I have decided that this year my eye make up will consist mainly of cat flick eyeliner. Half because I have finally got the hang of it and need to justify the time and energy I spent on it (like a teenage boy learning to do a cab whistle in his bedroom feels the need to show it off at every opportunity).
The other half because I feel like I am possibly getting a little old to get away with the smudged-all-round-my-face eyeliner.
But I need the right eyeliner, because I have oily eyelids. Ugh. I mean it makes sense, the rest of my face is one big oil slick, why would my eyelids be any different? But even eyeliner that claims to be budge-and-smudge proof slides down my face.
As I’ve said before, when you are 25 this is charming. When you are 38, less. I recently went to interview someone and his office was quite warm. In as much as I had given any thought to how I looked I thought I looked fine – presentable. Then I came out of the office and caught sight of myself in a mirror and I was bright red and my eye makeup had sort of pooled under my eyes and gathered in the corners. Awful.
Anyway I have come to the conclusion that, oily eyelids or not, a good cat eye flick starts with eyeshadow base. I know that sounds like an absurd thing to use but it makes such a huge difference to the longevity of your eye make up and when you have spent at least 5 minutes perfecting your flick, for it to wander off by 10.30am is no good.
Next, the eyeliner. I have tried many. I tried the Maybelline one, the Mac one, a Bourjois one and L’Oreal Infallible gel eyeliner. Finally I went to the Chanel counter. I had heard, too, they made a good one but I didn’t want the most expensive one to be the best.
But, weighing in at £31, this eyeliner pen is the one I’d say has the greatest staying power. Even though the lady at the Mac counter warned me, unprompted, that her liner was “quite hard to get off”, it was not hard to get off. It got the hell off all by itself without me even touching it.
Having said this thing about the Chanel one, if you don’t have oily eyelids one of the other less expensive ones may well do the trick. OR if you have oily eyelids, one of the less expensive ones plus the eye base may work fine. I’ve now got this astronomically expensive eyeliner pen and the eye base and it feels a bit overkill, but hey that’s just how much I mean this about the cat flick thing.
Trying to describe how to do an eye flick is ridiculous. The general advice is to draw a short diagonal line from the outer corner of your eye, outwards and then join up the line from your upper lid with it.
But written down that makes no sense. It only makes sense once you come to the conclusion that that’s the thing to do yourself and then think back and go “Oh that’s what it means.”
My advice is to just practice a lot with the Simple Human round mirror and maybe watch a few YouTube videos, but don’t get carried away with the length of the flick – we are not Bella Hadid.