Daily Beauty Buzz: Lily Collins's Soft-Focus Cat Eye
If a thick swipe of liquid liner is the makeup equivalent of a shout, then Lily Collins's blurred wing can be considered the sultriest of whispers.
For the Givenchy Spring 2018 show at Paris Fashion Week, the star gave her feline flick a soft focus finish, with kohl lining the perimeter, and the tapered wing graduating out to a tone that walked the line between grey and black. She finished the effect with coordinating peach colors on her cheeks and lips, with a subtle highlight placed on her inner corners.
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A traditional cat eye certainly requires precision, but the beauty of Collins's look is that you don't need a steady hand or immense skill to recreate it—simply arm yourself with a creamy eyeliner you can easily blend out, an eyeshadow in a coordinating color, and a liner brush like Lancôme's Dual-Ended Smudger Brush ($20; nordstrom.com).
Begin by applying a small amount of liner along your upper and lower lash line, mainly along the outer edge. Bring the end of the line to a very small triangle, then use the pointed end of the brush to drag the product out to a wing. Use the flat end of the brush to smudge the upper lash line, diffusing the hue to a soft grey, and repeat the same motion with the very tip along the wing. Repeat on the other eye, then intensify certain areas using the fine end dipped into the eyeshadow.