Evolution of the classic red lip and cat eye

  • 23 Jul - 29 Jul, 2022
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Beauty

We do love our kohl-rimmed eyes, spend hours brushing out our glossy strands and can't conceive life without a red lipstick. We do love our classics, but we are equally happy to evolve and experiment, swap our tried and tested for the bold and new, and march confidently into the brave, new beauty world. Here's what the world is wearing this season – on their eyes, and lips.

Trend #1: The bold lip

If there's one trend that's been on everyone's lips, from our grandmother's to ours, it's the scarlet pucker. From glossy to matte, the red lip has ruled for decades. In 2015, we embraced our dark side and red's edgier cousin, Bordeaux. The deep hue has found its place firmly in spotlight and has been sported on runways and red carpets.

Trade secret: How do celebs keep their lipstick from smearing? It takes multiple steps! We break it down. First, gently exfoliate lips with a damp washcloth and wipe them clean. Then swipe on a matte lip pencil to create an even base. Dust a translucent powder along edges of lips with a powder brush to lock in the colour; layer a slightly darker pencil along the lip line to create definition. Apply a wine-coloured lipstick to the centre of top and bottom lips. (Avoid goopy glosses.) Dip a brush in concealer and run it around the outside of the lip line to clean up and sharpen edges.

Trend #2: The cat eye

Marilyn Monroe did it. Lauren Conrad championed its cause on celluloid and newbies like Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande upped the ante on it. We are talking about the cat eye – a trend we won't part with for anything. However, an upgrade never hurt anyone. We are happy to wean off the black pencil, if only to add a dash of colour and swap the pointed flick for a full-blown fishtail.

Ramp to real life: Line eyes using a deep metallic grey eyeliner. Blend an intense black and blue-grey eyeshadow on the lids, squaring it off towards the outer edges. Use a white kohl pencil on your lower lash line and finish with two coats of volumising mascara.

Trend #3: The statement eye

Cara Delevingne’s smouldering eyes sparked off the smoky revolution in the world. Suddenly we refused to walk the defined line and happily smudged our lids – all the way to the brow bone. From weddings to walking the red carpet, the smoky became everyone's evening eye. But as desis, our love for colour took over and we added a bit of gold, a hint of blue, and a dash of emerald to the smoky mix.

Expert tip: For a dimensional smoky eye, apply a warm bronze shade from lash line to crease, then add a smokier pewter tone along the crease. Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury likes those warm “coppers, garnets, and amber tones” too but prefers cream formulations to powders. “They're more forgiving and easier to work with,” she says. If any creasing happens, blend with your ring finger. For extra definition, add a few coats of mascara.

Trend #4: Nude makeup complimenting cat eyes

To get this look, keep your makeup minimal and focus on your eye makeup. Let your eyes talk more than your makeup. No dark shades of lipsticks, no highlighting blushers; just your cat eye makeup will do the wonders!

Trend #5: Bronze makeup and glossy red lips

Bronze face paired with a bright red matte lip is a look that never goes out of style. To get the look, go very low with your bronze makeup or else your lipstick will over do the things! Cat eyes, perfectly kohl-rimmed black smoky eyes will be complemented with the glossy finish of your red hot lips.