From Lady Gaga to Tom Ford, the unconventional rounded cat eye is all the rage these days. If you're over the "so sharp it could cut someone" wings of yesteryear and are ready for something more well-rounded, look no further: The look is totally achievable to create.
It's no surprise that Lady Gaga has been rocking the trend, as she's a total makeup trendsetter. Remember the mint movement of 2012? Gaga predicted it in her "Marry The Night" music video of 2011. Recall how popular red eyeshadow became in 2016? Gaga certainly helped to solidify that as she sported red glittery lids during her performance of the National Anthem at the SuperBowl earlier that year.
All things considered, it's no wonder that she and her masterful makeup artist, Sarah Tanno, have a part in creating a trend that's rippling into the realm of fashion and beauty. Tanno first started applying rounded cat eyes to the icon for her epic performance with Metallica at the 2017 Grammys, and now Gaga regularly wears the look in different incarnations:
Gaga's sported rounded cat eyes of all shapes and sizes, and she's certainly showing no signs of stopping. If you want to give this rounded look a try, but you're trembling because you can barely master a kitten flick, have no fear. The best thing about this look at the you don't necessarily have to be the most dexterous human. Because the wings don't come to a point, precession and a steady hand aren't really necessary. Fudging the rounded look is actually part of the deal. Here's how to do it, from start to finish.
I started by priming my lid with my Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. Because my eyes are super hooded, the primer ensures that my liner adheres evenly across the lid and doesn't transfer to the brow bone or smudge underneath the eye. I applied a grain of rice-size amount of primer from lash to brow. This one in particular has a bit of color to it as well, so it helps to cancel out any redness.
2. Even Out The Lid
To set the primer, I used a fluffy blending brush to apply a light layer of bone colored shadow across my entire lid. This further neutralized any remaining darkness on my skin and acted as a barrier to prevent smudging. Make sure to use shadow and not concealer, as the latter has the tendency to emulsify and smudge liner.
3. Tightline The Upper Lashline
For the liner itself, I started with Smashbox's Always On Gel Liner in Fishnet. This liner is super creamy and blendable, but super waterproof once it dries down. I started by doing little dashes between my lashes to make sure there's no gap between the liner and my visible waterline. We want this liner to be rich and saturated with no visible nude skin peeking through.
4. Sketch The Rounded Shape
To start sketching the shape for my rounded liner, I used my Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink. Gel liner is extremely malleable and blendable, so I could easily use the product to fudge the line upward. To keep the rounded shape, but taper the line where necessary, I actually used a very small, flat lip brush to apply the product.
Always start with a shorter line. It's easy to add more, but much harder to take it away once it's there. Remember, this is just a rough sketch to help you achieve symmetry for the liner angles on both eyes. If it's a little bumpy, no worries. We'll fix that in the next step.
As you do the second eye, take a few moments to look straight ahead into a mirror to achieve symmetry. Don't worry about it being perfect, but we do want to make sure that even if they're not twins, they're at least sisters — and certainly not mortal enemies.
5. Perfect It
Now that we have the basic shape for the wing we can create the fabulous rounded shape. For my look, I utilized Kat von D's Tattoo Liner in Trooper. I like this pen specifically because the point is extremely thin and the ink flows at a steady pace, making it perfect for a graphic liner look. Ink liners with a small paint brush tip will also do the job.
First, I traced over the the liner above my lashes to smooth out any gaps or bumps in the line. Then came the fun part. I traced over the angle fixed the outer curve so the line was perfectly smooth.
Repeat the same on the other eye. Make sure to take it nice and slow, pulling away from the mirror to ensure the symmetry as you go.
6. Set It To Forget It
To add a little dimension, and, again, prevent the liner from rubbing on to my crease and brow bone throughout the day, I used a small shadow brush to pat some glittery black shadow on top of the liner. I used a shadow from the Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Glambition, but any glittery black shade will do.
Just add a couple layers of black mascara and you'll be good to go!
Now that we've mastered the Tom Ford look, let's go gaga for Gaga.
7. Create The Crease
We'll just build on top of the rounded liner we already have.
Working from the outside in, use your liquid liner to taper the round angle inward along the crease of the eye. If your eye is hooded (like mind), you can cheat the line slightly above the natural crease so it will be visible with the eye open.
Repeat the same on the other eye. Just make sure the cut crease line tapers evenly as it gets closer and closer toward the inner corner.
8. Glitter & Be Glam
If you want to get extra fancy, you can fill in the lid with metallic shadow, or even glitter. The graphic line cutting right above a super sparkly surface creates the perfect contrast to let the look really sing for itself.
I first put down a layer of heavily metallic silver shadow from the Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 28 in Purple Blue. For additional impact, I applied some Lemonhead LA Spacejam in Crystal Tokyo.
Don't forget to add your falsies (if ya wanna)!
It's obvious that this look is a little unconventional. Though it's trending in the fashion world, you'll probably be one of the first to work it out on the streets of your city. However, when I rocked this look a couple weeks ago, I certainly garnered more compliments than I usually do, which was pretty rad. Don't forget queens, you don't need to be razor sharp to slay.