At the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards this week, Zoe Saldana may have worn Prabal Gurung but she took the inspiration for her dramatic cat eyes straight from the Jonathan Saunders Spring 2012 show, where Lucia Pieroni used M.A.C. Blacktrack Fluidline Eyeliner applied with an angled brush and M.A.C. False Lashes Mascara to create a striking retro, fifties-looking eye.

Devon Aoki, Stacey Bendet and Doutzen Kroes also went for a thick, black-lined eye ending in an upward flick, something that makeup artist Val Garland, who went for a double-lined eye at Marios Schwab’s Spring 2012 show, described as ‘film noir Fellini’.”

Los Angeles-based makeup artist Sonia Kashuk says the trick to achieve this look is to use a gel liner, which can be easier to apply than a liquid liner as it stays in place, has great wear, and is easy to manoeuvre.

“If you have a hard time seeing what you are doing while drawing on the eyelid, try applying a gel formula with a Pro Angled Eyeliner Brush, which has a bent tip to give you a better view of the eye during application,” she says.

First prime the eyelid with a nude-coloured cream eyeshadow like Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow.

Start by dotting the liner into the spaces between the lashes, wiggling the liner into the lashes. The result is not supposed to be a line. It’s supposed to look as if the lashes themselves are super thick at the root.

Then, holding the skin of your upper lid taut, apply a line from the inner corner out, extending the line upward at the outer corner of eye. Go over the line several times until you get the width you want.

To make the eyes appear wider and pop, trace the inner rims of the eyes with a white pencil or highlight the inner corners of the eyes with a light shimmer powder.

Apply lashings of mascara to finish.

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