Maybe Taylor Swift’s adorably humble yet impressively savvy image is more than just a media concoction. Despite the team of professionals she’s surrounded by, the gal frequently does her own makeup. According to celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey, that perfect, dramatic cat eye–a staple hammered into her looks as heavily as her army of pale, full-skirted frocks–is often Taylor’s own handiwork.
“I’m amazed at the speed and precision with which she does her own cat eye,” Bailey gushed over dinner at NYC’s 5 Ninth last night, rendering even the most adept beauty editors at the table a little jealous. Noting that many women have slightly different shaped eyes, Bailey cited “practice, practice, practice” as his main advice for mastering the look, since there’s no uniform trick to account for individual, asymmetrical nuances.