How to Master The New Cat-Eye

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Model Nastya Sten shows off the season's updated version of the cat-eye backstage at Giambattista Valli spring couture. Click through to find the perfect formula to copy the cool look.

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A slash of punk rock-meets-Brigitte Bardot sophistication, the upward slant of inky black liner was a sexy, edgy counterpoint to the Monet-inspired, ladylike gowns at the Giambattista Valli spring 2014 show. At Chanel couture, makeup artist Peter Philips took the trend a notch further, creating a similarly bold cat-eye, then smoothing holographic glitter along models' lower lashlines. Indeed, the key to this look lies in the exaggeration. For Valli, makeup artist Val Garland created a chunkier stripe than we'd seen in a while: "That small detail makes it a sort of future-forward take on the '70s feline flick," she says. "The thicker, blockier line screams young, vibrant, assertive." She traced MAC Chromaline gel along the lash line with a thin, angled brush, then drew over it in a fanned-out arc. Layering more liner over the top, she waited for it to dry completed so the line stayed crisp, not smudgy. "Then I piled mascara onto the top lid for that extra tinge of sexiness," adds Garland. "But that's it as far as makeup goes—neutral lips and minimal everything else."

Click above for the best eyeliners to achieve the season's new cat-eye for yourself.

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