Eyeliner began as early as 10,000 BC when Egyptians wore various cosmetics as aesthetics but also to protect their skin from the blazing sun. Research suggests that eyeliner was worn as protection against the evil eye.
In ancient Egypt eyeliner was very common and not only worn by women
but by men too (which means men have been rocking guy-liner for centuries! Who knew?). Ancient Egyptians used kohl eyeliners which they produced by grounding various materials such as lead and even copper into a paste and applying this to their eyes with rounded sticks.
The “cat eye” made a comeback in the 1950s and even had eye glasses and sunglasses modelled after if , which were worn by old Hollywood actresses such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. This dark eyeliner was worn with the intention of creating a dramatic style to make the outer corner of your eye similar to a cat. Obviously!
This eyeliner trend has remained our go to eyeliner style over the years and is adorned but many famous stars today such as Lana del ray , Katy Perry and Adele.
But how do you achieve this look?
For beginners I suggest using a gel liner before liquid liner as liquid liner is harder to control and takes a lot of practice.
Apply a thin layer of eyeliner (you can always build and add to this to your preferred thickness) on your top lash line about 3 quarters of the way before beginning your flick. For the classic look don’t extend your wing more than 1 quarter of the way beyond where your outer lid ends.
A tip to perfect your wing would be to cover any smudges or uneven lines with concealer using a concealer brush. Set this with translucent powder.
If your really struggling with getting your eyeliner right I suggest putting your eyeliner brush or liquid liner in the freezer 10 to 15 minutes before you start your makeup. This hardens the bristles making it easier for you to create the perfect wing.
And lastly take your time. Rushing to do your eyeliner can often cause uneven lines that your have to cover with just “one more layer” of eyeliner (admit it we’ve all been there!) resulting in too much eyeliner. If you can pull this off more power to you but if , like me , you would prefer a less dramatic “cat eye” this is not the look to go for!
This post is mainly based on the “cat eye” however there are so many styles of eyeliner to choose from if this style doesn’t suit you.