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.

New Year’s Eve Smoky Glitter Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial
  • 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.

New Years Eve Smoky Glitter Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial
  • 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!

New Years Eve Smoky Glitter Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial
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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