With mismatched shapes, drawn-on Twiggy lashes, and similarly dramatic lidwork being the latest pandemic-era trend, eyeliner ‘s intended function — you know, to line up your eyes — at this point seems almost antiquated. Hours of vloggers you’ve watched go to work with incredibly complex designs and comically random flecks, but none match up to the mastery of the floating crease-adorned double cat-eye that just happened on Rita Ora ‘s Instagram.
Facial covers have transformed 2020 into the year of creative eye makeup and its breakout star has been the unassuming eyeliner pencil. Here we are entering mid-September and the looks keep coming, this time in the form of a perhaps unparalleled double cat-eye / floating twofer crease.
Ora ‘s new selfie collection features a thick, elongated wing reaching from the corner of her eye, then another, slightly thinner one coming from below the waterline, then a third swipe emerging from the inner corners and following its crease, making for an inventive combination of many big trends.
First, there’s the cat-eye, an old favorite made fresh again with the inclusion of a twin wing; then there’s the floating bridge, which Lucy Boynton (and others) made outrageously famous in 2019.
The version of the singer is flatter than the typical wispy wing and although many double cat-eyes come from the same source, hers leaves a sliver of negative space in between. Before now, failing to get right against those bottom lashes would have meant a blunder almost certainly — could this mean that the negative-space liner is no longer just a top-eyelid thing?
If anyone is able to ignite an eyeliner trend, it is Ora. In December, her vibrant, glittery blue swirls were the beauty highlight of the 2019 British Fashion Awards (possibly prompting subsequent experimentation) shortly before creative liner became a lockdown pastime. Now double cat-eyes-plus-floating creases are destined to become the new motif with this latest development.