Ella Eyre arriving at the Capital FM Summertime Ball in London sporting sleek swipes of cat eye makeup. Ella Eyre arriving at the Capital FM Summertime Ball in London sporting sleek swipes of cat eye makeup.

For our second Cat Nights installment, we take a more in depth look at this obscure legend and fashion occasion.

It’s with quite a lot of restraint that we don’t capitalize “occasion,” or underline it, or highlight it in fun colors. It might be “obscure” now, but we think this niche concept will catch on quick enough.

Yesterday, in honor of Cat Nights, we shined a spotlight on cat eye sunnies. Today, we’ll take the opportunity to look closely at the phenomenon of cat eye makeup.

 

A while back, we highlighted this beauty technique and noted its storied past and continued revival. It’s basically incontestable that this winged effect stands as one of the most tried-and-true makeup effects of all time. And that goes for icons from Elizabeth Taylor to Cleopatra.

This fact begs the question, why are cats such a central fixture in fashion?

Maybe the answer lies, in part, with Cat Nights. Felines have long been associated with femininity. In fact, the concepts are so intertwined that they share the same prefix in English. Coincidence? We think not. (Scholars of the English language, step forward to prove us wrong now or forever hold your peace.) More to come on this! In the meantime, enjoy this updated series of expertly applied cat eye makeup. — jas