Hopping on the Fox Eye Makeup Trend

2 years ago / by Cate Reynolds
fox eye makeup
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One of the recent makeup trends in the beauty world has been fox eye makeup. Though similar to cat eyes and other winged eye looks, fox eyes have become a trend of its own, worn by celebrities like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner. Fox eye makeup consists of emphasizing the inner corners with eyeliner and eyeshadow, creating a sleek and straight wing on the end and blurring it all to remove any harsh lines. 

The look is also versatile depending on the way you want it to look — whether that means a longer wing, more blurred lines or experimenting with different colours, it can be altered slightly for anyone who learns how to do fox eye makeup.

As you hop on the fox eye trend, here are two different fox eye makeup tutorials for you to learn from.

Simple Fox Eye Makeup Step by Step by Hindash

1. Prime the eyelids

As with any eye look, the first (and most important) step is to prime and set the eyelids. Use a concealer, preferably liquid, to prime the eyelids, and then set them with a powder of your choice. This will create an even base and ensure your look will stay perfect for the whole day.

2. Brown eyeshadow

The focus of fox eye makeup is on the outer corner of the eye. So, the first step is to take a light brown and apply it to the outer corner, bringing it slightly into the crease as well. Then, take a darker brown and build up the outer corner, extending it outwards almost like a wing.

3. Add in a lighter shade

Choose a shade that is slightly lighter than your skin. Apply it to the brow bone and the center of the lid, adding dimension to the contour you have already applied. You have now more or less created the base for the look.

4. How to do Fox Eye Eyeliner

The key to any successful fox eye look is learning how to do fox eye eyeliner. Using a liquid black eyeliner, begin by tracing the line of your lid, stopping at about half or 3/4 of the way. Then, begin extending the wing out in a straight line, maintaining a thin line. Your eyeliner should look something like this:

fox eye makeup

5. Lower lash line

Take some of your brown eyeshadow and, focusing on the outer corner again, build it up, bringing it slightly in under the lower lash line as well. While you’re blending and blurring, slightly blur the end of your eyeliner in an outward motion as well.

6. Inner corner

Take a black pencil or eyeliner and create a tiny v in the inner corner, bringing it out slightly to resemble a fox’s eye. 

fox eye makeup

7. Finishing touches

Top it off with some mascara, perhaps some fake eyelashes, and you’re done with your fox eye look! Your finished eye should look something like this:

fox eye makeup

To reference Hindash’s look, check out his video.

Easy Fox Eye Makeup Inspired by Slashed Beauty

1. Prime and set eyelids

Like always, prime your eyelids with concealer and set with a translucent powder or a powder of your skin tone.

2. Creating the wing

Using a brown eyeshadow on an angled brush, start lining your lid from about halfway in. As you bring the liner out, create an angled wing, keeping it thin. Lightly blur the line to make it less harsh.

3. Adding black

Dip into a black eyeshadow and use it to line the brown, adding dimension to it. Blend the edges of it to allow the colours to flow seamlessly together.

fox eye makeup

4. Crease, Lid and Inner Corner

Use a brown shade in your crease, making sure it does not overwhelm the other colours. Take a light shade to pack on the center of your lid, adding more dimension. Finally, add a small v in the inner corner with a dark brown or black shade to imitate a fox’s eye. Finish it off with mascara. Your finished look should look something like this:

fox eye makeup


– If you’re worried about getting your wing exactly straight and angled, use a piece of tape to guide the wing and take it off at the end.

– Fox eyes lend themselves very well to fake eyelashes, especially if you concentrate the bulk of the lashes on the outer corner and then lessen them as you go in. Some popular fake eyelash brands include: Velour, Ardell, Lashify and Eylure. 

– If you’re not comfortable or don’t want to wear fake eyelashes, focus your mascara on the outer corners. Some popular mascaras include: Maybelline Rocket Lash, Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash, Too Faced Better Than Sex and IT Cosmetics Superhero.

– Experiment with different eyeshadows and eyeliners. As seen by these two fox eyeliner tutorials, fox eyes can be done with eyeshadow for a wing or with eyeliner, so play around to see what looks best on you!


1. What is fox eye makeup?

Fox eye makeup is the trend of creating elongated, almond-shaped eyes that resemble those of a fox.

2. What can I use for a fox eye?

Fox eyes are relatively simple — you just need concealer & powder, brown & black eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara or fake eyelashes.

3. How is fox eye different from cat eye?

Fox eyes aim for almond eyes by using a straighter wing, while cat eyes curve up to create a rounded effect. Additionally, fox eyes are characterized by the outer corner wing and the inner corner wing, while cat eyes are just the outer portion.