'Cats' Musical Wiki

The makeup used by performers in Cats is absolutely essential to the transformation of the human face into a Cat. The most common makeup designs, as used in the Cats Video, are by Karen Dawson, who worked on many UK-based productions. Nancy Powell worked on the designs used in the US tours, Candace Carell worked on the original Broadway production.

Interviews and Stage By Stage Links[]

Often when journalists see "Behind the scenes" on Cats they watch a performer applying their makeup, while interviewing them.

Karen Dawson Makeup Design Charts[]

Revised John Napier Makeup Design Charts[]

Makeup Product References[]

Backstage photos that include the range of products used by the professional casts.

Makeup Application Collages[]

When you are studying a makeup design independently, it can be very useful to see how a range of performers have interpreted the same basic design. Rather than scrolling through a dozen different photos, these collages bring together several different interpretations in one image.