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DIY cat eye stencil

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Hey beauties! I hope this post finds you well!  As you all know, one of my beauty nemesis’ is the dreaded cat eye, or winged eye. If you follow my blog, you have probably read my post about cat eyes a few months back, if not here it is: Cat Eye? Winged Eye? But I have found a much easier approach rather than relying on the steadiness of my own hand, and it is SIMPLE to make. You probably have all the items already in the room you’re in. So here we go!

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This is literally all you need. Some tape (I would recommend the thicker kind, rather than scotch tape), scissors, a sharpie or any permanent marker, and you’re favorite method of applying jet black eyeliner.

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Cut about 6 inches of tape and then you are going to fold it in half.

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I apologize for the crappy fold job – it was super bumpy. But you want to fold sticky to sticky so that you have two sides nice and smooth.

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Then put the tape against your eye lid – remember you’re making a stencil for eyeliner, so be sure to position it as if you were leaving room for the liner.

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With your marker, draw 2 dots a little tiny bit further out than the corners of your eye.

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Again, sorry for the crappy photo! But you want to mark a third dot right above the 2nd mark you made, like the above picture. Keep in mind, where you draw this dot is how high your wing will be..

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Next, color in the lines. Basically you’re drawing your cat eye right on the tape. (Much easier than drawing it onto your eye!)

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Carefully cut your cat eye out – you only want to cut the part you drew, nothing else, because the tape is going to act as your stencil.

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So it should look something like this…you’re not going to need the marked part anymore (the green part in my photo, so you can trash it). And real quick, some like to use paper or card stock to do their stencils, I found tape works best because it’s flimsy and forms to your skin better. And it’s see through so you can see exactly where you’re placing it! And you can use the same stencil for BOTH eyes.

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Now the fun part – start applying your product! I used Benefit’s Magic Ink Eye Liner. And all your going to do is hold the stencil tightly against your eyelid, and draw. Follow the outline of your stencil. Once you remove it..fill in the spots that didn’t catch the liner, and you should have something pretty close to a cat eye! What’s great is that you can literally flip the template over, and use the same one for the other eye! My first time trying this is what I  got…..

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This was my first attempt – not bad!! I was really impressed with how easy it was..after you take the template off, you do have to clean it up and make the lines smooth, but it really is so much easier than doing it free hand.

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So kind of an example, I used the same template the next day, and I wanted to take a picture to show you what I meant about filling in the holes, and making the line smoother. See how you can see some spots on the lash line? And also on the wing? These are just parts that didn’t get covered when the stencil was on my eye, but it’s super easy to fix! But you can see..the stencil does amazing things! You can have a bunch of them pre-made so if you want a tiny little line, or a big winged eye, you can choose either one.

So I have to say.. I am VERY impressed with this technique, it does take a little practice, and patience, but like I always say..the great part about makeup, is that if you mess up, you can take it off and start over!

I hope this helped :) Let me know what you think..until next time..

xoxo


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