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The Helix Cat-Eye Trend Is Your New Makeup Obsession

Call it a stretch, but beauty and our high school geometry class can intersect. Think about angles, guys. Eyeliner is all about the angles. Which is why the new helix cat eye is our latest obsession. Since we’re a bit rusty on our ninth-grade math, we consulted our pal Merriam Webster on the exact definition of a helix, which says that a helix is the shape formed by a line that curves around and along a central line. How that translates into beautyspeak: A helix cat eye is one that goes beyond the usual wing—it’s a borderline 3D cat eye, featuring a rainbow spiral that swirls around it.

We love how innovative the technique is: Not only is the helix cat eye a supercreative way to play with a few liquid liners or eyeshadows with a fresh look, but it’s also an optical illusion that’ll leave even the biggest Salvador Dali fan or math professor a bit stumped for a second. Maybe. Check out Instagram user glowawaymeg’s shot below.

OK, so this particular helix cat eye looks super complicated, and it probably is. But one Reddit user posted a photo of her helix cat eye alongside directions on how to achieve it—and it’s actually kind of easy. Start by creating the good-old cat eye (here’s your crib sheet in case you need one), but says to make your wing “unreasonably long,” since that will allow more space for the “spins” around the line. Draw three parallel lines on top of the wing with a super-bright liner. “The first line starts at the end of your lash line, and the last one ends two thirds of the way down the wing,” Reddit user OilDerek writes. “Sketch a semicircle at the end of each line, with the end of the semicircle landing about halfway between one line and the next.” Finishing by “add[ing] a little flick” at the end of your wing where “the last line would come out of the other side of the wing.” It may sound complicated, we know, but the final look is pretty next level.

Although we’re uncoordinated at times, we’re going to start practicing now for the weekend.

Want to invent the next helix cat eye? Let this video inspire your next big makeup idea:

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