give your go-to cat-eye a major makeover

talk about a minimalist's dream

Photographed by Brayden Olson

When you're trying to execute the perfect beauty look, the right eyeliner is crucial—and how you use it is just as important. We’ve teamed up with Clinique to bring you a six-part series dedicated to mastering the art of lining the windows to your soul. Over the coming weeks, we’re going to show you how to achieve an array of styles that make your go-to cat eye look like child’s play—all with unexpected pops of color from Clinique’s new Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara and Skinny Stick Eyeliner for fall.

Like a little black dress, the cat-eye is a timeless classic. Depending on how you flick it, you could add a heighten sense of drama or an air of delicate innocence. There’s a reason it’s a go-to, but it’s that very reason it can become fatigued. (Yes, even a classic needs a little spicing up from time to time.)

And who better to show us a new look than New York-based DJ and designer Mia Moretti. Ever the style chameleon, Moretti can pull off the bohemian dream girl one day and transform into a futuristic Wes Anderson muse the next. It’s effortless to her and we envy her for it. Beauty is about your character in life. Moretti understands this well and shared with us her most prized tips, tricks, along with an inspired remix of the classic cat-eye—one we’ll be rocking all the time this fall.

What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty is an extension of your personality. To me, beauty should always make you feel better about who you are. Beauty should put you in the mood you want to be in when you leave the house. If you’re down or tired, whatever the case may be, I always use beauty as a costume. It helps me get in the mood I need to be in for whatever I’ve got going on. I don’t like taking a funk out of the house. Beauty is about shapeshifting.

What's the best piece of beauty advice you've been given?
Get a good night’s sleep, trust your instincts, and reapplying the famous accessories rule to your face: take one thing off before you leave the house.

If you've only got a few minutes to get ready, what are a few things you absolutely have to do?
Grab a makeup wipe and clean your face before throwing on a tinted moisturizer, red lip, and mascara.

Photographed by Brayden Olson; Makeup by Min Min Ma; Nails by Miss Pop; Hair by Enrico Mariotti; Styled by Marissa Smith.