When it comes to nighttime eye makeup, there are two camps: those who favour diffused dark shadow (a.k.a. the beloved smoky eye), and those who stick with the clean, graphic flick. But the latest bewitcher is a clever hybrid of both: “The smoky cat eye is a new take on old trends,” says Avon global celebrity makeup artist Lauren Andersen, who works with Jessica Alba and Eva Mendes.“It’s a classic shape with a fun interpretation.” Her sworn-by secret? Fold a Kleenex to create a guide for your extended wing, following the angle of your lower lash line. Blend dark powder in a circular motion along the outer corner, overlapping the cloth. “When you take the tissue away, you have an edge that’s soft but crisp,” says the pro. Carry the colour through your crease, but switch to a medium shade for the centre of the lid and go lighter on the inside corner. Finish with smudged liner on your top and lower lash lines, heavy mascara, defined brows, and a feline-fierce attitude to match. “This look exudes confidence and sex appeal,” says Andersen. “You’re the predator, not the prey.”
From top left: Allison Williams, Isabeli Fontana, Nina Dobrev, Kerry Washington, Emmy Rossum, Katy Perry.
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Maybelline Eye studio Master Smoky Longwearing Shadow-Pencil in Black Smoke, $10; Avon True color Eyeshadow Quad in Urban Skyline, $10; Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara in Very Black Blaze, $10.