There’s no denying the fact that the cat-eye flick is one of the most iconic beauty looks of all time and, year after year, season after season, it continues to line the lids of women around the world. From Cleopatra and Old Hollywood heroines to modern-day muses like Angelina Jolie, Rihanna, and (of course) Adele, it’s a trend that has stood the test of time – and the SS17 runways of Moschino, Fendi, and Dolce & Gabbana are proof that this feline-inspired look isn’t going anywhere.
The cat-eye is such an iconic look because it elongates the eyes, making them appear bigger and longer.
One leading lady who has perfected the look and has helped make it mainstream is none other than Hollywood heroine and French superstar Brigitte Bardot, who is turning the grand old age of 82 today. In celebration of her birthday, Savoir Flair turned to MAC’s Middle East Senior Makeup Artist Vimi Joshi for her expert tips on how to create the perfect feline flick à la Bardot.
“The cat-eye is such an iconic look because it elongates the eyes, making them appear bigger and longer. Women have always had a fixation with ‘feline’ features and how they exude a look of seduction,” explains Joshi. “It’s an iconic beauty statement and, whilst trends come and go, the classics always stand the test of time. The cat-eye provides an instant lift to the eyes, which every woman wants! It’s also a look that has defined Eastern eyes for centuries.” Read on to get your feline fix and discover how to create the perfect cat-eye flick in four simple steps.
Start by looking in the mirror so that you can see your eye shape straight on. Taking the MAC ‘266 Small Angle Brush’ and MAC ‘Fluidline in Blacktrack’, draw a line on the outer corners of the eyes, where you would like the ‘flick’ to be. Ensure both lines are even and balanced as one of the most important challenges women have in creating a cat-eye is creating an even flick. This technique will save you loads of time.
Then, taking the MAC ‘209 Eye Liner Brush’ and MAC ‘Fluidline in Blackstrack’, draw a line over your eyelids to create the liner that will connect to the flick.
Line your inner waterline using the MAC ‘Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline’.
Finish the look with a generous layer of MAC’s ‘Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara’ to get thick, luscious lashes.
Having said that, if you’re looking for just one product to perfect the cat-eye flick, allow us to introduce Lancôme’s brand new ‘Grandiôse Liner’, a revolutionary product that is the first of its kind. So what makes it so special? Well, it bends. Featuring a 35-degree bendable wand, the liner can be adjusted to create a perfectly angled line and pivots to allow for two stable hand positions during application.