TikTok's Reverse Cat-Eye Trend Is So Sexy! Here’s How To Do It


Reverse Cat Eye

What is it about black eyeliner that is so damn powerful??? From ultra-mod floating flicks to no-frill retro wings, add some fluffy brows and lip gloss to the mix, and you’ll truly feel like the baddest b**** on the planet. And as if eyeliner doesn’t already hold such great power, TikTok beauty whizzes are shaking things up with their insanely fierce renditions of the trending reverse cat-eye. This is HANDS DOWN one of summer’s hottest viral trends and the best part? It’s 100% foolproof! All you require is your go-to neutral eyeshadow palette, a pitch-black eye pencil, and a bomb eye smudging brush, and you’ll be sporting a Tyra Banks-worthy smize in no time. 

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We won’t call it a “new” eye makeup trend as some of you may have seen it way back in 2016 on celebs like Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, and Kim K. However, its recent resurgence is thanks to LA-based makeup artist @paintedbyspencer who recently showcased THEE ultimate no sweat and hassle-free under-eye-liner method that even beginners will master. And the reverse cat-eye is pretty straightforward — envision the same feline flick that we’ve grown to love but as Missy Elliot once said, put that (wing) down flip it and reverse it. 

@paintedbyspencerLove a good REVERSE cat eye #fypシ #foryou #FerragamoLetsDance #makeup♬ original sound – Tik Toker

Spencer’s Detailed Five-Step How-To Guide:

Step 1: “Run a grayish-toned eyeshadow through the upper lid” — a brown eyeshadow with a gray undertone is best, which he blends over the crease with a fluffy brush.

Step 2: “Use that same shade and run it through the lower lash line,” using an eye shading brush.

Step 3: “This is where it gets fun. Now I’m taking a gel-black liner, and I’m going to run the pencil through my waterline. The important part here is to really extend that inner corner and wing it out on the outer corner.”

Step 4: “Take a detailed eyeshadow brush, with some black eyeshadow, to diffuse the edges.”

Step 5: “Add some mascara to the top and bottom lashes real quick, and that is the final look — isn’t it so easy!?” See his flawless tutorial video below:

@paintedbyspencerReply to @katerinasmind I hope this helps! ❤️ #fypシ #foryou #FerragamoLetsDance #makeup♬ original sound – Tik Toker

Now that we’ve got the skills aspect covered, master TikTok’s upgraded smokey eye with these HB-approved beauty tools:

Get Shadyyy: Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Eyeshadow Palette, $65


This is one of our absolute favorite everyday palettes. It consists of a versatile selection of eyeshadow finishes from buttery mattes to melted metallics in an array of orange, bronze, gold, and pink hues that are insanely flattering on all skin tones. This is the type of palette that city girls stash in their handbags, just in case an eye-makeup switch-up is required for impromptu after-work drinks.

Fine Liner: Huda Beauty Life Liner Duo Pencil & Liquid Liner, $25

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This features a slim liquid liner on the top and a creamy pencil formula on the bottom, both in long-lasting and ultra-black shades that are legitimately lifeproof. You’ll love the pencil’s precision tip, which adds solid and bold color to the waterline in one single stroke. If you’re a liner newbie, check out our new Life Liner Quick N’ Easy Precision Liner, which makes any wing style effortless to master.

Smudge ‘Em Up: Morphe M213 Smudger Brush


Source: Morphe.

We love this brush for creating smokey eye finishes on the lower lash line. Compact, dense, and ridiculously precise, it’s great for hard-to-reach areas like the inner corners of the eyes, and, surprisingly, it’s also quite versatile — we often use it with some concealer to clean up and perfect our brows.

Finishing Touch: Huda Beauty Legit Lashes Double-Ended Mascara, $27

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Ever worn mascara and got asked if your lashes were real? Best. Flex. Ever. And our Legit Lashes mascara provides the same effect — a fluttery and fan-like lash finish that seriously lasts. Expect a whole lot of compliments with this gem, goodbye false lashes, and hello Legit Lashes! You’re welcome bbz 😉

Scroll down for one final dose of reverse cat-eye inspo from IG beauties all-around: 


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