Doja Cat is never afraid to push boundaries, and her first appearance at the 2023 Met Gala was no exception. On Monday night, she is dressed as a literal cat for fashion’s most glamorous night of the year. The look, which even features cat-like claws, is undoubtedly a tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld’s famous feline, Choupette.
The rapper brought the glamour with bedazzled ears — attached to the hood of her custom Oscar de la Renta gown, hand-embroidered with 350,000 beads, plus a long train of feather — and the purrr-fect kitten nose, sculpted and created by prosthetic artist Malina Stearns, for the grand occasion. The hyper-real transformation calls for a double-take. If we didn’t know any better, we would have thought it was Catwoman making an appearance.
Makeup artist Ernesto Casillas blended everything flawlessly using Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation in shades 8 and 9. “I needed something that was oil free and full coverage,” Casillas says. He uses two tones to create dimension.
And it is only fitting that the look is complete with a strong cat eye. An intense flick of black eyeliner (Casillas used Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick in Panther) is traced along her top and lower lash lines and then extended into bold wings on both ends. For even more impact, Casillas says he “rimmed her waterline with Charlotte Tilbury Matte and Metallic Double Ended Eyeliner in Hollywood Exxagereyes for a super sexy, cat eye.” With a look this fierce, Casillas didn’t hesitate to reach for dramatic lashes as the finishing touch.