Slay Your NYE Party Look With This ’60s-Inspired Glitter Cat Eye

December 28, 2021
Mary Honkus
By: Mary Honkus | by L'Oréal
New Years Eve Smoky Glitter Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial
Early 2000s beauty trends may have stolen the spotlight in 2021, but we think ’60s-inspired makeup will be next year’s star. To stay on top of the trend, we enlisted the help of professional makeup artist Jonet Williamson to create a dramatic, ’60s-inspired glitter cat eye that’s perfect for New Years Eve. Slay your NYE party by following her simple six-step tutorial, below.
  • STEP 1:

    Lay the Base

    After priming the eye, apply a dark brown matte eyeshadow all over your lid — extending the color up past the crease and over to the outer corner. Then, go over the brown shadow with a matte olive green shade (like the Ofra Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Olive). “Layers of color give a smoky eye dimension so it doesn’t look flat,” says Williamson.

  • STEP 2: 

    Define the Lower Lash Line

    Using the Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner in Café Noir, line your lower lash line from the outer corner to the center. Gently smudge using a small blending brush for a smoky effect, then apply the eyeliner along your water line from the outer corner stopping in the middle.

side by side images of person wearing green glitter and brown eyeshadow and person applying brown eyeshadow to eyelid
  • STEP 3:

    Add Some Sparkle

    Apply a green glitter shadow — like the Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow in Psych — over the matte base, blending upwards to extend the glitter.

    New Years Eve Smoky Glitter Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial
  • STEP 4:

    Pack on the Glitter

    Glitterfy your eyes by mixing the Valentino Beauty Dreamdust Glitter Eyeshadow in Silver Spark with setting spray. Then, using a flat eyeshadow brush, tap the glitter onto your eyelid and diffuse it out to the edge of your eyes. Pro tip: if you experience any glitter fallout, press a piece of tape onto the affected area to latch onto any stray flecks.

side by side images of person applying green eyeshadow to eyelid and person wearing green glitter eyeshadow
  • STEP 5:

    Exaggerate the '60s Cat Eye

    To achieve that dramatic ’60s cat eye look, dip a cotton swab in micellar water and trace it along the outer edge of the eye to get a sharp, rounded edge.

  • STEP 6:

    Add Finishing Touches

    Finish the look with two coats of mascara and a swipe of neutral lipstick. Now you’re ready to dance the night away!

person wearing smokey green eyeshadow and holding disco ball over head
Photography: Chaunte Vaugh, Associate Creative Director: Melissa San Vicente-Landestoy, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Visual Designer: Juliana Campisi, Associate Content Director: Sarah Ferguson, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Badiyi, Digital Tech: Paul Yem, Photo Assistant: Sam Kang, Model: Shayne

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