The Science Of Spring 2014 Beauty Trends

Trend: The Cat Eye

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Seen at: Dennis Basso, Tracy Reese, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Jeremy Scott From Sophia Loren to Brigitte Bardot, cat eye makeup has long been the signature of the seductress. Classic black liquid liner gave the models at Tracy Reese an authentic 60s feel, while NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Kalisté made for a more edgy teal version at Marc Jacobs. At Stella McCartney, lead makeup artist Pat McGrath said you could even rock a cat eye during the day, just by changing colors: “Use a muted charcoal gray instead of black—it feels more rebellious than flirtatious,” she advised. The long flick of liner that is the hallmark of this legendary look elongates the length of the eye. Large eyes on a female is an evolutionary cue that suggests she has low androgen (male) hormones and high estrogen, both signs of youth and robust fertility. And studies reveal that babies look at a face three times as long if there’s a reciprocal gaze, as it implies the type of mutual adoration we love as social beings. The eyes have it—and clearly, anyone looking to win a heart should start with the windows to the soul.