The reverse cat eye trend is TikTok's latest beauty obsession

And it's purrrfect!

 Mai Nguyen with cat eye black eyeliner on November 11, 2016 in New York City - reverse cat eye
(Image credit: Georgie Hunter/Getty)

Your eyes aren't deceiving you: the reverse cat eye look is the latest TikTok makeup trend to flood social-media feeds. Considering it's been a hot minute since we've applied anything other than under-eye cream to our peepers, we're ready to test the waters. Grab those makeup pencils, ladies. 



TikTok user @paintedbyspencer, who has perfected the art of all-things glam in makeup tutorial videos, stunned followers with a fresh take on the cat-eye trend, and therefore followed up with a how-to that keeps viewers in the loop. 

Even better? He promises that the application process is "simple, short, sweet, and to the point," though it's possible we're amateurs and might need a little bit of practice. (No judgment, please!)

How to apply the reverse cat eye liner look (meow!)

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  1. Tackle the upper lid first (Spencer suggests applying a grey hue) 
  2. Run a gel black liner through your waterline, and don't forget the corners
  3. Put black eye shadow on a detailed brush to diffuse the edges
  4. Wink and strike a pose (optional) 

While you're at it, be sure to explore TikTok's favorite self-tanning drops, which will give you a gorgeous glow that your SPF will appreciate (and will complement the reverse cat eye you've started rocking). 

And, if you're thinking about rounding out a new look for the end of the season, now's the time: Ulta's National Lipstick Day sale is giving shoppers a whopping 30-percent off your go-to brands and $15 lipstick tubes. Meanwhile, the summer Charlotte Tilbury sale offers steep—and rare—discounts on customers' favorite lip kits, hydrating kits, and eyeshadow palettes. 

We've taken the liberty of rounding up a few of our favorite viral TikTok products that you might also want to consider after you've mastered the beauty trends you've attempted courtesy of the platform. No need to thank us!

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara. 


Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 


When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a new book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)