Cat Eyes and Red Lips ~ Making it Work for a Girl Who’s Not Sure

Yesterday I popped in to see Nicole Mikosky at Luxe Beauty Boutique to learn how to create the perfect kitty cat eyes. My attempt to manipulate Becca’s black creme/gel eyeliner (paraben free FYI) a few days before had left me looking like a raccoon. No amount of makeup remover could fix the mess I’d made.
Thankfully there was a lull to her usually busy day, so she was able to give me the lesson, easy breezy beautiful.

Dip of a bit of the gel at the end of a tiny pointed brush, pulling in little bitty dotted lines across the waterline (never one solid line…ever), while keeping the lid taut, continuing until getting to the corner, at which point lift and pull the lid and the line out and up (still close to the lashes), finishing by gently connecting the line to the lashes under the eye (bottom lashes).

When Nicole had finished with the one eye, she gave me the choice to finish the other or wipe the first one off. Such silliness! I had to let her finish both.

I would have been happy to hop out of the chair, but needing to complete what she started, a dusting of a pale bronzer, a nude shadow across the lid, finished off with Ellis Faas’ Hot Lips in bright red (9 different stains in the collection) and I was ready to go.

The face called for a 1950s full skirt and cardigan, or Audrey’s famous Funny Face ensemble; black tights, black turtleneck, black flats. But I went about my day anyway, off to Target looking ready for pictures.

When I got into the car, a look in the mirror reminded me of an earlier conversation with Nicole regarding the awkwardness I feel in Snow White’s apple stained lip (or any red lip, really, even a blue-based which could be right). Va va va red is a little too much for me.
Nicole’s solution…

Using deeper shades of pink can give off the same effect as a candy apple pout, but the color must be just right, so trying different shades is a good idea. For girls who feel that red is too severe, and girls who aren’t as comfortable wearing a lot of makeup, there’s the pink alternative. Thank goodness for pink.

As soon as I perfect the eyes I’ll go back in to work on the mouth.

Cat eyes and exaggerated lips are much too pretty not to try to get right.


Becca and Ellis Faas can be found at Sephora.

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  3 comments for “Cat Eyes and Red Lips ~ Making it Work for a Girl Who’s Not Sure

  1. February 8, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I want to see your cat eyes – I am useless and just end up looking like I’ve used a sharpie!
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  2. March 1, 2014 at 9:54 am

    And those are indeed really pretty. A nice shade of pink that goes perfectly with her skin tone and her make up.
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    • Martha Merrill Wills
      March 13, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      I love that shade of pink especially on blondes! Thanks for the comment Jessie!

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