When I saw Schellea Fowler from Fabulous50s drawing what looked like a monster tooth on her eyelid, I didn’t think it was going to turn out well. But to my surprise, it is actually the secret to a successful cat eye if you are over 50-ish.
That’s because most other techniques don’t take into consideration all the nooks and crannies we have earned by the time we reach midlife. Also, gravity. You can draw what looks like an upturned line on your eyelid while holding your skin taut, but when you let it go, that line likely will head south.
And this is why, apparently, drawing a teepee shape in the outer corner of your eyelid will look like a lovely cat eye when your mature eyelid is at rest. But don’t take it from me, watch Schellea in action below.
Supplies You’ll Need:
Most makeup artists recommend using a primer on your eyelids, especially when you’re doing a bold look. It also helps lock looks in place if you have oily eyelids. I have this one by Ilia, and I love it.
2. Eyeliner Pen
If you want that dark, black, bold look, this pick from Laura Geller is a good choice. Plus, it’s easy(ish) to control, just like a regular pen, though it might take some getting used to for makeup newbies. But practice makes perfect! I love the mature beauty focus of Laura Geller, too.
3. Black Eye Shadow
This can be a good choice for mature eyes because it creates a softer look. It’s also more forgiving since you’re not creating a hard line. This palette from Lime Crime has a collection of fun colors, including classic black, for a good price. Keep it simple with an all-black cat-eye, or experiment with multiple colors (on a budget).
4. Gel Eyeliner
Gel eyeliner is a combination product somewhere between powder and liquid eyeliner. It provides that intense staying power of liquid eyeliner without the too-harsh look. If you’re looking for a multi-tasker (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?), this Kat Von D pomade does triple-duty as an eyeliner, shadow, and brow filler. Plus, it’s vegan, cruelty-free, and waterproof.
5. Angled Brush
Of course, the right applicators are crucial, too. This affordable 3-pack of angled brushes features various sizes so that you can find the perfect applicator for your look. Keep it subtle with the smallest brush, or go for bold and dramatic wings with a large one. And at under $10, this pack helps stretch your dollar even further.
6. Setting Spray
Finally, setting spray locks your look in place, ensuring it looks as good at 8 am as it does at 8 pm. You can dip your brush into this setting spray before using powder eye shadow as a liner to get more control and give it more staying power. Or, you can spritz it over your final look to set it in place.
As our bodies and faces change with age, so should our make-up techniques. While I was a pretty harsh skeptic when I first saw Fowler’s unique technique, I’m now convinced of its efficacy. So long, droopy wings—hello, perky monster teeth.