Master the Reverse Cat Eye Makeup Trend

CalendarMonday, February 28th, 2022
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Full makeup and reverse cat-eye

Master the Reverse Cat Eye Makeup Trend

The reverse cat eye is a sultry and popular trend and may be easier to master than the classic cat eye. You can achieve it with a dark shadow for a subtle effect or add drama by paying tribute to a Cleopatra-influenced aesthetic renowned for its theatrical flair. This tutorial will walk you through each step of creating an eye-elongating reverse cat eye.

before and after look

Before and after: The reverse cat eye emphasizes and elongates the eyes with a subtle nude brown lip shade and light foundation.

Use light primer over lids

Prep with primer: Prime the eyes with a light shade using a flat brush. The primer will help the makeup go on smoother and last longer.

Cover the lids with a nude shadow

Apply nude eyeshadow: Use a flat brush to apply a nude shade, sweeping the entire eyelid.

Gel eyeliner and diluent

Use gel eyeliner blended with a diluent: We’re using a 00 or 000 professional fine-tipped brush and black gel eyeliner for this tutorial. Add a silicone-based diluent to the gel eyeliner to achieve fluidity and a long-lasting look.

Draw fine lines at corners

Drawing fine guidelines: Draw an upward flick of a line at the corner of the upper lid using the brush. Draw a fine downward line by the inner corner of the eye near the tear duct. The key to a precise and clean-looking graphic liner is being light-handed and intentional when applying. Practice will also improve your reverse cat eye.

Connect line to guidelines

Draw line under lash line: Carefully draw a line under the lash line underlining the eye, connecting to each guideline.

Line the waterline

Line the waterline using a clean or new powder puff pad to support the hand for a smooth application. The powder puff pad will prevent any smudges.

Seal the eyeliner with eyeshadow

Seal the eyeliner: Using an angled, beveled brush, shade the outline with black eyeshadow.

Blend the shadow under eye

Blend the shadow over the eyeliner: Use a pencil brush to blend the shadow, gently dragging the brush under the waterline. Avoid buffing out the edges (guidelines); this will keep the reverse cat eye effect defined and graphic-looking.

Apply light shade to corners

To enhance the look of the lines in each corner, use a small straight brush to apply a light eyeshadow, using white or a bright champagne shade.

Add mascara to complete look

Finish with mascara: Apply mascara to complete the look.

Full makeup and reverse cat-eye

The finished look will be stunning. Makeup by Maiko and photography by Aylen Ile Diaz.

If you like the graphic-looking reverse cat eye tutorial, visit the Ogle School blog for more insider tips. Interested in becoming a beauty school student? Learn more about the Esthetics Program.

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Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.