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The Classic Cat-Eye Gets an Eastern Upgrade at Louis Vuitton

David-Bowie-meets-kabuki makeup drops in Japan

BY AMBER KALLOR

BEAUTY  -  MAY 15

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Nicolas Ghesquière took his traveling Louis Vuitton Cruise show to Kyoto, Japan, the birthplace of geisha culture. With their striking red, white, and black maquillage—a geisha practice that dates back to the Edo period—makeup maestro Pat McGrath certainly didn’t lack inspiration, but she did provide her own modern twist.




In lieu of charcoal (the material traditionally used by geishas to sculpt their eyes and arches), McGrath employed the Black SmudgeLiner Eye Kohl from her Dark Star 006 kit to devise graphic feline flicks and blocked-off brows. The kicker came in the form of colorful, crescent-shaped moons along models’ cheekbones, an element that was either inspired by designer Kansai Yamamoto’s illustrations seen splashed across a sequined dresses and monogrammed pochettes, or the late and legendary David Bowie (a devoted client of Yamamoto’s who studied kabuki makeup with Japan’s most celebrated onnagata, Bando Tamasburo V). 




While the beauty-addicted masses can’t exactly get a private tutorial with Tamasburo V to refine their cat-eye skills like Bowie, we can all take a cue from McGrath’s latest runway creations and wing it.

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