Every beauty guru knows that behind a good cat eye is a precise hand — and a great eyeliner.hile nailing the perfect wing takes time and practice (that’s on you), we can help you out in the liner department. We love using a gel liner instead of a pencil or a liquid for our cat eyes because they’re less messy than a liquid and glide just as nicely across the lash line. Ahead, we rounded up five of our favorites, so you can nail your cat eye every time and so you can kiss those clean-up cotton swabs goodbye.
Long-wear gel eyeliner formulas are awesome for creating cat eyes that don’t budge — until you go to take them off. That struggle is real. If you have lash extensions, or just hate tugging at your delicate eye area to remove your wing, try an oil-free option like this liner pot. It goes on super smooth and is so pigmented that a single dip will coat your brush.
Thanks to its creamy, easy-to-apply texture, Smudge Pot is an excellent choice for the makeup rookie. You’ll be amazed at how clean-cut and razor-sharp you can make your cat eye using just a small, angled brush.
Some beauty junkies shy away from gel eyeliners because they don’t like using a brush. If that sounds like you, allow us to introduce the Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner. Simply glide the fine tip along your upper lash line for a straight-edge cat eye or smudge it along your outer corner for a smoky finish.
This gel liner is our go-to for achieving that crisp, patent-leather-esque cat eye line. The finish is glossy, rich and lasts for hours. The satisfying shine it gives off makes us want to draw cat eyes over and over again.