The cat eye is a classic eye look. So many classic, beauty icons have adored this sexy look. I have to say, of all the beauty techniques that I have learned, this one has been the hardest. It takes time and practice, but there are a few tricks. Do the eyes first, especially if you are starting out. This way you can clean up your mistakes, without affecting the rest of your makeup. You will get the best results with liquid or gel liner, though I prefer gel. Use a thin liner brush and line your upper lash line. For the flick, line the brush up with your lower lash line, at the corner of your eye. Draw the line as if it were extending the lower lash line up. Have the flick come to a point at the end. Then go back and connect the flick to the top liner, making the liner thicker at the outer corner, and thinner at the inner corner. I like to put the gel liner on the inside waterline of the inner corner. If you make a mistake, keep a cotton swab and eye makeup remover handy, (but don't use the oil based eye remover). Dip the cotton swab in the remover and fix any mistakes you may have. This works as an eraser. Then, you can do your foundation, and concealer to clean up the liner even more. It takes practice, so be patient.
- Bold Lips (Red, Burgundy, Pink)
- Matte Skin and Minimal Makeup
- Metallic Lids
- Bright Eyeliner
I started using bright eyeliners over the summer, and I really like them. If you are a little hesitant, just line the upper or lower lash line. If you line the lower lash line, apply black or brown to the top lash line. Liner on the lower lash line only, is not flattering. You can wear a liner only on the upper lash line, though.
- Contoured Cheeks
I love a contoured face! For a more sculpted look, start your bronzer, at the hairline, just above the ear. Bring the contour diagonally down toward the outer corner of your mouth, but stop when you are under the middle of your eye. Do NOT bring it all the way to your mouth. It's just unflattering and unnatural. Also, opt for a matte bronzer with no shimmer at all. I contour all of my face most of the time. I will do a contouring post soon, because it makes a huge difference!
- Strong Brows
- Tight Lining
I didn't always tight line, but I really do like it. If you have sensitive eyes or wear contacts, opt for a hypoallergenic liner. You will also need one that is waterproof. To achieve this look, line the inner rims of your eye. You can do upper and lower rims, or just one or the other. Lining the upper lid, is known as invisible liner. It defines the eye, and gives the illusion of a thicker lash line. For the lower line, I use the traditional black or brown, but I also use a nude liner. The darker liner, gives a more dramatic look. If you have smaller eyes, you may not want to tight line both rims. It could make your eyes appear smaller. A nude liner, gives the appearance of an awake look, that refreshes the eye. Rimmel Scandal Eyes has a great nude liner that is waterproof.
- Red Nails & Neutral Nails
Red nails are a classic, and nude nails give a natural, fresh look. I love them both, but there are so many shades to choose from! Look for shades that compliment your skin tone.
- Graffiti Nails
This is a new trend for nails. If you do your nails yourself, it is easiest to get this look by using the manicure stick ons. Sally Hansen and Essie sell them at most drugstores. These stickers are supposed to last at least a week.
Hopefully, there are one or two makeup trends that you would like to try. Experiment with them, and have some fun with your makeup. It's always fun to try a new look!