There is no make-up look I’ve seen more worn by women than that of the ubiquitous “cat eye” makeup. It is usually done in a combination of ways, but always involves liquid liner to produce that hard edge top eyelid line that defines a graphic “cat eye” make-up. And with a flick up in the corner, any girl can instantly get daily glam without feeling too made up. When buying liquid liner, by default I always go to black, for some reason and I get it in pen style for ease of use. Liquid liners with a brush and a bottle go on too black and thick for me and for some reason and I end up looking too hard, but pens can still be really harsh if they are very dark…like the one I use now. My eyes are like daggers lined by black ink. I accept that black is the fashion… But I recently discovered that charcoal grey is a great alternative, if you like the polished elegance of the cat-eye, want to still be in vogue, but don’t want to look as stern with super black lined graphic eyes.
So as you can see with my photos, there is a only subtle difference between black and grey. But you can see how grey liner is a lot softer, and gentler, it opens up my eyes a bit more and still is a cat eye make-up. In the black liner photo, I used all the same make-ups as the grey liner photo, but with black, you can see how my eyes are more emphasized and I look harder and edgier.
So which do you prefer? Hard edgy black, or sweetly composed grey? These days I’ve been going for charcoal grey liner since I find that sometimes, less darkness on the face can actually be appealing, and maybe even more youthful. Try it out and let me know what you think. Make-up and being a girl is all about the details and small things!