How to Make a Cat Face With Makeup

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Perhaps the most ubiquitous lazy girl Halloween costume, the cat is beloved by procrastinators, and for good reason — it's equal parts affordable, achievable and adorable. If you're feeling feline and looking for the best way to create this go-to costume, we've got a few tricks that'll get you party-ready in no time, that is, if you have a pair of pointed ears at your disposal. We'll even show you how to embellish the look with leopard spots, if you're looking to put a modern twist on the silhouette.

(Image: Michele Anderson)

Things You'll Need

  • Eyeshadow primer
  • Blending brush
  • White eyeliner
  • Shimmery neutral eyeshadow (like a salmon shade)
  • Flat brush
  • Darker eyeshadow (like medium brown)
  • Black gel eyeliner
  • Black eyeshadow
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara
  • False lashes (optional)
  • Black liquid liner
  • Matte lip pencil (like a purple shade)
  • Lip gloss (like a pink shade)
  • Gold liquid eyeliner

Tip

  • Before you begin, start with a primed base: apply foundation, fill in your brows, and highlight your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and the middle of your forehead.

Step 1

Apply eyeshadow primer to your eyelids for a long-lasting look.

(Image: Michele Anderson)
(Image: Michele Anderson)
(Image: Michele Anderson)
(Image: Michele Anderson)

Step 2

Highlight the inner corners of your eyes with white liners and extend the corners of the liner down toward your nose. Blend with your fingers and a brush.

(Image: Michele Anderson)
(Image: Michele Anderson)

Step 3

Apply a shimmery neutral eyeshadow (we used a salmon color) all over your lid. Apply with a flat brush for more intense color.

(Image: Michele Anderson)

Step 4

Apply a darker shade of eyeshadow (we used a medium brown) in the crease, from the outer corner to about halfway across your lid. Blend the edges with a clean blending brush.

(Image: Michele Anderson)
(Image: Michele Anderson)

Step 5

Apply dark brown shadow with a small flat brush to your eye line to outline the cat eye shape to smoke out the cat eye before adding black liner.

(Image: Michele Anderson)

Step 6

Line your upper lid, starting from the middle of the eye and creating a progressively thicker line as you work your way outward. Line the inner half of the upper lid with a fine line and connect with the rest of the line.

(Image: Michele Anderson)

Step 7

Apply black shadow over the liner with an eyeliner brush and smoke it up with a clean blending brush.

(Image: Michele Anderson)
(Image: Michele Anderson)

Once you're done smoking out the cat eye, use a clean blending brush to connect the dark brown crease color with the black liner shadow at the corner of your eye.

Step 8

Apply the shimmery shadow to the middle of your eyelids to highlight.

(Image: Michele Anderson)

Step 9

Curl lashes and apply mascara to upper lashes.

(Image: Michele Anderson)
(Image: Michele Anderson)

Step 10

Apply white liner to the inner corners of your eyes and extend the line down toward your nose and blend with a brush.

(Image: Michele Anderson)
(Image: Michele Anderson)

Step 11

Apply false lashes, if desired.

(Image: Michele Anderson)

Step 12

Use black liquid liner to color in the bottom half of your nose.

(Image: Michele Anderson)

Extend the liner down to your cupid's bow in the middle of your lips, and create small dots on either side of the line.

(Image: Michele Anderson)
(Image: Michele Anderson)

Draw on whiskers with the liquid liner as well.

(Image: Michele Anderson)

Step 13

Outline your top lip with white liner to highlight. Lightly blend with your finger.

(Image: Michele Anderson)

Fill in your top lip with a matte lip pencil. We used a purple shade.

(Image: Michele Anderson)

Apply a lip gloss in a different shade to your bottom lip. We used a pink shade.

(Image: Michele Anderson)

Step 14

You can put on your cat ears and call it a day, or you can add a few leopard spots to the look.

(Image: Michele Anderson)

Step 15

To create the leopard spots, take your black liquid liner and draw "C" shapes in various directions.

(Image: Michele Anderson)
(Image: Michele Anderson)

Fill in the "C" shapes with gold liquid eye liner.

(Image: Michele Anderson)
(Image: Michele Anderson)

Complete the look with a pair of cat ears.

(Image: Michele Anderson)
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