The Blurred Liner Trend Is About to Solve All Your Cat-Eye Woes

Smudge 'n' go.

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How stressful are cat eyes? Let us count the ways...

Thankfully, the latest Instagram-bred makeup trend happens to be the hack to end all cat-eye hacks. (But really, why didn't we think of this first?)

The blurred liner trend, as its moniker suggests, is all about diffusing the feline flick for a soft-focus effect in favor of flawless precision. It not only gives the cat eye a smoky, rock 'n' roll-inspired look, but is an excellent way to cover up mistakes.

As for achieving the look, all you need is a liner brush, like Charlotte Tilbury's Eye Liner Brush, and smudge-ready black shadow. Once you've slashed on your cat eyes in joyously-blithe fashion, simply use the pencil brush to blend out the top of the line, then smooth on a hint of shadow for the final, blurred-out layer.

A tailor-made shortcut for the lazy days of summer ahead, it's our new go-to eye statement.

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