1. Since you’re building this look on top of an everyday makeup look, it’s important to clean up your skin a bit. Go back in with a brush and a bit of concealer or foundation to hit any spots that have appeared. Wipe gunk from under you eyes to keep things fresh and bright. You can also dust some mineral powder over everything for extra cover and shine prevention.
2. Using a liquid liner, trace a nice, thick line along your lash line. If you’re nervous about using a liquid liner, go in short, small strokes and then connect the dots. For a cat eye, wing the outer edge up and out beyond your eyelid. Remember that you can always go back in with a cotton swab to clean up the liner if your hand is shaky.
3. Sweep a brightening shadow over your entire eyelid and dab it into the corners of your eyes to brighten your face.
4. Build mascara back into the root of the lash and pull up on the top lash. No need to reapply to your bottom lashes.
5. Apply a highlighter on the highest points of your face (cheekbones, bridge of your nose, brow bones) and anything you want to appear brighter (inner corners of your eyes). Make sure to pick a shade that isn’t too silver-y.
6. Fill in your lips completely with with a liner (the soft edge, not the point). Then go in with lipstick on a brush to spread the color evenly without creating harsh lines.
7. Using a color that’s slightly lighter than your hair, fill in your brows with a powder. Start at your arch (instead of the inner edge) to create a bold, natural-looking brow. Lightly fill in any sparse, patchy areas. A bold brow is a great compliment to a classic red lip.
Add a light sweep of finishing powder over your skin to set the makeup. Hello gorgeous!
Graphic by mbg creative, photos by Will Atherton for mindbodygreen