How to Do a Cat-Eye

For your bad-ass girl-gang look.

Nicki's makeup by Arabelle, hair by Charles Olson, styling by Tavi, photo by Petra.

We loved how Arabelle did Nicki’s eyes in the photo above, from the beginning of October on Rookie. And how the style looked in Chrissie White’s girl gang photos from yesterday. We asked Arabelle to show us how to do it on ourselves, and she obliged with the video below.

Video edited by Rivkah.

Next month Jane Marie from the Hairpin will do a video tutorial for us on the look OF YOUR CHOICE. Tell us whose makeup and hair and ESSENCE you want to steal: Beyoncé in the “Why Don’t You Love Me” video? Debbie Harry? Josephine Baker? Audrey Horne? Margot Tenenbaum? The Ronettes? Penny Lane? Or someone not on this list that you’re obsessed with? Vote in the comments!


  • marimba_girl November 15th, 2011 11:11 PM

    Lovely look! Especially like how the liner is purple:) My only question is, how can she wear mascara with her glasses? When I do I get mascara all over my glasses after an hour or so because when I blink my lashes touch the lenses. But I’m glad she’s rocking the glasses, more girls should!

    • Arabelle November 16th, 2011 1:38 AM

      ♥! well, it’s simple, i just do it! the only thing is that i don’t wear false lashes with these glasses. my lashes are long, but they aren’t so long as so they bump up against my glasses.

    • Anaheed November 16th, 2011 3:08 AM

      I would also say: curl your lashes! I wear glasses and they don’t touch my glasses when I’ve curled them.

  • Marie November 15th, 2011 11:15 PM


  • bombdiggidee November 15th, 2011 11:15 PM

    i would really like to see a ronettes down do’ hair tutorial. unfortunately i’ve been graced with flat, pin straight hair and i just really like the ‘bump it’ look.

  • Jamie November 15th, 2011 11:16 PM

    omg connected eyebrow cat eye. i laughed

  • grete-samsa November 15th, 2011 11:21 PM

    I love this! Cat eyes are my favorite, I’m definitely going to do this look tomorrow morning.

    And WE’RE GETTING JANE MARIE? Just when I think Rookie can’t get any more awesome than it already is, it just keeps getting better!

  • mirandab17 November 15th, 2011 11:22 PM

    shes so cool. that hair. is so cool. those glasses. are so cool. gah!!

  • Yasemin November 15th, 2011 11:40 PM

    I get frustrated, because I have that weird extra skin thing too! My eyeliner never looks even.
    But what I like to do is, if I make mistakes due to shaky hands or something, I like to dip a Q-tip in eye makeup remover and use that to correct mistakes.

    • Arabelle November 16th, 2011 1:38 AM

      me too! qtips are my lifesaver.

  • Stephanie November 16th, 2011 12:14 AM

    This was an awesome tutorial. I’ve been kinda winging the cat eye for years, but thinking about it as a triangle totally helps. Also loooove your glasses, Arabelle!

  • marixxxo November 16th, 2011 12:26 AM

    i have always wanted to know how to do a Brigitte Bardot bouffant and other 60′s esque makeup and hair.. please help me rookie!

  • Olivia November 16th, 2011 12:30 AM

    THAAAAANK YOU i am so bad at it haha

  • wollstonecraft November 16th, 2011 12:37 AM

    This is great. I don’t wear make up but if I ever attempt to this is so what’s going to happen

  • broguishrogue November 16th, 2011 12:50 AM

    Arabelle is STRAIGHT-UP adorable, lovely tutorial <3

  • Bren November 16th, 2011 1:18 AM

    Agh! I have extra skin on one eyelid.
    It’s the worst thing ever. One side will have perfect eye make-up for hours and then the other will mess up immediately.

    Cool tutorial, thank you!

