The Foolproof Cat Eye Flick Tip

So I think I’m finally getting there with eyeliner. Over the years my struggle with the stuff has been a well documented one (see here, here and here), but I’ve really got to grips with a well-known tip that’s helped me master the feline flick. It’s nothing new and is a process I’ve proposed before but the tools and technique have just clicked into place and it’s now a look that I’ve feel comfortable throwing on in a five minute window (before I needed more like thirty five and the time it took to re-do my eye makeup from scratch three times on the clock).

Firstly – the tools. I call up a makeup remover, my weapon of choice is the Bioderma Crealine H20 Solution, pointed cotton buds, mine are from Boots and a fat black liner, to the frontline. My favourite eyeliner at the moment is the L’Oreal Paris Super Blackbuster Intense. Chunky and thick I thought we wouldn’t get on, but the stiff nib and true black pigment make it one of the easiest formulas and set-ups I’ve tried. So here’s the deal. You get to work on your line, beginning wherever you want and pulling it out towards where your brow ends. If things get messy then that’s where the makeup remover and buds come in. Dip the pointed tip into the solution and tidy things up; honing the flick into your desired shape. I’ve tried it before with normal cotton buds, but the thin ended ones make all the difference. Apparently it’s how the queen of eyeliner herself, LC, guarantees a precision-pointed line every time.

I even sported my flick out of the house and no one batted an eyelid. Success. Or so I thought until I got home to find a raccoon-like smudge pattern on each lid thanks to vigorous eye rubbing throughout the day. So perhaps I haven’t perfected the whole eyeliner thing just yet…


  • Carina Stewart

    I feel like its practice makes perfect.. and sometimes a lot of practice. I still haven’t mastered it fully but I’m on my way 🙂


  • I think when it comes to eye makeup, it takes a long time to master. I’ve been wearing eyeliners for years, but it’s only recently that I learned the right way to apply them. One thing I always sucked at was wearing multiple shades of eye shadows, but these days I began practicing before shower to make it perfect 🙂


  • Anna Blush

    Looks so good, thanks for the tip Anna x

  • Tram Vu

    Drawing eyeliner will be the nightmare with beginner, whether it is pencil or gel liner … I think only practicing everyday can help to enhance the level.
    The stuff which i have been using in 2 years lately comes from Bourjois!!

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • Emma

    Totally agree practise makes perfect . I find gel liner and brush easiest myself .xx

  • Evelyn Morales

    I saw your pic on Twitter and I really like how you look with eyeliner, it really suits you and makes your look totaly different. Looks like you got the hang of it now!! Keep up the good work!;)

  • Deirdre

    I literally just saw Lily Melrose’s post from yesterday and asked her to show me how to do a feline flick and well here you are 🙂 I’m just like you… eyeshadow nube and kind of suck at feline flicks although yours looks puur-fect (see what I did there, eh eh? 😉 genius.) Can you do a video on this? Pretty please? I love seeing it in action to see it step by step 🙂
    Thanks for the help on the flick.

  • Bella

    Very pretty look! I have hooded eyes and gave up on the cat eye at a very early stage.

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    Great tip – I’ll try that later this morning and see if it makes it any easier :o). Xx

  • Probably just need to set the eyeliner?

  • Cornelia Kennedy

    Its a hard trick to master, but I think once you master it, it just becomes easier and easier, I find fluidline gel eyeliner easier as it has a thickness to that doesn’t suddenly dart off in another direction. Its like it Wants to be in a line 😉

    Cornelia – Ineffable Beauty

  • Wow that looks pretty damn perfect!

  • Anoushka Urban

    The L’oreal liner is superb. You must try the super slim one too!

    Anoushka xx

  • Hattie S

    Wow that looks perfect! I must try this xx

  • Stacey

    I ALWAYS have trouble with my eyeliner. So I just gave up in the end! Will be trying this out though!


  • MamaUndone

    Have always found eyeliner pens the best for this. You have really pretty eyes.


  • Suzy

    Ahhh the raccoon like smudge… this happens to me too many times with the Maybelline gel eyeliner.

    x Suzy

  • I can’t use anything other than these eyeliner felt tips because I’m awful at eyeliner! Great post and thanks for the recommendation!

    Tiny Alis.

  • Chantelle

    I haven’t tried the L’Oreal super blackbuster but it sounds great. I always find with felt tip style liners that they aren’t pigmented enough for me but must try this out. My favourite at the moment is the Rimmel Exaggerate liquid eyeliner but it can get messy…once you get used to applying it though it gives the best pigmented colour that lasts all day without budging! x

    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  • Parisian To Be

    I really love the way a feline flick looks on other people…just not on me. Lovely post (and the liner looks fantastic).

    xo Lillian from

  • Charlotte Lucy Philpotts

    This is such a good post – I still haven’t mastered the perfect flick so this is super helpful! x

  • Millie Robinson

    Great post! I love the Collection felt tip liner, but this one looks great 🙂 x

  • daisy walters

    I’ve never really done flick eyeliner for a long period, I tend to love it for a few days then go back to normal makeup haha x

  • Allison

    I love pointed Q tips. They are so useful for cleaning up eye makeup and are pretty much an essential for when I don a bold lip

  • Shani

    I’m still so bad at it, despite the years of practice. My eyes turn downwards at the end, so it’s hard finding the right place for the flick!

    Shani x

  • Maddy Cane

    Love this tip, off to pick up some pointed cotton buds! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Rachel Morris

    This is so useful to know!

  • Ericca Brock

    I feel you V, it is very hard for me to do a perfect flick but it seems with your little trick I will be able to conquer my cat eye !

  • anne1014 .

    Actually I have been struggling with this stuff. Glad that I have found this post. This is very useful.

  • Rachel

    Eyeliner can be very tricky thank god for pointed cotton tips!

  • Catrin

    I’m awful at liner to, I just can’t work pens no matter what the thickness, however I’ve discovered gel liner and a 266 work really well for me.

  • Faiza

    I really don’t know how some girls get it right ALL the time. Severely jealous.

  • So helpful!!! Great post, will defiantly be using that trick next time i do my liner.

  • London is the Reason

    Thank you thank you thank you for this post! Been wanting to perfect this look for ages, so amazing to find a simple tutorial that doesn’t encourage you to buy loads of expensive products
    Lola x

  • Alexis Granados

    That’s the trick I use or i just use a makeup wipe and it does the job!!! I was using the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper(which I recommend for anyone it has a sharp felt tip so it gives clean lines) but I switch back to my black track gel liner from Mac. I’m always up to try new things… So let’s see if L’oreal liners past the test!
    Thanks for the idea!!


  • Lana

    Thank you so much for the tips! Eyeliner is something I tend to struggle with. I recently bought the Bioderma solution so im excited to try this out!

  • Daniella

    do you prefer felt tip? what is the difference?



  • Helpful tips, Anna! I’m a sucker for a good cat eye 🙂

  • Roxie Cakes

    I can’t wait to try this!