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Makeup Tutorial: How To Create The 80s Inspired Strong Cat Eye

November 29, 2009

With the 80s bigger than ever this fall, the iconic cat eye has been spotted everywhere! First, there was François Nars’ work at the Marc Jacobs A/W 2009 fashion show and my very own interpretation of it.

Then comes Leighton Meester in the “Somebody To Love” music video and Beyonce in her latest “Video Phone” music video with Lady Gaga.

What You Will Need

* Eyeliner pencil/Cream-based eyeshadow
* Powder eyeshadow
* Mascara

Step 1. Color in your entire eyelid up to the crease with a black eyeliner pencil or cream eyeshadow. I used MAC Greasepaint Stick in Black here.

Step 2. Pulling the eyelid taunt, draw a line from the outer corner and flick it upwards. Beginners can place a piece of paper by the outer corner of the eye as a guide.

Step 3. Join the line with your eyelid, forming a triangle. Fill in the triangle completely.

Step 3. Pat a black powder eyeshadow for maximum pigmentation and staying power. I used Yaby Cosmetics Pearl Paint Eyeshadow in Hematite here.

Step 4. Line the lower eyelid with the black pencil. Make sure it joins with the line on top.

Step 5. Top with black powder eyeshadow.

Step 6. Clean up the undereye area with a brush dipped in concealer and finish with several coats of mascara on both top and bottom.

Tips On Wearing This Look

* Since the eyes are the focus, remember to keep the eyebrows clean and arched. Pluck all stray hairs and fill in sparse areas with a pencil/brow powder.

* Unless you are going with a full-on 80s look, keep the rest of your face bare with just a bit of nude blush and lipstick.

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  • Reply Thea November 29, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Yay for step-by-step tutorials 🙂

  • Reply Nadya November 30, 2009 at 10:29 am

    good job. easy to understand & to do

  • Reply Flininia November 30, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    This is a little off topic, but how do you take pictures of your eye so clearly without blinding yourself with the flash?
    I ♥ the step by step photos, so helpful

  • Reply Phyllis November 30, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I’m glad you guys like this. I’ll try to post more pictures when I do tuts 🙂

  • Reply Layla November 30, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Thanks Phyllis, fabulous look!
    just 1 question, does the MAC Greasepaint Stick smudge?

  • Reply Pinklye December 1, 2009 at 4:04 am

    Thank you very much Phyllis for this tutorial !
    I LOVE cat eyes and Beyoncé looks so georgeous in her Video Phone video.

    Layla –> on my oily eyelids the GPS doesn’t smudge… I don’t need to use a primer like UD Primer Potion 😉

  • Reply Phyllis December 1, 2009 at 7:55 pm


    You get used to the flash after a while. I also try not to look directly into the camera.

  • Reply Phyllis December 1, 2009 at 7:56 pm


    The Greasepaint Stick doesn’t smudge on me either.

  • Reply Dusi December 1, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Hey Phyllis! I love the lip color you used here and the highlight color on your lids as well. Mind my asking what they are?

  • Reply Phyllis December 1, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Thanks Dusi! I’m wearing NARS Multiple Bronzer in Cap Vert on the lips. For a complete breakdown of the look, please go to:

  • Reply Lucero December 3, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks so much! I love all of Beyonce’s makeup in the video but this was my favorite.

  • Reply Dusi December 4, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply Christy Jennings February 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    That is just beautiful! Great makeup tutorial.

  • Reply Aimydon November 25, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Very very helpful thank u so much

  • Reply Enid November 24, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Great step by step guide, I used it for a 80s themed party and it worked magic. Thank you.

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