A cat costume is always a classic choice for Halloween, but this year it even doubles as a pop-culture reference. If you’re still not over the trailer for the upcoming Cats movie (I, personally, will never be) and you want to dress up as a feline creature that also kinda looks like a human for Halloween, then I have the perfect tutorial for you. Below, I’ve broken down beauty influencer Arshia Moorjani’s cat Halloween makeup tutorial into eight easy steps so you, too, can be a walking, talking, dancing cat worthy of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
Step 1: Contour and Highlight
Okay, the real first step is to put on your foundation and concealer, but after your base is set, sweep a bronzing powder underneath your cheekbones and along the temples of your forehead to sharpen your angles (and, you know, give your face a cat-like shape). Then, grab a highly pigmented matte powder (your translucent powder won’t cut it here) in a shade lighter than you would normally use. With a medium fluffy brush, highlight the area around your upper lip (in between your smile lines and underneath your nose) and in the middle of your chin for a little definition.
Step 2: Contour Your Eyes
Brows aren’t really the focus of this look, so fill them in lightly with a tinted gel or a lightweight powder and then get to work on your eyes. You’ll want to prep your lids with primer or concealer to create a long-lasting base, then blend a matte-orange eyeshadow with a small brush to exaggerate and deepen your creases.
Step 3: Contour Your Nose
Next, layer a dark-brown eyeshadow with orange undertones on top of the crease color with a small blending brush. Keep the focus on the outer corners to create that cat-eye effect. Next, use the same brown shade to draw a continual line from the creases of your eyes, down the sides of your nose. Stop the lines just before the tip for a cat-like snout.
Step 4: Draw the Tip of Your Nose
Fill in the area around your nostrils and on the very tip of your nose with a super-pigmented black eyeliner. Arshia used a fine-tip liquid liner to outline the shape and filled it in with a cream pigment.
Step 5: Emphasize Your Eyes
Use the same black liquid liner to draw an exaggerated cat-eye flick from the inner corners of your eyes almost all the way to the tails of your brows. Then, use the same dark-brown shadow and a small pencil brush to smudge the shade below your bottom lashes to make your eyes look even bigger. Finish with a shimmery highlight along your brow bone and in the inner corners of your eyes.
Step 6: Apply Your Lashes
Step 7: Fill In Your Upper Lip
With your liquid liner, draw a line connecting the base of your cat nose to your Cupid’s bow. Then, fill in your top lip completely. Make your mouth appear slightly wider by drawing outward lines two or three centimeters long from the corners of your mouth.
Step 8: Finish With Whiskers
The Final Result? Purr-fect
And there you go! A totally convincing cat costume (Taylor Swift would be so proud).
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