A Cat Eye That's Actually Easy To Do


The cat-eye has, by this point, become one of those makeup techniques that's so mainstream, you might forget that it was at one time a look. (See also: a bold red lip. Can you imagine having discovered that one?) Its origins fall somewhere in between ancient Egypt and Brigitte Bardot in the '60s—but Jing Wen gives the idea a whole new vibe with Marc Jacobs' Highliner Gel Eye Pencil. And it's simple, too: a line drawn from the inside corner out, gradually getting thicker, ending in an ever-so-slight upward flick. Gel eyeliner along the top and bottom lashlines may seem like something more appropriate for evening, but drawn with a measured hand, Jing's cat-eye is wearable as ever.

Oh, and let's not forget the hair—Jing's mullet-y front bob, that is. Less wearable, sure, but according to Jing, it was a kind of happy accident: "My hair was really long until the Dior show last fall—Guido [Palau] actually cut it backstage. I wasn't sure how it would look, but I ended up really liking it. If I wasn’t modeling, I’d cut it even shorter."

Jing Wen photographed by Tom Newton. Jing wears Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Pencil, Chanel CC Cream, and Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick in Python Bag.

One gel eyeliner, millions of looks. See 'em all here.