Emily MacCulloch
Emily MacCulloch

Three Ultra-Cool Ways to Switch Up Your Cat Eye

The classic cat eye has become my go-to makeup look for when I need something quick, easy and cool. Just like the perfect shade of nude lipstick, a feline flick looks good no matter what I’m wearing that day or what type of hair day I’m having. And while it will always be my go-to, I can’t tell you I don’t get the itch to switch up my fallback flick on occasion. From super smouldering liner at Prabal Gurung to technicolour streaks at Victoria Beckham, every season the runways offer a new take on cat eyes. Here are a few of my favourite ways to spice up my winged liner.

The Coloured Cat Eye

What to use: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Liquid Eyeliner in Wild Green (or any colour really)


This is probably the easiest way to add a little variety to your look. There’s no shortage of colourful liners these days, but I’ve been digging L’Oréal Paris’ new Infallible Paints. They are super precise liquid pens that come in baby blue, forest green (my fave) and white, among other shades.

Pro tip: Draw a thin line along your top lashes with a black liquid liner and let it dry before adding your coloured wing. This makes a difference if you’re using a light-coloured liner, as it will really make your lashes look fuller and your eyes pop.

The Reverse Cat Eye

What to use: Rimmel London Gel Eyeliner in Black


This one is a little more daring but simple and fun, as it flips the classic look around. Leave your upper eyelid bare and, using a gel or pencil liner, draw along your bottom lash line. This look is foolproof as you use your lower lash line as a guide and follow the line of your eye to make your bottom wing. I like using a gel and smudging it for a smoky effect.

The Bold Cat Eye

What to use: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner and CoverGirl Ink It! Liner


I like this look for a night out, as it’s a bit more dramatic. Use your fave liquid liner on your top lid (my go-to lately has been Stila) and make your flick as big or small as you like. Then take a gel pencil and smoke out your bottom lash line and waterline. Join the two lines together on the outer corner of your eye and you’re good to go!

What’s your fave cat eye look?