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How To Get The Perfect 1960s Cat Eye

By Catherine Santino

Edited by Lara Medic 

The cat eye is a classic makeup look that is making a very strong comeback. It started in the 1960s as part of the “mod” trend, seen on movie actresses like Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, and Natalie Wood. Nowadays, it can be seen on almost every celebrity- Lauren Conrad has famously perfected the look for everyday wear.

It’s a simple yet elegant look that has a lot of versatility. Here’s my tutorial to help you achieve it:

3 old Hollywood icons wearing cat eye makeup: Sophia Loren (left), Brigitte Bardot (center) and Natalie Wood (right)

Cat-eye inspiration 

1. Before you start on the cat eye, apply your foundation, concealer, and blush the way you normally would. Don’t add too much blush, though- the main event of this look is the eyes. You then want to prime your eyes so that your makeup stays in place. I really enjoy using the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Apply the primer all over the eyelid up to the brow bone.

2. Start your eye makeup by applying any neutral shadow over the entire eyelid. A cream or ivory color works best- the mod look is all about the contrast between black and white, and smooth, clean lines. If you’re going for this particular style, you don’t really want to add any contour or color to your eye shadow. 

Lana Del Rey in Cat Eye Makeup 

3. Next, draw a thin line of eye liner along your upper lash line. I find that gel eyeliners usually work best- here I am using L’Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner in Blackest Black, which also comes with a brush.

4. Then, draw a straight line from the corner of your eye extending out.

5. After that, fill in the space between the end of this line back towards your lashes.

6. Next, curl your lashes and add a few coats of mascara to add to the doe-eyed feel of this look. I find that Maybelline’s Colossal Volum’ Express fills out my eyelashes nicely.

7. Lastly, if you want to really go for the mod look, add a nude lip. I decided to use Clinique’s Long Last Lipstick in the shade Creamy Nude.

There you have it, the perfect cat eye. Be warned, this makeup look is a bit challenging at first, so don’t be discouraged if you are having a hard time with it. It takes a lot of practice, but soon you’ll have it down to a science!

Cat eyes on the Italian Goddess Sophia Loren 

The products I used

1 comment:

Tamara Chloé said...

I never seem to get the cateye right lol, I might be able to after your great tips!

Thanks for sharing!

xx Tamara Chloé


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