Introducing the Cat-Eye 2.0 | Fashion Week Beauty Trends
Winged eyeliner, the pinnacle of Hollywood glamour and the little black dress of makeup, has finally received the upgrade it deserves. Since the days of Marilyn Monroe, Anna Karina and Brigitte Bardot, the coquettish flick has remained mostly unaffected by the changing times—until now. With all eyes on the runway, backstage beauty experts produced a bevy of fresh cat-eye looks, introducing audiences to a range of new shapes, colors and highly desirable drama. Below, we present Fashion Month’s best liner looks (plus shoppable links) that usher in a new era of feline flicks.
Visionary artist Pat McGrath kicked off Fashion Week with the cat-eye of the future, reinventing the classic point with a rounded shape at Tom Ford. We saw a similar, more smudged version of the spherical liner at Jason Wu, but McGrath’s glittering swoop wins for coolest upgrade.
Re-create the look by drawing the rounded shape with a smudge-proof liner. Next, layer the darkest shimmer shade (bottom right) from Tom Ford’s Titanium Smoke Eyeshadow Quad on top. Finish with lashings of mascara.
Oscar de la Renta
The flirtatious wing created by Tom Pecheux at Oscar de la Renta boasts a ’60s-era twist and is indeed the easiest to wear off the runway. Using M·A·C Cosmetics, the artist painted a flash of pastel to the outer corner (each model displaying a glint of blue, turquoise, lilac or pink), adding some intrigue to an otherwise traditional cat-eye.
Diane Kendal’s alluring, Cleopatra-esque liner at Marc Jacobs is just the kind of sensational beauty we’ve come to expect from the designer’s catwalk. Using Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er Precision Eyeliner in Blacquer, Kendal created six versions of the fierce wing, each tailored to suit the individual model’s eye shape—some thicker, some more elongated and so on.
When creating the look at home, be aware of your eye shape. Round eyes? Go for an exaggerated point. Almond? Aim for a straight shape across the lid, hugging the lash line.
The woman who coined the phrase “feline flick,” Charlotte Tilbury dropped the mic on graphic liner with her Amy Winehouse–meets–Kate Moss look at Versus Versace. No one creates mesmerizing eyes like the makeup maven, who used her signature Feline Flick Quick Fine Line Shodo Pen to create a wicked wing shape, offset with glowing skin (using her Hollywood Beauty Light Wand) and nude lips.
Makeup artist Peter Philips created a high-impact shape with an inky cobalt eyeliner at Fendi. Using Dior beauty, Philips concocted a look that enhanced Karl Lagerfeld’s architectural silhouettes and paired perfectly with Sam McKnight’s brightly colored side bangs for a bold, punk vibe.
Re-creating the look? Again, shape is key. Philips tailored the liner to whatever best flattered the model’s own eyes, resulting in varied wings (some curved, some more triangular) as demonstrated above on the Sisters Hadid (Gigi and Bella).
Makeup artist James Kaliardos updated the tried-and-true makeup look by inverting the liner at Jill Stuart. His reverse cat-eye was applied to the lower lash line, extending outward from the bottom for a captivating, mod eye.
When re-creating the look, opt for a long-wear formula to keep your sharp eyeliner from running near the waterline.
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