to the center. Connect the lines so they appear seamless. Lastly, draw your "wing" at the outer corner.
*Before drawing your line, place a dot where your wing should end (on both eyes). Make sure the dots are even and level with each other. They can serve as your "target" for where to draw your line.
*Use a credit card or folded paper towel or any other small straight edge as a guide for drawing your wing. Hold the credit card flat against your face where the wing should go.
*If using a pencil, stick it in the fridge for 5 minutes. Then sharpen it before use.

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nyx makes a eyeliner marker. they have runway marker and a super fat marker. They're really good I have both but I've never used the runway skinny marker I just use the jumbo marker and do it lightly. They're really easy to use because it's like using a marker.
*Use the smallest brush possible. The ones that often come with liquid liners are too big, too long or too flimsy.
Originally Posted by Phoenix
get one in the art supplies area of Michael's when they have brushes on sale. that's what i do.

*Instead of looking straight ahead into a mirror to apply liner, look down into a handheld mirror held at about chest level.
my sister got me a lighted makeup mirror on a stand that has a magnifier on one side and a regular mirror on the other - it's perfect for this.
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