  • Chandler November 16th, 2011 2:07 AM

    I absolutley loved this! I am so trying this, all I need to do is get a new liquid eyeliner, my old one dried up. :/ Also, I saw that she had “bloody nails” where you make the brush strokes of the red nail polish look like blood for her nail polish (I am pretty sure) I do that on my nails too! :)

    xoxo Chandler

  • amelia November 16th, 2011 7:51 AM

    this is basically my daily eye makeup, haha :) with a lot of smudgey black on the bottom, like half mod, half grunge. i think everyone looks good in a cat eye- try it if you never have!

  • brynntheredonethat November 16th, 2011 8:43 AM

    I love it! Can it be done the same with pencil, if it’s sharp enough?

  • tinytractor November 16th, 2011 10:10 AM

    yay cat eye and kenny vasoli singing in the background

  • Pinkwitchcraft November 16th, 2011 11:21 AM

    You are so pretty! I love your hair! thanks so much for this tutorial!

  • cookiesandcandies November 16th, 2011 12:37 PM

    I second marixxo, Bardot!

  • Renatotherescue November 16th, 2011 12:44 PM


  • Yip November 16th, 2011 1:46 PM

    I can’t choose between Debbie Harry & Audrey Horne…
    I love the tutorial !

  • chrissiew November 16th, 2011 1:59 PM

    I never do a triangle cat eye since i like the end of mine to be curved up but i find that it helps make applying the eyeliner more smoothly if you pull the outside corner of your eye a bit with the hand that’s not applying it. wow does that even make sense. anyway you are so cute i just wanna pat you on the head. :+)

  • garconniere November 16th, 2011 2:05 PM

    thanks for fueling my already raging crush on arabelle. i usually use black eyeliner but now i’m going to go see if my local pharmacy carries any urban decay coloured liners… looks so cool!

  • moonchild November 16th, 2011 2:38 PM


  • Hazel November 16th, 2011 3:00 PM

    I love love love doing cat eyes, but I actually don’t do a triangle. I do a sweeping line from the very far end of my upwards, so it’s like my lashline just continues up towards my brow. Then I just keep thickening that line. Also that eyeliner is SICK uuugh Urban Decay is so cool. I love doing cat eyes with their glitter liner.

  • I.ila November 16th, 2011 4:57 PM

    I love the purple hair + eyeliner. unfortunately i have so much darn eyelid that if i try to put on too much liner on my lid then it smudges almost immediately and it looks like I’ve been punched… I just finish the line on the bottom and go up, then smudge it to connect it with the upper.

  • fizzing November 16th, 2011 5:01 PM

    Can’t wait to try this out! Hmm.. I would definitely steal twiggy’s eyeballs and surrounding areas right off her face!

  • Teawithkarl November 16th, 2011 5:14 PM

    I totally love it! Edie sedgwick would be nice to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please

  • CoraBoraeAlis November 16th, 2011 6:07 PM

    Oh please do Audrey Horne!! PLEASE!!

  • diana November 16th, 2011 6:49 PM

    what is the name of the song in the video??? i want it! please!

  • lillyfbaby91 November 16th, 2011 7:10 PM

    Holy sssss. I love your glasses, where did you get them/what brand/etc?

    As for Jane, ANYTHING SHE CAN TEACH US. She is flawless.

  • eeahoh November 16th, 2011 7:10 PM

    Real lovely~ Though have you any tips for a more shorter, curlier(?) liner?

    And please please, the Bjork ‘Big Time Sensuality’ hair-buns would be fonking awesome. Thanks!

    • oriana November 16th, 2011 11:50 PM


  • haileyhallie November 16th, 2011 9:25 PM

    after watching the royal tenenbaums, i was so deeply moved by gwenyth paltrow’s haircut that i promptly ran upstairs and chopped off 11 inches of my hair with kitchen scissors (while listening to “needle in the hay” on repeat-how’s that for teen angst?). my hair isn’t nearly as fantastic as margot tenenbaum’s, can you please do a tutorial on her? pretty pleeeeease?

