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We’re sure you’ve experimented with the cat-eyed look - from replicating Rihanna’s reverse cat eye to adding a pop of colour to the flicks, you’ve done it all. It’s time to deviate from the familiar, and experiment with the ‘it’ look that everyone’s raging over. And, no, they’re not very different from cat eyes. The difference lies in the way you position the flick - or the wing. Popularised by the likes of Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, here’s everything you need to know about fox eyes, and how to recreate them with makeup.
- What is a fox eye?
- How do you create the look?
- What products do you need to recreate this look?
What is a fox eye?
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The fox eye can elongate and brighten your eyes with a little bit of work on the lashes as well as on the lids. It adheres to an angle that plays into the illusion of sloped almond-shaped eyes, and transforms the shape of your face. Fashioned by supermodels like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, this look imitates the appearance of a face-lift without the involvement of needles! It’s extremely versatile in a way that you can alter the length of the wing - some prefer a shorter flick, and others like extending the wing toward the tail-end of their eyebrows. A few like recreating the look with a stroke of bold eyeliner, and others choose to employ a blurred eyeshadow for the same. You can add to the sultriness of the look by smudging a little eyeliner on your under-lids as well. And elevate the vibrance of the look by drawing the wing with a pop of colour. Even setting a deep-black eyeliner against a coloured eyeshadow dramatises the look. The trend has witnessed innumerable TikTok users shave off the ends of their eyebrows to achieve the ‘Jenner’ and ‘Hadid’ look, and fuel the illusion of an eye-lift; but it’s always better to not fiddle with your brows. You can conceal the part you want with a little bit of makeup if you’d like!
How do you create the look?
The focus of this look is the outer-corners of the eye. You want to enhance that part to achieve the ‘sloped-up’, slanted look. Follow these steps to achieve the perfect fox eye. There isn’t just the one fox eye though - there are a lot of variations, and you can tweak the look according to your liking.
- Start off by priming your lids. Use an eye-primer to set the base for a creaseless, smooth finish and long-lasting makeup.
- From your eyeshadow palette, pick a light shade of brown, start sweeping some across the outer-edges of your eyes, and bring it slightly into the crease. We’re only focusing on the outer-edges at this point.
- Now, pick a darker shade of brown, and enhance the outer-corner of the eye as well. Start extending it outward like a wing.
- Next, pick a shade that’s a little lighter than the colour of your skin, and add some of it to the centre of your lid as well as your brow bone. This adds dimension to the shades of brown you’d applied earlier. You’ve created the base of the look.
- You can apply a little mascara at this stage. Ensure you’re only coating the lashes at the outer-corners. The same principle applies to falsies.
- It’s time to switch to a black eyeliner. Trace a line from the outermost part of your lid, and stop at half or three-quarters of the way. Don’t extend the eyeliner to the inner-corners of the eye. This is the base for the wing.
- Start extending the wing out in a straight line - more toward the temples than up toward the tail-end of the eyebrow. You don’t want to end up with a cat eye, after all!
- Using your brown eyeshadow, go over the outer-corners of the lid once again for more dimension. Bring the colour down under the lower lash line too.
- You can coat your lower lashes with mascara as well - just at the outer corners.
- Using the same eyeliner you used for the wing, create a ‘v’ around the inner-corner of your eye to play into the look. And you’re done!
What products do you need to recreate this look?
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- For the eyeshadow, you can pick shades from the all-exhaustive Lakmé Absolute Spotlight Eyeshadow Palette - Spotlight. Featuring twelve shades ranging from intense mattes to glittery textures, this palette is perfect to set the base for the fox eye.
- For the eyeliner, you can use the Lakmé Insta Eye Liner. A water-proof formula, this eyeliner lends to your eyes a bold stroke of black.
- For the mascara, you can use the volume-inducing Lakmé Eyeconic Volume Mascara. This clump-free, water-resistant mascara stays on the lashes for more than eight hours without smudging. Don’t worry about damaging your lashes, because the product is formulated with lash-loving ingredients like calendula extract and castor oil that nourish the strands.
Any tips for this look?
Apart from enhancing the eyes with eyeliner, you can accentuate the look by focusing on the eyebrows as well. Instead of a perfectly-arched brow, you want a Hepburn-like upward, angled brow. The tail-end of the eyebrow must be higher than the front of the eyebrow, and it needs to be straightened
If you’re not particularly fond of eyeliner, you can use an eyeshadow that’s a few shades darker than your complexion to recreate the look in the same way. Blend the eyeshadow to create a smokey look, or let it remain sharp. Make sure you’re not extending the look to the entirety of your lids - use it sparingly in the middle. The point is to focus on the outer-third of the eye. If you’re using eyeliner, make sure you’re bearing in mind the angle - because this is what sets a fox eye apart from a cat eye. Unlike the latter, this one isn’t angled toward the tail-end of the brow, but towards the temples.
Another trick is to add falsies to the outermost corners of the lash-line to emphasise the length of the eye. The same applies to mascara. Don’t apply anything on the rest of the lashes. You don’t want to end up with a rounded look. Ensure that your eyeshadow is centred on the outer-third of the eye - and not the inner-corner or the middle. Bear in mind that your liner or eyeshadow mustn’t go straight across - it has to be positioned upwards. You can use a tape to set the angle.
If you have rounder eyes, line the rims - upper and lower - with an eyeliner to ‘close’ them. You can tie your hair in a sky-high ponytail to play into the look a little more. You can alter the look based on your preferences. Conclude the look by drawing a tiny ‘v’ on the inner-corners of each eye to play up the look. And that’s it!
1) How is a fox eye different from a cat eye look?
This look bears a striking resemblance to a cat-eye in the way that it looks - a flick at the end of the lid. There’s a difference in the way this one is angled. To create the illusion of elongated, bigger, slanted eyes, the wing is oriented not upward like your standard wing - it’s positioned slightly toward the temple to achieve a slanted, almond-shaped look.
2) How long do fox eyes last?
There’s a non-invasive as well as invasive cosmetic surgery that alters the aesthetic of your eyes to resemble a fox’s eyes.The non-invasive surgery involves injecting fillers and fat at the outer-edge of the lid to elevate the eyebrow. This option is a popular one as it creates a temporary change that lasts up to two years. The invasive surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, involves changing the shape of the eyes by removing excess fat or skin around the area. And this is done by ‘dragging’ the skin upwards to create a lift. A lot of surgeons have advised people to not opt for this surgery. This one’s a permanent option, so you must weigh your options before jumping on the bandwagon. If you’re elongating the shape of your eyes with makeup, it’ll definitely wear off within a few hours.
3) What’s a fox eye thread lift?
This option involves using a dissolvable thread to lift the eyes. It gives you the appearance of a slight slant toward the outer-edge of your brows to mimic almond-shaped eyes. This thread contains cones that, once inserted in the skin, tighten around the skin, hook under the skin, and lift the eye. The procedure doesn’t last longer than 20 minutes, and the thread dissolves within the skin over a period of time. And the effects last between six months to one year.