What is the reverse cat eye beauty trend?

I put my thang down, flip it and reverse it

Written by Liv Grady

August 12, 2021

girl wearing reverse cat eye

There is nothing we love more than a chic beauty trend that is easy to work into our usual makeup routines. Tiktok is the bible when it comes to discovering makeup hacks and ideas, and most recently it has blessed us the reverse cat eye.

If you haven’t spotted the reverse cat eye yet, let us break it down for you. It has the fierce signature statement of the classic winged liner, however the focus is flipped to your bottom waterline instead. This elongates the eye and gives you a smokey dramatic finish.

How did the reverse cat eye trend start

Although this may have been around for a while, it first grabbed our attention when makeup artist @paintedbyspencer posted a video on TikTok. He said “Have you tried the reverse cat eye? It’s my favorite.”

He has since posted a tutorial on his TikTok, which means that we can all have a go at the trend.


Reply to @katerinasmind I hope this helps! ❤️👨🏻‍🎨 ##fypシ ##foryou ##FerragamoLetsDance ##makeup

♬ original sound – Tik Toker

As much as it may feel alien to do in practice, the reverse eyeliner features no black liner on the eyelids. It simply features a smoked wing going from the outside of the eye, along the lower lashline, finishing in the inner corner.

Everything you need to recreate the look

Over the years, the style has been worn by celebs including Rihanna and Doja Cat. Keep scrolling to take a look at how the TikTok community are applying the reverse cat eye.

Tiktokers recreating the reverse cat eye

Needed some more convincing to try this look on your next night out? Take a look at how some of our favourite creators are doing it.


Reverse cat eye trend by @paintedbyspencer 🐱❤️ ##reversecateye ##fypシ ##transition ##reversecateyeliner

♬ original sound – Tik Toker

trying the reverse cat eye trend👀 inspired by @paintedbyspencer ✨ #makeup #makeuptutorial #reversecateye #eyeliner #eyelinertutorial

♬ Bad Girls – M.I.A.

reverse cat eye!!!??!!! what do you guys think???? ib: @paintedbyspencer #BeautyHacks #BeautyReview #makeuptutorial

♬ original sound – ALISSIA

my lashes lowk blocked it but WHAT DO WE THINK? IS IT GIVINGGG? #reversecateye #foryou #makeupchallenge #makeuptutorial

♬ ummmm – esh😢🥺🙊💜