Who doesn’t love a fierce cat-eye makeup look? It’s bold, chicly retro and adds instant cool vibes to anything you pair it with. We love a classic cat eye — a thin, flirty flick toward your brow — but Anna Sui’s New York Fashion Week runway models opened our eyes to a totally fresh way to rock graphic eye makeup: double-winged liner. It’s edgy and sultry, minimalist and kinda futuristic, really unique and totally wearable — everything a trendsetting makeup look needs.
Model Gigi Hadid looked stunning (as usual) as she strutted down the runway with Bohemian-inspired makeup featuring gorgeous shades of brown with slightly orange-y copper tones. All eyes were on her double-winged liner, though, which brought the look to a whole new level. There was no black liner here — instead, the wings appeared to be a soft brown, which kept the two-dash style really flattering.
That’s another aspect of the look we love: that this technique encourages you to have fun with eyeliner colors (any of the four shades in Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Liner [$24] would work). You can totally switch up the hue based on what you’re wearing, how you’re feeling or what shade flatters your eye color best. This look can be done with liquid liner, pencil liner and/or using a dark shade of eyeshadow (we’re big fans of using deep shadow colors as subtle liners). If you opt for this liner swag, you should keep the rest of your makeup low-key and allow the focal point to be your eyes.
It’s also super easy to replicate at home: simply draw a straight line from the outside corner of your eye so it aligns with the end tip of our eyebrow (that’s how you’ll know you have the angles right). Then, keeping your eye fully open, draw another straight line that starts right where your eyelid creases on the outside corner. Keep the length of the lines identical and make sure there is space between the two. In fact, it’s such an easy upgrade, we think we might retire the cat eye for a little bit.
What do you think of this fresh take on a cat eye? What is your ideal liner look? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
(h/t InStyle; featured photo + photo via Slaven Vlasic/Getty)