Originating from The Egyptian Queen herself – Cleopatra – the winged cat eye is a beautiful piece of makeup history.
Using a dark black line under the eye to protect herself from the evil eye and enhance her own beauty, Cleopatra believed that it could bring the body closer to the gods in the afterlife. Makeup was a ritual that played an importance to ones existence both in this life – and the next. The eyeliner was widely used by women – but also by men to deflect light and give an antibacterial protection. Egyptians would line the upper and lower rims with a small stick coated in a paste made of water and minerals. What we refer to as “kohl” was also made of “galena” or a dark grey ore of lead which was stored in special jars to preserve its usability. Over the centuries, myths have changed and of course, ingredients have progressed but the purpose of the winged eyeliner has remained the same. Also referred to as “the cat eye” – it has fast become the most classic beauty trend in history and is used from catwalk to high street to charity shop bargain hunters! The drawn on “wings” made their way to Hollywood in the 1950s and onto the beautiful faces of stars such as Anna Karina, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot and eventually – full circle to Elizabeth Taylor who stared in the classic film “Cleopatra” in 1963!.
Back in 2015 – we wrote about how to get the perfect winged eyeliner – Click here to read. However we realised that for those Golden Girls, it isn’t always this easy and thus began our hunt for tips and tricks to make it easier. If the winged eyeliner is good enough for Cleopatra then we figured that it is good enough for the queens in our own lives. Why should glamorous makeup be reserved for those ‘young uns’ – after all, we have probably watched and learnt from our own older sisters, mums and grandparents in the first place.
5 Tips for Golden Girls:
- If your eyes are creased, hooded or oily – invest in a great primer that stays put. Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion is a great choice and widely used for a clean base when applying eye makeup. Preparation is key for any hooded or more mature eyelids to try and prevent transfer when blinking or closing eyes.
- Use a smudge proof eyeliner and mascara as with the above, when you blink or close your eyes, sometimes the hood of the eyelid can completely make any makeup disappear so using good smudge proof products is essential.
- Blend any makeup above the crease of your eyelid. Any shimmer or colour applied onto the eyelid becomes hidden when we open our eyes naturally. Blend above the crease and onto the brow bone gives a softness to the eye and helps it appear more youthful while allowing the focus to be on the winged flick at the lash line.
Contrary to popular belief, there are many different types of cat flicks out there! Instead of winging you liner straight up at the outer corners, try extending the line past the creases of your lid and draw your wing. Or why not make the flicks more curved depending on the unique shape of your eyes. Don’t just stick with the common classic – find one that works for you. Experiment and practice!
- Remember that you are not alone – there are endless celebrities out there that have hooded and more mature eyes. Cate Blanchett, Dana Delany and Kristin Chenoweth are some great examples of celebs over the age of 40 that are still rocking their makeup and with plenty of sparkle too! Find a great style that you love and never let age define who you are!
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