How to Create the Reverse Cat Eye Look To Stand Out

How to Create the Reverse Cat Eye Look To Stand Out

The cat-eye look is back—but this time in reverse. Yes, we are talking about the Reverse Cat Eye Trend!

In recent months, Instagram has been flooded with the reverse cat-eye look. And if you follow beauty trends on social media religiously like us, you're probably familiar with it. Because the eyeliner is mainly applied to the bottom lash line as opposed to the top as with traditional wing eyeliner, this look has a softer finish and smaller flicks that accentuate the shape of the eye.

A cat eye reverse looks super glam but is actually quite easy to achieve. Not convinced? Keep reading, because we will show you some simple steps to create a reverse cat eye, and help you hop on this latest trend.

What Is the Reverse Cat Eye?

Reverse cat eyes are exactly what they sound like. Here, the classic winged look has been turned upside down. In short, this iconic winged eyeliner look:

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As opposed to applying eyeliner only along your upper lash line, you also apply it along your lower lash line (because why should the lids get all the attention?). The wing stays pretty much the same.

Here’s How You Create the Reverse Cat Eye Makeup Look

#1 Prime Time

Priming your eyelids before applying eyeshadow is essential to ensure your eyeshadow and eyeliner remain pigmented and long-lasting. The concealer you use every day will do just fine if you don't have an eyeshadow primer. When you prime your lids, it creates an even base for your eyeshadow, making it pop a little more than it would otherwise.

If you don’t have or want to use a concealer, you can even prime your eyes using a natural, non-sticky, tint-less lip balm.

#2 Highlight Your Crease 

Next, you should define the crease to make sure that the lower lash line and eyelid are in balance with each other.

Apply a gray eyeshadow or a transition shade in the crease of your upper eyelid using a fluffy eyeshadow brush. This will help define the upper eyelid and prevent it from being overpowered by the lower lash line.

Transition shades are two to three shades darker than your skin tone.

#3 Draw On Your Upper Lash Lines

The reverse cat eye liner is characterized by a top line that is thinner than the bottom line and an upward slanting wing. Keeping your top line as thin as possible while still highlighting your eye shape will help you achieve this look.

#4 Intensify the Lower Lash Line

Finally, we've reached the part we've all been waiting for—the lower lash line! For this part, use the same gray shade as above or swap it for a middle tone shade. 

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Using a flat brush, apply the eyeshadow along the lower lash line and create a winged effect at the outer corner of the eyes. For a more precise and sharp line, tape the area as a guideline.

#5 Line Your Lower Waterline

Depending on your preference, you can use a regular black liquid eyeliner or even kohl eyeliner. Make sure that you extend the liner beyond the lower lash line to intensify that winged effect. Using an eyeshadow brush, smudge it outward to create that smoky look. 

#6 Bring in Some Drama

Make your reverse cat-eye even more dramatic by applying some lengthening mascara. All you need to do is apply it over your top and bottom lashes. If necessary, wear false lashes. It will catch everyone's attention by making the eyes look big and bright. 

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You can step up your eye drama by using different colored kohl pencils for your reverse cat eye makeup look.

5 Reverse Cat-Eye Looks to Inspire Your Next Glam

A Burst of Colors

The one thing social media has taught us this year is that colorful eye makeup is here to stay! If you want to spruce up your basic reverse cat eye look, simply use colored eyeliner instead of picking up the good ol’ black shade. 

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Pair your colorful eye makeup with rosy cheeks and ruby red lips—as Rihanna does here—and you’ll be the star of any show.

Soft Reverse Cat Eye

Make a neutral smokey eye more dramatic by adding a soft, reverse cat-eye. The key to a smoky and soft look is to use a kohl pencil rather than liquid or gel eyeliner that you might normally use for a traditional cat-eye.

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You can complement the soft eye makeup with a sunkissed look with some bronzer on the high points of your face. Finish it off with a dash of nude lipstick.

Edgy Wings

Want an edgy eye makeup look this season? This look is for you if you're done playing it safe.

Put some thick eyeliner on your lower lash line and water line using your favorite black liquid liner. By adding sharp definition to your eyes by flicking each inner and outer corner, you will give your eyes the needed drama.

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Finish off the look in a Deepika Padukone style by pairing it with sculpted cheekbones, pink lips, and a high tight ponytail.

The Statement Reverse Cat Eye

Regardless of the occasion (whether it’s your day job or midnight mischief), this clean-cut reverse liner is the perfect pick. 

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To create the statement reverse smokey cat eye look, keep your upper eyelids naked and apply a lifting mascara to your bottom and top lashes. With a minimalist approach, this simple yet bold eyeliner is the perfect way to define the shape of your eyes and exude major boss babe vibes.

Pair this glam eye look with some minimal makeup, and you’re good to go!

Double Toned

Here’s one of our favorite reverse liner looks! Simply add a bright pop of color over the black eyeliner on your lash line, and leave the viewers awestruck.

This look already has a pop of color that highlights your eyes, so you can skip the eyeshadow and finish it with your favorite lipstick shade.


The classic cat-eye will not go out of style anytime soon. Reverse cat-eyes are just an attractive addition to the family. Be the trendsetter this season by wearing this extravagant yet subtle trend.

Among the five different looks shown above, which is your favorite? Tell us in the comments.