If there is one person whose beauty stash we’re constantly dying to raid, it would have to be Katy Perry. Her never-take-yourself-too-seriously vibe translates from head, to nails, to toe, whenever we spot her on the red carpet or jetting off around the world. Whether she’s decked out in denim-colored strands, neon smoky eyes, or rocking the vote via her mani, her sense of style is fully unique. Heck, she even pulled off a Bump-It for the Golden Globes. It makes sense that Katy’s evolving hair and makeup moments landed her as one of the coolest CoverGirls. But her boundary-pushing boldness doesn’t just stop at being the face of the iconic brand. Now, she’s using her creative genius to craft her very own Katy Kat Collection (out now). The line, chock-full of super hydrating, colorful, demi matte lipsticks (with namesake feline titles — a nod to her OG cat, Kitty Purry) and mascaras ranging from jet black to electric blue, allows everyone who hits up the drugstore to channel their inner pop star. And for just $6.99 a piece, too. We caught up with Katy to discuss her thoughts on replacing cherry ChapStick with black lipstick, capturing your personality through your clothing, and why being a cat lady is literally the coolest.
On dreaming up the range of colors for the Katy Kat collection: I obviously wanted a variety of classic colors and colors that would fit all of the different skin tones, but for me, I always push the envelope and try for a unique look. I know CoverGirl has been around forever, and they’re super classic, but, for instance, they never had a black lipstick, and I’m like, guys, it’s 2016. Go online, go on Tumblr — everybody is wearing black lipstick! Or Cosmo Kitty. Which I think are the two real standout unique pieces. I think that there are these types of colors available in higher priced makeup, even the blue mascara. I won’t name any names! I used to wear blue mascara all the time back in the day, but it would cost me an arm and a leg. If I wanted to refresh it, it was an arm and a leg. These — both the mascara and lipstick — are $6.99. I think you can play. You can use blue mascara and black lipstick, finally. You don’t have to wear an eyeliner anymore! You just get a black lipstick that stays. So, I wanted to cover the classics, but also bring in my own spin, which is loud and bright and playful and definitely unique.
On her beauty vibe in L.A. versus NYC: You know, I find myself wearing a bit more black in New York. I guess that’s the way to go. And color when I’m in California. I think New York is more chic, high fashion, a little goth, androgynous. And California to me feels very vintage, pinup, Lolita, Marilyn Monroe-esque. For Met Gala, it just depends on what I’m going to wear. I’m wearing a really large thing tomorrow, which will be very difficult to use the restroom in. I might just wear a diaper. Don’t quote me on that! I don’t really care. I’m just going to be looking around for people to help me to the restroom! I feel like I’m going to be one of those brides. But, there’s a lot going on with the dress. I already know that I’m going to be wearing the Perry Panther. And I’m going to attempt to wear the Perry Blue mascara and keep everything else simple. But those are already two striking colors that you don’t always look to for your eyes and lips, so in that way it’s different.
On how to pull off black lipstick IRL: Here’s the thing. It’s a nice demi-matte, so it’s going to stay. A gloss black, no. Black is very tricky. It can get everywhere and then it falls and then you’ve got some gray here. This to me is great, because it stays. It’s not too matte. There are some lipsticks you put on because you want an all-day wear, and then you look like you haven’t drunk water in two weeks. You look like you’re on…something. Your lips are flaking off! You don’t want that. Of course, a demi-matte was important. I find it very high fashion. It’s kind of like, to me, when I used to do all of the hair colors, that was my accessory. I didn’t have to accessorize a lot. If you pop a black lipstick on, even if you don’t have time to do very much else, you’re still saying something. You’re still making a statement that’s cool and edgy and unique and different.
On how her beauty routine changes leading up to a big event: It’s hard because New York is all about nightlife and lack of self control! So, I’ll try and put myself to bed with a Sleepytime Tea tonight. But it doesn’t start until later, so it’s not a morning thing. I’m not great with mornings. I’ll probably have a facial this evening. I do some of those LED lights which are probably a crock of crap, but I do them anyway. I would say, obviously drinking water and doing a regimen. I never go to sleep with makeup on — very rarely. I used to keep my makeup on, because I didn’t want to pull back that curtain if I was having a friend over. Or, I’d get up an hour earlier and be like, yeah… No, I don’t wake up like that. I look like a potato, somewhat. I love dabbling with makeup. I always like highlighting whatever you do have. There isn’t a huge regimen that I do. I do stuff like lasers and very slight peels. Not anything heavy. For my age, I don’t need anything more than lasers. I think technology is so great, you do one every three, four, six months. Don’t necessarily need to put the holes in the skin yet and pull it back like Marlene Dietrich wove her skin back.
On how her beauty style has changed over the years: It’s very hard for me to be understated and demure. Maybe demure, sometimes, when I’m going for a romantic look. But, when I’m working and on the road, or promoting my music, I definitely turn it up a few notches and can be a bit cartoony. I’m trying to go less of the cartoony, because I feel like I was that for so many years, so I definitely have to evolve. I don’t wear a lot of black, but I used to not wearany black, so I can incorporate it in kind of a real goth/androgynous way. But I do love prints. And I like humor. Anything that has a little bit of tongue in cheek to it. That tells a story in and of itself. Sometimes, when I’m going into an area with a lot of people and I don’t get to meet everyone, but I get to make a statement with how I present myself, I tell stories with my clothes. Which is why I’ve been fond of designers in the past that kind of, you know, take the piss. I don’t take it too seriously, although I do like to wear some lines that are somewhat serious. I think fashion is becoming more fun. Five years ago it was a much harder game. There was a lot more politics and worship and now everyone is kind of realizing that we’re all just humans at the end of it all, and we don’t take these clothes with us. What does your soul wear?
On living that cat lady life: You know, throughout my life I’ve had several cats. And one of them in particular, Kitty Purry, has been kind of like the cat that changed my life. I grew up with dogs, mostly. And I do have a dog now; her name is Nugget, and she’s as big as that mascara. She’s super small! She’s great. She’s such a cuddler. Kitty Purry is fantastic. She’s super independent. Kitty and I met when she hopped through a window of my boyfriend’s at the time. She was pregnant. And she had kittens — one set in the closet. Two years later she had another set of kittens. It was so funny. I had come to check on her, and we knew how many kittens were in her belly — I think it was five. And, there were only four when I showed up to the house and I was like, “Oh crap. She ate one!” Or something. You know, who knows? I was sad and I set them up for bed. And then under the sheets I just heard, “Meow, meow, meow!” And she had the babies in the bed underneath the sheets and there was one hanging out there. I just love their independence. And their unique quality. I guess I relate to them as though I had to be one, or some kind of spirit animal bullsh*t. I would be a cat.