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How-to Cat Makeup

Our easy how-to for purr-fect cat makeup.


Cat Makeup with Fangs for Halloween
Photo Taken by: Faith Lawless

Cat makeup is a great go-to costume for Halloween. No, it’s not out of style either. Many celebrities have adorned some sort of cat costume, from Heidi Klum to Julianne Hugh and Katie Price. I too have been a cat, back in my high school days. Really, if you haven’t gone as a cat for Halloween it’s something that should be done at least once in your lifetime. Lucky for you we’ve got an uber-easy how-to for cat makeup. You’ll be transformed into the purr-fect cat in no time.

To get this look, here is what you need:


  • Begin with a good makeup primer, such as Loreal’s Magic Perfecting Base (Compare Prices), because it will even out your skin while also hiding pores and fine lines. Apply a regular amount of the makeup primer over your entire face, including around your eyes. Remember to pay special attention to the areas of your face where lines may be more noticeable such as your forehead, around your mouth and under your eyes.
  • Once you have applied your makeup primer follow up with either your regular foundation or you can go whiter by using an illuminator, such as KohGenDo’s Aqua Foundation Illuminator (Compare Prices). I used the KohGenDo instead of regular foundation, all over my face including on my lips and around my eyes.
  • Eyes

  • The eyes are rather easy because all you need to do is a slightly exaggerated smokey eye/cat eye combination. To begin line your eyes with a gel black eyeliner, such as Estee Lauder’s Gel Eyeliner in Black (Compare Prices). To get a good sharp line use the flat eyeliner brush that comes with the eyeliner, or a regular flat eyeliner brush. Extend the line to the outer corner of each eye, and then extend the inner corner in a slightly downward angle. Don’t forget to rim the inside of your bottom lid at the waterline as well.
  • Once lined use a black eyeshadow, such as bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 in The Flashback (Compare Prices), on your lids and around your eye which will create a quick and easy smokey eye look. I used the Amnesia side of the bareMinerals duo, and blended it up onto my orbital bone as well.
  • After you have your smokey eye looking perfect finish them off with a good lengthening and thickening mascara, such as Maybelline’s Colossal Volum Express in Classic Black (Compare Prices). Apply the standard two-coats, but if you want more drama then add one to two more once the first two applications dry.
  • Now to finish the eye area by darkening and exaggerating your eyebrows. Take a black eyebrow pencil, such as Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Black (Compare Prices), and fill in your brows. Then draw the inner points inward slightly, and fatten the arch area. Finish by extending the outer ends slightly more than normal.
  • Lips, Eyes, and Facial Designs

  • The nose, top lip and whisker design can be easily accomplished with a thick eyeliner or smokey eye stick, such as Stila Convertible Eye Color Stick in Onyx (Compare Prices), and the black gel eyeliner used earlier for lining your eyes. I used the Eye Stick to draw the triangle on the tip of my nose, followed by the strip of black connecting my lips, and finally to line and fill in my top lip. For the bottom lip line and fill in with a neutral lip liner, such as Napoleon Perdis Lip Liner in Nude Awakening (Compare Prices), then apply a neutral lip balm. I used bareMinerals Natural Lip Gloss in Glazed Doughnut (Compare Prices).

    The small whisker “dots” were also created with the Eye Stick. Simply “dot” three to four on each side. The whiskers were freehanded by using the flat eyeliner brush and the Estee Lauder Gel Eyeliner in Black. Begin at your nose and draw them outward.

  • The black design on the side of each eye was created within seconds by using the Ultraflesh Face Decorating Kit (Buy Direct). I used the included stencil, along with the Black Moondust spray. It will literally take seconds to apply each side. Once you get the design in place you will also need to fill in a little by using the black highlighting pen from the Ultraflesh set. To complete the eye area, extend the cat eye liner to the black spray design, and then connect your eyebrows to the top of the design.

  • ***To add more drama to your cat costume add small vampire fangs to your eye teeth. I used Scarecrow Love Bites (Compare Prices), which are vampire fangs for smaller teeth such as women’s teeth.

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