When New Jeans made their debut, Hae-Rin instantly became one of the most popular members. Her adorably chic yet sophisticated look, highlighted by her unique eye shape, left us all bias-wrecked and longing to replicate her charming eye makeup.
Thanks to the magic of makeup and our favourite TikTok makeup guru Jen (@l_yuhann on Instagram), we now have the chance to recreate Hae-Rin’s iconic cat eye.
Curious to discover all the tips and tricks? Keep reading!
What Gives Your Eyes a Cat-Like Appearance?
If you have puppy eyes, the top eyelid typically features a round and smooth curve. In contrast, cat eyes exhibit a more angular shape, sloping upwards with a sharp, straight turn.
Additionally, cat eyes often have outer corners higher than the inner corners, creating a distinctive look compared to the rounded downturn of puppy eyes.
Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving Hae-Rin’s Iconic Cat Eyes
Step 1: Blend Your Outer Corners Upwards
Begin by applying a natural base shade across your top eyelids. Then, blend the eyeshadow from the outer corner of your eyes upwards, creating the illusion of a more angular and upturned look.
Step 2: Create Winged Eyeliner
Using your favourite eyeliner, start at the edge of your pupil and extend the line straight and upward. This technique gives the upper eyelid a less rounded and more angular appearance. Opt for a black eyeliner for a chic and fierce look, perfect for achieving that stylish cat-eye image.
Step 3: Extend Inner Corner Downwards
Extend your inner corner downwards using a gel liner. This technique opens up your inner corners, creating a longer and sharper appearance reminiscent of a cat’s fierce gaze.
Step 4: Create Curved Outer Corner
Apply a slightly reddish-brown eyeshadow to your outer corners in a curved and rounded angle.
Use a burgundy liner to draw a curved line from the middle of your pupil to near the ends of your outer corner, then blend it out with eyeshadow.
Ensure the eyeshadow extends to your aegyo-sal (under-eye puff), maintaining an upward direction rather than dragging it down.
Step 5: Add Highlight and Glitter
For an extra oomph effect, apply your favourite highlight and glitter to your inner eye corner, aegyo-sal, and your upper eyelid.
Instead of placing the glitters at the center of your eyelid as usual, focus them slightly towards the front to further highlight your sharp inner corners.
Step 6: Apply Mascara
Finish off by applying mascara to the outer corner to elongate your eyes. Pay special attention to your inner corner to draw focus to your angular upper eyelid.
And there you have it! With these six simple steps, Jen transformed her eye shape from a rounded, more puppy-like appearance to the sharp and chic gaze of a cat!
Products She Used and Where to Find Them
- Step 4: All Take Mood Technique Palette 04 In My Mute Pink retails for S$32.31 and is available on Shopee.
- Step 4: CANMAKE Creamy Touch Liner 09 Darjeeling Pink retails for S$17.82 and is available on Shopee. A discount is offered at the time of writing. Tap in to see the updated price!
Featured image credits: @l_yuhann/TikTok