This is going to save you so much time getting ready. 

By Katie Holdefehr
March 09, 2018

Like a smokey eye, cat eyes are an iconic makeup look that never goes out of style. But as classic as it is, many of us still end up having to follow along with a cat eye makeup tutorial as we try to replicate the beauty vlogger's finesse. And no matter how many times we try, both sides never seem to match up, prompting us to spend 20 minutes adjusting one side, and then the other. Perfectly even cat eyes are so difficult to achieve by hand that some beauty brands have decided to solve the problem with a new tool: introducing, stamp eyeliner. 

Here's how it works: this tool comes with a stamp of the perfect cat eye wing, so once you apply your regular liner, stamping on the wing shape completes the look. Similar to a rubber stamp, the winged shape will be the same every time you use it, so all you need to do is line up the design at the corner of your eye, press, and voila! Foolproof cat eyes, every single time. 

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The idea is so revolutionary that Pinterest reports that search for "stamp eyeliner" has risen 335 percent over the past year (the term first appeared on the site last year). The trend is just starting to take off, but more and more brands are developing their own version of the stamp, and we can expect new colors and shapes in the future. 

If you're not sure which stamp to try, our beauty editors recommend the VampStamp's VaVaVoom Kitten Wing Stamp ($25; On the company's video tutorial, you can watch the 10-second process in action: Just dip the stamp in the ink pot (sold separately), stamp the wing on the edge of your eye, then use a brush to connect the wing and your liner. Want a more dramatic look? Upgrade to the medium wing option, which delivers a bolder cat eye effect. Whichever one you choose, you'll be able to nail the perfect cat eye in 30 seconds flat and get out the door faster. 


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