You don’t need YouTube blogger makeup skills to pull off an A+ Halloween cat costume. You don’t even need to go out and buy special costume makeup! As long as you can rummage through your makeup bag and find some eyeliner and something to contour with, I gotchu.
1. Contour. You can use any kind of contour product you like (powder, cream, whatever), but I chose a stick applicator to get a really severe contour. I chiseled the sides of my nose to be more cat-shaped, under my cheekbones, and the sides of my forehead to make my features appear sharper and stronger.
Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick, $25
2. Blend. Use a damp sponge to fade out the harsh edges of your contour, but be careful not to blend it out all away. Focus on blending only the edges, rather than spreading the product all over your face.
The Original Beauty Blender, $20
3. Highlight. On the areas I didn’t contour, I used a light, matte highlighting powder to emphasize the high points of my face.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, $40
4. Contour your eyes. When doing cat makeup, the eyes are the main focus of the look. To create the illusion of deep-set eyes, use a matte taupe shadow, and blend it into the creases.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in “Laced,” $19
5. Create your cat eye. It’s not called a cat eye for nothing! Use a black liquid liner, and wing it out.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $20
6. Line underneath, too. To make your eyes appear larger, exaggerate your eye shape with the same liquid liner underneath. Start at the very inner corner, and follow along your lash line, underneath your bottom lashes. Connect the line to your wing to finish. Add mascara.
IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara, $24
7. Draw your nose. Use a black kohl pencil liner to draw a heart shape along the very tip of your nose. Fill it in completely.
L’Oreal Paris Infallible 16HR Never-Fail Eyeliner, $7
8. Make your whisker spots. I don’t know the technical term for these spots, but I do know that cats have little dots in the whisker area. Press the tip of your black kohl pencil against your skin, spin the pencil in place, and remove to get the perfect small spot.
9. Add optional leopard spots. Depending on the type of cat you want to be, you might want to add markings and patterns. For leopard spots, I started with brown liner and made little “C” shapes randomly on the temples and sides of my face. I followed up with black kohl liner to define some of the spots.
Maybelline Master Kajal Eyeliner in “Midnight Brown,” $8
10. Finish with whiskers. Use your same black kohl pencil, and draw as many as you want. Start with three, and build from there if you think you need more.
After that, add ears, and you’re done! I told you it was easy.