OFFSTAGE: The Science of Taylor Swift’s Cat-Eye Look

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You might think Taylor Swift just randomly applies eyeliner, but you’d be wrong. It sounds like there’s almost a science to how she accomplishes her artistic signature cat-eye look. “It’s all about getting the right angle,” she explains to People magazine. “My one tip about how to do it right is to take the angle of which direction your bottom lash line is going and follow the angle up from that. I like the pens. If I’m gonna smudge out my eye, though, I’ll do a pencil. And also, you have to get really close to your lash line.” She also said she loves a red lip and uses lip stain more than lipstick plus a liner. “If you get a good [stain], you don’t really need a liner,” she said. Style wise, Swift says she has grown up since her last tour. The current look she is obsessed with is the outfit she wears when she starts her shows — black high-waisted shorts, a kind of lace oxford shirt, sparkly red oxford shoes and a black hat.

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