The Modern Cat Eye.

Hello City Girls! There are occasions that call for a cat eye, some of which are a casual Tuesday morning. My lovely model Ally stopped by with her new Eyeko duo wanting a lesson in application. She, like many of us, loves the look of a defined lash line, but had bad luck with other products that did not make it past 2pm without flaking off. I’ve been a loyal customer of Eyeko after hearing that it was the cornerstone of Adele’s signature look, and recommended she buy it. 

The keys to modernize this retro look: dewy skin, flushed cheeks, and a pink pout.

Ally’s skin has been extremely dry due to the low temperatures we’ve been having in New York. I used Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Moisturizing Balm on a Real Techniques stippling brush, and buffed it all over her face in a circular motion. Next, I concealed the darkness under her eyes with my all time favorite Bobbi Brown corrector and concealer (she calls it the secret of the universe). I primed her lid with The Balm Put a Lid on It, and dusted a pale pink shimmer shadow up to the crease. To define her lid, I put a golden brown shade into her crease and blended it with a clean brush until it resembled a shadow.

To start the Eyeko liner, I held it like a pencil with the tip pointed toward her ears. I worked it backwards in a downward slant over the lash line so that it was thicker at the outer corners and thinner as it moved toward the nose. **Expert tip: with the ring finger, lift the lid up the tiniest bit while the eye is closed to ensure the liner hits the lashes. If not, it could look like it’s floating on the eye** After both eyes were finished, I swiped on 2 coats of the Eyeko skinny mascara which thickened and defined her lashes. I mean, look at those!

To finish the look, I took the same stippling brush with Nyx Rouge cream blush in Hot Pink over her cheekbones. I dabbed a little bit more cream blush on a lip brush and patted it over her lips. What do you guys think? Do you dare to create a cat eye for day?

City Girl smarts: Why pay $995 for a Fendi clutch, when you can pay $17.95 for a similar style at H&M? I would save my hard-earned money on a leather jacket I would have for life, rather than an on-trend accessory from a designer that’s in one season and out the next.
Look to stores like Gap, ASOS, Target, H&M, Modcloth, Forever 21 and Topshop to add trendy pieces without going over budget. 

City Girl smarts: Why pay $995 for a Fendi clutch, when you can pay $17.95 for a similar style at H&M? I would save my hard-earned money on a leather jacket I would have for life, rather than an on-trend accessory from a designer that’s in one season and out the next.

Look to stores like Gap, ASOS, Target, H&M, Modcloth, Forever 21 and Topshop to add trendy pieces without going over budget. 

Just what I’ve been craving! Gap suede Oxfords worn with J.Brand jeans.  (Taken with instagram)

Just what I’ve been craving! Gap suede Oxfords worn with J.Brand jeans. (Taken with instagram)