photo 3.PNGIf you’ve seen me out in the past few weeks, chances are you’ve seen me rocking the cat eye.

Ever since I took the All About Eyes! Makeup Class at goldplaited, I’ve been putting what I learned into practice. Before taking the class, I attempted the cat eye a few times on my own and it always ended up crooked or smudged. I’d wait until I was getting ready for a night out, then try to put this look into place. Inevitably, I’d wipe it off & try again repeatedly.

Since taking the class I realized that the cat eye takes practice, a steady hand, and knowing where to add the flair. It’s probably better to practice everyday than to wait until go-time like I did.

photo 5.PNGHeld at goldplaited, a finishing salon in Lincoln Park, the shop is a unique blend of blowout bar and makeup lounge. I was welcomed into the class with smiles and champagne by co-owner Mal Strong. A great start!

The main instructor for the class, Marguerite, lead us through demos of three looks: a natural day-to day look, a dramatic smoky eye, and the cat eye. Then we got a chance to practice on ourselves, as several instructors roamed around and gave individual instruction. You can either bring your own makeup or use what goldplaited provides, and as a bonus, the staff were on hand at their Braid bar, to throw in a quick, fun braid to pair with your smoky eye!

Check out the next All About Eyes! Eye Makeup Class or view all of the classes held at goldplaited.

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Dabble Drop-In: Tips For All About Eyes! Eye makeup looks (Bonus: Braid Bar!) Class:

Come to this class with… your best friend, your sister, or your mom!

Use this class to… try makeup looks you’ve always wanted. The instructors will help you perfect what you’re going for.

You’d be surprised that… you don’t have to spend big bucks on makeup to get fabulous results. Goldplaited recommends L’Oreal Gel Lacquer Liner, which I scored from my local cosmetics store for about $7.

Come prepared with… all your makeup questions! The friendly goldplaited staff will definitely have an answer for you. “Why does my cat eye look tipsy?” “My smokey eye looks a hot mess. What am I doing wrong?” “What can I do to have my eye shadow last all day and not cake in my lid?”

Appropriate hashtag… #Goldblooded #AllAboutEyes

What to do in the area… get your game on at Headquarters (HQ), with 30+ vintage arcade games, appealing to those looking for an alternative to the monotonous. Or dine on flavorful, creative sushi, sashimi, signature Maki, hot noodles and unique desserts at Nori, or get a jolt of java at Bow Truss Coffee Rosters on Broadway and taste how this collective of veteran coffee professionals does it right.