The Revolution of the Cat-Eye

The Revolution of the Cat-Eye

 
 

If I had to name one beauty trend I've stuck with over the past decade, it would be the timeless cat-eye. For me, it is simply a staple in my everyday beauty routine and I'm continually graced by witnessing other women flaunting it as well in their own unique ways. Thinking about it- Who wouldn't want to take part in such a ritual that was brought to us by the Egyptian goddesses before us? Through thick and thin (literally), the cat-eye has flourished throughout the years and continues to be revolutionized by modern day babes.

 

Behold some of the most iconic winged-out looks:

 
 
 
Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra (1963)

Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra (1963)

 
 

First and foremost, we have to thank the Egyptians for creating such a look. It wasn't so much about aesthetic as it was made out of kohl and was worn for protection from the sun and the "evil eye". Elizabeth Taylor, goddess of the 60s', donned the look in the movie Cleopatra. 

 
 
Josephine Baker (1920)

Josephine Baker (1920)

 
 
Coco Chanel (1920)

Coco Chanel (1920)

 
 

Babes of the roaring 20s' took a very sultry approach, while some, who were influenced by fashion queen Coco Chanel, kept it clean and simple. 

 
 
Hedy Lamarr (1940)

Hedy Lamarr (1940)

 
 

In the decade of pin up girls and voluptuous models, there's no wonder why the cat-eye made a big statement. Hedy Lamarr, actress and scientist (She helped develop a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes during World War II! I mean how much more badass can you be?), will forever be in my top favorites of this era. The simplicity and barely-there lines lets the lashes do all the talking. 

 
 
Brigitte Bardot (1950)

Brigitte Bardot (1950)

 
 

The 50s' brought us liquid liner and Brigitte Bardot mastered the perfectly unperfect, cool-girl cat-eye look. Smudged liner above and below the lash line never looked so good. If you're channeling your inner sex kitten, get into some Bardot vibes.

 
 
Tammi Terrell (1960′s)

Tammi Terrell (1960′s)

 
 
Edie Sedgwick (1960)

Edie Sedgwick (1960)

 
 

Ah, the 60s'. A time of thick, more abstract wings and unapologetic looks. Not to mention a time where music and art really influenced the world of beauty. I take note from these ladies the most when I do my beauty routine. 

 
 
Debbie Harry by Andy Warhol (1980)

Debbie Harry by Andy Warhol (1980)

 
 

The Cat-eye meets punk edge in the 80s'. Pop culture queens like Debbie Harry (Blondie) and Madonna weren't afraid of coloring outside the lines and influenced so many in this decade of pop-star beauty. Bright, smudged shadow (with the subtlest flick of a wing) paired with bold lipstick is the recipe for BIG MOOD.

 
 
Kate Moss (1990)

Kate Moss (1990)

 
 

Through rave culture and the grunge scene, the cat-eye took a sublime turn in the 90s'. Kate Moss's messy blue shadow, with just a tint of gold underneath the lash line, is the perfect example of this.

 
 
Amy Winehouse (00s')

Amy Winehouse (00s')

 
 

Obviously there is no way I couldn't mention Amy Winehouse. Not only was her music moving, her artistic expression through beauty was so unique. She took on a style that was completely her own. A Go big or go home kind of style. 

 
 

Who are your cat-eye icons?

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