Reverse Cat Eye Lash Extensions Explained & Illustrated

By Emily M.| Last updated on April 19, 2024
reverse cat eye lash extensions
⏱️ 4 min read

Lash extensions have become a popular treatment due to their longevity, durability, and overall appearance. They can draw attention to your eyes, accentuate or correct the eye shape, and help you go eye makeup free for up to 8 weeks.

Naturally, the demand for lash extensions has grown and lash techs started coming up with new and exciting styles to offer to their clients.

In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about reverse cat eye lash extensions, how they’re done, and how they differ from the original cat eye style.

What Are Reverse Cat Eye Lash Extensions?

Reverse cat eye lash extensions are a unique style that takes inspiration from the original cat eyelash extensions, which are one of the most popular extension styles to date.

While traditional cat eye lash extensions are primarily focused on adding length and volume to the outer corners of the eyes and creating an elongated effect, the reverse cat eye technique emphasizes the inner corners, resulting in a distinctive, eye-opening effect.

Since they create an opposite effect of the classic cat eye, they are suitable for a larger number of eye shapes and sizes.

what are reverse cat eye lash extensionsImage source: Facebook – Beautify Curacao 

Difference Between Cat Eye & Reverse Cat Eye Lash Extensions

With so many lash extension styles available, it’s easy to get confused. That’s why PMUHub is here to explain the difference between the cat eye and the reverse cat eye lash style and make your choice a bit easier!

Cat eye lash extensions are specially designed to provide the effect of wearing winged or cat eye eyeliner. This is achieved by placing the shortest lash extensions in the inner corners of the eye and then moving toward the outer corners by slowly increasing the length.

The result is a lifted, slightly angled look that can be done very dramatically or kept more natural. However, cat eye lash extensions can make the eyes appear smaller and more closed, or even create a droopy eyelid effect on some eye shapes.

Reverse cat eye lash extensions, on the other hand, are designed to create an eye-opening effect and make the eyes appear closer together, instead of lifted and further apart.

To achieve this look, lash techs place longer extensions in the inner corners of the eyes and the shortest ones in the outer corners, which is opposite from the placement needed to create a cat eye effect.

How Are Reverse Cat Eye Lashes Done?

Reverse cat eye lash extensions require careful planning and a good lash map to get right. An experienced tech first needs to assess your eye shape and the state of your natural lashes to decide on the best length, thickness, and curl.

Just like cat eye extensions, reverse cat eye lashes can be created with classic extensions and volume lash extensions.

The most commonly used lengths for the reverse cat eye effect range from 7mm to 14mm.

Basically, any curl will do for creating this look, but techs most commonly use the M curl. You can also opt for a more feathery style of reverse cat eye lashes, and in that case, your tech will use wispies to add some spikes.

Here’s the best option for reverse cat eye lash mapping that will suit most eye shapes:

reverse cat eye lash extensions

Who Do Reverse Cat Eye Lashes Suit Best?

Before deciding on which lash extension style to get, it is important to assess the eye shape. The reverse cat eye is a style that best suits people with small eyes, wide-set eyes, hooded and monolid eyes.

Since the longer extension lengths are applied to the inner corners this draws the eyes together and creates balance.

And, as we previously mentioned, the reverse cat eye makes the eyes appear more open, which is beneficial for people with hooded and monolid eyes.

If you’re not sure if the reverse cat eye is the best option for you, read our blog on Lash Styles for Different Eye Shapes here.

How to Maintain Reverse Cat Eye Lash Extensions

No matter which style of extensions you choose in the end, they all require some maintenance. Here are our tips for healthy lashes and long-lasting extensions:

  • Don’t get your lashes wet in the first few hours post-treatment.
  • Avoid using oil-based skincare products and makeup removers.
  • Avoid sleeping face down.
  • Don’t touch, rub, or pull your lashes as this may lead to permanent damage.
  • Brush and clean your lashes regularly by giving them a lash bath.
  • Don’t use lash curlers or regular mascaras. Instead, check out our guide on the best extension-friendly mascara formulas.

So, Should You Give Reverse Cat Eye Lashes a Try?

If you’re not a fan of the sultry, elongated eye effect, and you’re looking for something a bit more natural, we highly recommend giving reverse cat eye lash extensions a try!

Just make sure to book your treatment with a reputable technician who has enough experience to create the best look for your specific eye shape.

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