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There isn’t an occasion for which a cat-eye makeup look doesn’t work. A universal beauty trend, it just needs the best eyeliners and a deft hand. 

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On-fleek cat-eye makeup is easier said than done though. The trick is to pay close attention to details, use the right liner, and practise, practise, practise.

cat-eye makeup

May we emphasise how you might need the best of beauty tools to nail the look to absolute purr-fection. Since we’re all stuck at home, this is the best time to practise that neat cat-eye you have been coveting. 

cat-eye makeup

While there are gel, liquid, or kohl’s to choose from, it’s imperative that you choose a felt tip liner as your ultimate cat-eye weapon. We’ve been testing out a number of eyeliners in India, looking for ones that combine ease, texture, precision, and durability. Our favourite ones? Take a look. 

M.A.C Brushstroke Liner, Rs 2,300

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A water-proof liner that lasts all day long? Bring it on. It comes with a tapered brush tip and finishes up into a soft matte look. The way it adds definition to the eye is the reason why it’s noteworthy.

Smashbox Always On Liner, Rs 2,150 

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Apart from the fact that it comes in a ravishing ergonomic packaging, the Always on Liner is for those looking for dramatic eyes. The black is rich, the precision is impeccable but what does catch our eye? The easy-to-control tip along with a beautiful finish. It’s also quick-drying.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, Rs 2,100


Stila’s waterproof liquid eyeliner is a cult classic for a good reason. It comes in two different styles: the original and the microtip. The latter helps you draw with more precision. We also love that you can get it in loads of different colours because who said cat eye makeup always had to be black?

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, Rs 3,900

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen

A dual-ended liquid eyeliner, Tom Ford knows a thing or two about keeping it slick. Whether it’s the dramatic wing tip or a captivating doe-eyed look, this ultimate fine calligraphy pen will surely deliver exacting results.

Diorshow Art Pen, Rs 2,200 (approx)

Diorshow Art Pen

As fun, creative, and easy as drawing with a felt tip — the Diorshow Art Pen makes for a great option for women who love to get experimental with their liner shapes and angles. It’s one of the most versatile eyeliners and can get you perfect cat eyes, smoky eyes, or even a combination of both. 

Benefit Roller Liner, Rs 2,110

Benefit Roller Liner

This liner features an easy-glide with precision felt tip for sharp and controlled lines, and a super-smooth application. The quick-dry, waterproof formula lasts up to 24 hours, and won’t fade, flake, bleed, or smudge. It’s also nice and grippy, minimising any slip-ups on application. 

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Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.