Remember the classic cat-eye makeup of Bollywood beauties from the ‘70s? Actors like Asha Parekh, Sadhna, Sharmila Tagore and Helen elongated their eyes to give a feline look. If the style was popular back then, even now it continues to be a favourite for actors and hence, for their fans off-screen, say make-up gurus.
Delhi-based makeover expert Aashmeen Munjaal says the style is “evergreen”.
“Cat-eye makeup is evergreen in its own way as it manages to make the female actors look stylish, sexy and Indian,” said Munjaal.
It is a versatile style. Just as it complemented Sharmila’s sari-clad look in the 1969 film Aradhana, the cat-eye style also suited cabaret queen Helen, who sported it with a red and black frill dress in the hit song Piya tu ab toh aaja.
From the new age lot, actors like Bipasha Basu, Aishwarya Rai and Anushka Sharma apply similar make-up to enhance their look. Here is how you can try out cat-eyes on yourself.
1. With an extra creamy gel eye-liner, drag the liner using an angled brush starting from inner corner to the eye’s end. You must make the liner slightly thicker as you move your brush.
2. Start a tail in the opposite direction with the tip of the brush facing your temples. Draw the line until it’s connected with the previous line. Either make it thin and pointy or thicken it by adding another line to the shape.
1. Extend the liner to make it thick. Make sure to use black shimmery eye-shade to top the liner.
2. Add a thin line underneath the eyes to give it more impact.
Make sure to have the best lip shade to suit your look. Bollywood beauties now experiment with bold and bright colours with their cat-eyes.
1. Try wearing a bright red lipstick or hot pink shades for an evening out.
2. For a day event go for soft corals or neon shades with your look.
So make your pick, and get set for a catty party!
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2013.
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