Monthly Archives: June 2016

Creative Cat Eye Tips

If Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, and Amy Winehouse are any indication, the classic cat eye has been trending for decades. And although we love a simple, unfussy flick, there are many ways to up the drama factor and take your basic eyeliner wing to new heights. To give you some inspiration, we came up with three creative versions of cat-eye makeup using Inglot Cosmetics AMC Eyeliner Gel, a pigmented, long-wearing gel eyeliner that dries to a budge-proof matte finish. If you’re itching to break out of your liner rut, give these fearless looks a try.

Need to brush up on the basics? Check out our step-by-step tutorial for an easy way to master simple winged eyeliner.

The Double Wing

This look is striking in a subtle way, and it’s surprisingly easy to pull off. First, use an eyeliner brush, like Wayne Goss Brush 08, to apply basic winged eyeliner to your upper lid. Next, draw a thinner, smaller wing on your lower lashline. It should extend straight out from the center of your lower lashes. Use a pointed cotton swab dipped in Bioderma Sensibio H20 to clean up any rough edges (a handy trick to try with any of these looks).

The Cleopatra

This sultry statement look, an homage to Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, brings all the attention to your eyes. Start by tightlining your upper and lower eyelids, and then apply eyeliner to your upper and lower lashlines. Connect the upper and lower eyeliner with a wing that extends from the outer corner of your eye. It should angle up towards the end of your eyebrow. Using a fine-tipped eyeliner brush, like Wayne Goss Brush 20, trace along the inner corner of your eye to finish with a sharp point.

The Fat Cat

Inspired by ‘60s starlets like Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn, this retro look is a much thicker version of your basic cat eye. We find it easiest to start by drawing the outline of your wing, and then extending the line along your crease to the inner corner of your eye. Using short strokes, fill the empty space inside your outline with eyeliner. For added drama, tightline your upper eyelid before you begin.

Winged Eyeliner Tips

The classic cat eye, though a popular makeup style that’s been around for decades, can be a huge pain to master. It seems so effortless—just finish off your eyeliner with a neat little wing for instantly bigger, brighter eyes. Easy, right? Not for those of us whose failed attempts at a flawless feline flick end with makeup remover and a lot of frustration.

Fortunately, there are products out there that make winged eyeliner much easier to get right. For the tutorial below, we ditched our tricky liquid liner in favor of Inglot Cosmetics AMC Eyeliner Gel, a richly pigmented gel liner that dries to a long-lasting matte finish. The creamy texture makes it easy to paint on a perfect cat eye in just a few minutes. Plus, it’s smudge-proof, crease-proof, and waterproof. (Pro tip: To keep your Eyeliner Gel fresh, partially peel back the protective liner on top of the jar without fully removing it. If needed, you can also moisten the product with a few drops of Duraline.)

To get you started on your way to becoming a winged eyeliner pro, here’s a tutorial on how to use gel eyeliner to draw a classic cat eye.

Step 1
Start by using an angled eyeliner brush, such as Wayne Goss Brush 08, to line your upper lashes. Dip the brush into your Eyeliner Gel and draw a thin line that hugs the base of your lashline.

Step 2
Next, draw a slightly thicker line from the inner corner to the outer corner of your eye. This line should start out very thin and get slightly thicker as you continue towards your outermost eyelash.

Step 3
Draw a thin wing that points up and out from the outer corner of your eye. The wing’s tip should angle up towards the end of your eyebrow. Use a pointed cotton swab dipped in Bioderma Sensibio H2O to clean up any mistakes and carve out a crisp, sharp flick.

If you’re a beginner, you can also map out your cat eye with small dots before tracing over them with eyeliner.

Cleaning Your Natural Brushes

You’ve probably heard how important it is to clean your makeup brushes regularly. But did you know that brushes with natural bristles (such as goat, squirrel, or fitch) should be treated differently than their synthetic counterparts? Though natural brushes normally shed when you first use them, with proper maintenance, you can minimize shedding and help your brushes stay soft and supple for years to come. Keep reading for a rundown on the best way to clean and care for your natural brushes.

Between Makeup Applications
Washing your natural brushes too frequently can damage their delicate bristles. Keep them clean and conditioned between uses with these tips:

1. Wipe off any excess product onto a microfiber towel. Fine, natural hair is not very porous, so it should release pigment easily.

2. Spot clean with a no-rinse spray cleanser, such as BeautySoClean Conditioning Brush Spray. This step is crucial if you’re a makeup artist or have oily, acne-prone skin. BeautySoClean uses food-grade alcohol to gently sanitize your brush and emollients to keep the hairs soft between washings.

Bi-monthly Bathtime
Deep clean your natural brushes every 1-2 months with a gentle brush shampoo. We recommend Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoo, a line of solid cleansers formulated with coconut and essential oils to banish dirt, oil, makeup, and bacteria—all without stripping your brushes. (Pro tip: Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoos can also be used on synthetic brushes and sponges.) Bathe your brushes by following these steps:

1. Wet the bristles under lukewarm running water, angling downward to ensure that the metal ferrule of the brush doesn’t get wet. Water in your brush’s ferrule can eventually break down the glue holding the handle and the bristles together.

2. Swish the wet brush directly into Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoo to create a delicate lather.

3. Continue to swish the wet, foamy bristles gently in the palm of your clean hand. You’ll begin to see makeup pigment release.

4. Rinse the brush just like you did in the first step, pointing the brush tip downward under lukewarm running water. Use your fingers to gently move the hair around to ensure that all makeup and soap has been rinsed clean.

5. Gently squeeze out any excess water and place your brush in a Brush Guard. These breathable mesh sleeves help to maintain your brush’s shape and keep bristles in like-new condition.