All the Pro Tips You’ll Need to Create Selena Gomez’s ’60s-Style Cat Eye

When it comes to pulling out enviable makeup looksSelena Gomez has always been ahead of the curve. She’s not afraid to take risks, and with the help of her trusted makeup artist, Hung Vanngo, the singer has demonstrated how to pull off every look from disco-ball eyelids to bold lips with ease.

For their latest showstopping look, the duo reminded us that exaggerated ’60s-inspired cat-eye makeup is a vibe we’d very much like to invite into 2020. The bold cat eye, or wing, as it’s referred to more casually, is one of those classic makeup looks that seem easy but actually take a solid amount of skill to execute well.

Coincidentally, we’ve been hot on the trail of the perfect winged liner for some time now. We’ve long been asking our best makeup artist pals for their tips for achieving the perfect cat eye, so scroll on to see the best products and techniques you’ll need to live your best Selena Gomez (by way of Twiggy and Cher) life.

In a recent interview with Vogue, Vanngo shared that his process included creating a cat eye and then going back in to soften it a bit. “We extended the liner and smoked it outwards at the ends,” he said when asked about the Twiggy-esque look he’d created for Gomez’s appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week. Reading between the lines of this little nugget offers some insight into the type of eyeliner Vanngo used to draw the dramatic look since only certain products, such as gel and powder liners, stay malleable long enough to create any kind of smoking effect. Others, such as liquid eyeliners, dry too quickly to achieve any kind of manipulation after they’re placed on the skin.

This gel eyeliner is a makeup artist favorite since it offers more control as you create your wing. Celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh recently told us that this one by Bobbi Brown is one of her favorites for opening the eyes with a dramatic cat eye. 

It’s an added bonus that gel eyeliner products stay tacky for a few moments so you can easily soften the edges of the wing with your finger or a brush, as Vanngo instructs. This clean one from Rituel de Fille is so sultry and perfect for creating both super-sharp lines and more smudged looks alike.

This eyeliner by clean-beauty trailblazer RMS is also a fan favorite. Reviewers have said time and again that applying it with a damp eyeliner brush helps to create the bold liner that dreams are made of.

Stila is a go-to for many eyeliner products, including this gel formula. As mentioned above, the trick for this particular cat eye is the soft, smoked-out ends, which are easy to create with this product.

This long-lasting, waterproof liner is a must-have for those with oily eyelids because it locks into place and won’t smear at the first sign of moisture. That said, you’ll need to move quickly if you want to smudge out the ends of your wing à la Gomez.

Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff, who’s famous for gussying up the faces of Margot Robbie, Kate Bosworth, and Laura Dern, told us that her trick for cleaning up rogue eyeliner is micellar water. This French pharmacy staple is internationally beloved for its makeup-removing and full-face-cleansing abilities. Dubroff even sends her clients off with a travel-size bottle of this stuff so they can easily fix any makeup that’s moved out of place in a flash.

Another beloved micellar water makeup artists just can’t get enough of is this one by Koh Gen Do. It’s super gentle, oil-free, and can easily erase makeup mistakes with precision when used with a light touch.

Davy is also into the strip-lash look when working with a cat-eye situation. She recommends these dramatic wispies by House of Lashes.

If you want just a little something extra without having to apply a full strip to your eyelid, these individual lashes are for you. You can add a few pieces just at your outer corners to exaggerate your cat eye even more.

If you’re not into falsies, have no fear. There are plenty of mascaras available that will just make everyone think you’re wearing them, like this super-affordable volumizing option from L’Oréal.

This mascara was literally formulated to mimic the effect of falsies, so it’s an excellent option for adding some extra oomph to your eyes without the need for adhesive.

I might be a little late to the party, but I finally got my hands on this celebrated mascara this week, and it’s seriously life-changing. If you want lengthened and defined lashes that look like they’ve been doused in volumizing spray in just one swipe, then this is the tube for you.

This mascara won’t do much for you in the volume department, but when it comes to defining your individual lashes and making them stand at attention, it can’t be beat. 

Even after all the work you put in to achieve it, I would seriously encourage you to wash off your fabulous ’60s-inspired cat eye before going to bed. However, in the event that you sleep in the look, this killer mascara will still be in place when you wake. Up next, these are going to be the eight biggest makeup trends in 2020.

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