  • Amy Rose November 16th, 2011 9:31 PM

    urban decay is my favorite ever. a) this tutorial ruled and b) SO EXCITED FOR JANE MARIE! i want to steal her hair and makeup and essence, okay?

  • WinnieB. November 16th, 2011 9:52 PM

    Ugh this is amazing. Is suggest that you guys do a different makeup and hair how-to every month. :) That said, Clara Bow or Audrey Horne would be amazing.

  • missmaebell November 16th, 2011 11:00 PM

    Thanks for posting this! I have been trying to perfect the cat eye for years now and I think I’ve watched every tutorial there is. My problem is with my eye lids. (and really this goes for pretty much all eye make up) My eye lids are sorta everything just disappears. I usually sport relatively thin eye liner (which does show up) and the mascara. Do you have any tips to help me out with the cat eye? I’m so in love with the look, but can’t seem to make it work for me :(

  • nathalie November 16th, 2011 11:12 PM

    Audrey Horne and Clara Bow are both AWESOME suggestions!! plz Jane, plzzzz

  • EricaX November 16th, 2011 11:29 PM

    AHHH JANE MARIE! I love love love her tutorials. So excited. I can’t even think of something I would like for her to do because she is T H A T fantastic.

  • oriana November 16th, 2011 11:48 PM

    aaaw you are so cute and pretty! and you made me giggle when you said “so i kinda have to fix mother nature’s error” :D i myself have to fill in my eyebrows a little bit because mother nature left me with some sparse brows, hahah.

  • tealights November 17th, 2011 12:23 PM

    Audrey Horne, pretty please!

  • Harlz November 17th, 2011 1:25 PM

    Very classy!

  • Harlz November 17th, 2011 1:25 PM


  • iamaschmouder November 17th, 2011 4:18 PM

    All of the credit links below the pictures don’t work. >:( I want to scope the photographer.

    • Anaheed November 17th, 2011 4:25 PM

      The links are working fine for me…maybe try a different browser?

  • darksideoftherainbow November 17th, 2011 11:53 PM

    awesome tutorial! i have the same problem with my eyes…the extra skin on one. it helps to shape it some with my eye open and then close it to fill it in. you’re really good with liquid liner! plus, THANK YOU for introducing me to that wonderful product…the color is gorgeous and now i absolutely need it!

  • arielmnop November 18th, 2011 8:20 PM

    Hi! awesome tutorial!
    quick question– what glasses are you wearing— i am completely in love with them.

  • dillylonlon November 19th, 2011 8:50 AM


  • whatalovelytime November 21st, 2011 7:39 PM

    yay, thank you! Im hoping after watching this I can finally get it right this time!

  • thekitties23 November 22nd, 2011 2:01 AM


  • lapetiteprincesse November 22nd, 2011 2:54 AM

    PENNY LANE! I fell in love with her character the first time I saw her, so refreshing! or Effy from skins maybe but that’s been done many times.

  • peterpancakes November 24th, 2011 11:03 PM

    Effy from skins would definitely be cool!

    p.s. Arabelle you are awesome and have the greatest hair ever. :D

  • maggiemadge November 27th, 2011 11:04 PM

    Adorable eye look! Can it be worn as a daytime look?

  • maggiemadge November 27th, 2011 11:07 PM

    I pick Debbie Harry!

  • siimonek April 20th, 2012 11:17 PM

    Hey y’all! just wanted to throw out there what I think is key when applying liquid eyeliner for a cat eye look: With liquid liner I seem to think of it a little more mathematical/precise so I first start out by figuring out the outside angle of the cat eye, drawing just a thin line on each eye, trying to make the angles match. Like Arabelle said, I also never connect my cat eye all the way up to my eyebrows, even on my boldest of days, but it helps tremendously if you imagine the thin line connecting the outside corner of your eye and going straight into the outside corner of your eyebrow. When you get the angle as good as its gonna get, THEN you can connect in back to your eye, choosing how bold you want the triangle. Once you get that angle right the rest is a piece of cake!