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6 tutorials on how to achieve the trendy foxy eye makeup

Don’t worry, it’s not a look that requires you to actually look like a fox.

Finally, a beauty trend that’s doable for the common folk and not just for runway models and celebrities. In case your algorithm hasn’t brought you up to speed, foxy eye makeup has been trending all over Instagram. We’ve seen many interpretations of the look online, but they all have the same fox-like features that you usually find on, well, a fox.

The trend is allegedly inspired by Bella Hadid who often sports a foxy eye makeup look to give the illusion of elongated eyes. As for why it’s fox-like, it’s because it has sharp inner corners and an extended wingtip. Some even go as far as shaving their eyebrows thinner, contouring the sides of their nose to make it look sharp, and pulling their hair back for photos to give an even more lifted look. It’s also a recreation of almond-shaped eyes, much like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner’s.

What is foxy eye makeup?

The foxy eye makeup is one of the most viral and flattering eye looks that has been doing the rounds of the internet, thanks to celebrities like Bella Hadid. The style makes the eyes seem longer, giving it a tapered look simply with the help of an eyeliner. The sharp edges and thinly winged eyeliner take your eye makeup a notch higher, creating a sultry look.

How do you get the foxy eye look?

You can ace the foxy eye makeup in five easy steps: 

  1. Start by prepping your eyelids with a primer. Once you have a smooth base, choose a shade from your eyeshadow palette that closely matches your skin colour. Apply it on the lid using a fluffy blending brush. This will be your transition shade for the look. 
  2. Now add depth to the crease area with a slightly darker eyeshadow shade. Apply it with a precise crease brush in a windshield motion to properly buff the colour out.  
  3. Now start defining your eyes using eyeliner. To make sure that your liner is thin, you can either use gel eyeliner with a brush or a pen eyeliner for more control over eyeliner strokes.  
  4. Extend the eyeliner and flick it towards your brow bone or temples while keeping it thin. Elongate it further towards the brow bone as much as you like. Alternatively, you can also smoke out the eyeliner for a more natural look. 
  5. Now clean the edges using a Q-tip and apply mascara as usual. You can also add false lashes to the look to make it look more sultry. Apply some highlighter in the inner corner of your eyes, and you are done.  

How is it different from cat eye?

The foxy eye makes the shape of your eyes seem longer by extending the outer and inner corner of the eyeliner to resemble the shape of the eyes of a fox, unlike cat eye which is similar to a winged eyeliner look. 

Also, the eyeliner for a foxy eye look is drawn to the desired length towards the brow bone, whereas, in a cat-eye look, it is usually winged and the eyeliner can be thicker than usual.

The products required for foxy eye makeup include an eye primer, eyeliner, eye brush concealer and eyeshadow palette in neutral shades. Adding false lashes will create a more defined and flattering look. Have a handful of Q-tips nearby to clean up any makeup mishaps.

Bella Hadid
Bella Hadid
Kendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner

Itching to hop onto the bandwagon? These YouTube tutorials should help. The foxy eye look is seemingly suited for all eye shapes, including those that have epicanthic folds.

Brianna Fox’s tutorial will be one of the first videos to appear if you searched “fox eye makeup”. Her video has garnered over 700,000 views in just one month. She not only demonstrates but also shares her tips and hacks on how to pull it off flawlessly.

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Judy is one of the only few beauty gurus that has epicanthic folds — so if you have those, this is the video for you. In her video, she teaches how she draws the inner corner and her tips on how to make it work even on Asian eyes.

Rachel’s video is much simpler and 100% achievable. She combines the fox eye trend and her regular glam look into one, so it’s more wearable.

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Looking for a more informative video? Here’s one. Tina Yong’s tutorial shares a full elaboration on the foxy eye look on her video — not just on how to create the eye look but also other tricks on how to achieve a more lifted look.

Christen Dominique needs no introduction. She’s one of the most popular beauty gurus in the industry, with millions of followers and her own makeup brand ‘Dominique Cosmetics’ might we add. Her foxy makeup look is slightly different, focusing on eyeshadows instead of the heavy eyeliner that everyone is sporting.

Another YouTuber that needs no introduction, Kathleen Lights’ channel is highly raved for her review videos. She often collaborates with Colourpop and even has her own nail polish line, Lights Lacquer.

6 tutorials on how to achieve the trendy foxy eye makeup

Jolin Lee


Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.

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