FOTD: 80s Inspired Strong Cat Eye Makeup Look

Inspired by François Nars’ work on the Marc Jacobs Fall 2009 runway, here is my take on the 80s cat eye look.

What I Used

* Rimmel Renew & Lift Foundation in #203 applied with MAC #109 Brush
* Anastasia Highlighting Brow Kit to fill in eyebrows
* NARS Lili Marlene Cream Eyeshadow patted onto the eyelid as a base
* NARS Bohemian Gold Duo Eyeshadow from crease to eyebrow bone
* NARS Night Flight Eyeshadow on eyelid and winged out
* MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack to line
* Taiwanese Fake Lashes on top
* MAC Sculpting Powder in Shadester on cheekbones for a sculpted look
* MAC Shaping Powder in Lightsweep along bridge of nose
* NARS Multiple Bronzer in Cap Vert on lips

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. OOH, very pretty!!

    PS Phyllis, I’m in Korea right now.. is there any Asian beauty products you recommend I stock up on?

  2. Wow!!! I love this look (yours)!!
    Do u have or could do a step by step tutorial for it?
    Id love to learn how to make such great smokey eye look for asian eyelids!
    btw, i love ur blog!!! :)

  3. Hi Phyllis,

    All of your eye looks are so perfectly blended! the fade out is perfect and i just can’t get the hang of that, especially on the outer corners, like in this look.
    Is there a certain brush or technique that you feel gives you that perfect degradation? (other than practice :)

  4. i was checking for the products youve used i couldnt find it i only found nars night flight eyeshadow i couldnt find NARS Lil Marlene Cream Eyeshadow and NARS Bohemian Gold Duo Eyeshadow are these products discountinued?

  5. Thanks Yael! Using the right brush is also very important. Try a fluffy brush like MAC #217 and remember to clean up any muddy areas with a flat brush dipped in foundation.

  6. Lisa,

    The Lili Marlene is still available at the NARS website but the Bohemian Gold might have been discontinued.

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