The 20 Most Iconic Cat Eyes of All Time

Rihanna 
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Mastering cat eye liner is like taking the perfect selfie: it takes a few shots until you perfect your angles. In the case of the feline flick, there’s a lot of hand contortionism until you’re able to draw a smooth, winged line. But when that “a-ha” moment finally happens, the classic beauty look will instantly become your signature too. Cat eyes have cemented their timeless appeal thanks to their style and eye-defining range from soft flicks, to precise, glamorous wings. No one knows the power of the cat eye like the stars that have made winged-out liner their go-to look throughout their time in the spotlight. The following iconic cat eyes are 20 reasons to take your liner and wing it.

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Adele

Adele
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Adele's perfect retro flick is just as beautiful as her heart-wrenching love songs.

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Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung 
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Alexa's subtle feline flick has made cat eye eyeliner synonymous with It Girls.

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Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn 
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Somehow, Audrey's elegant slight flick made her beautiful doe eyes look even bigger and brighter.

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj 
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What's good? Nicki's dramatic feline flick never fails to make a dramatic statement onstage or on the red carpet.

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Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot 
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This Parisian beauty's smoky eye and winged-out liner combo transformed her into a French New Wave style icon.

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Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren 
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Sophia's lined, wide-eyed gaze will forever be etched into our memories.

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Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o 
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The actress has effortlessly worn a kaleidoscope of liner shades, but the actress's emerald green cat eye has singlehandedly made us consider tossing our jet black pencils for good.

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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe 
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The 1950s starlet's winged eye, fluffly lashes, and matte red lip is the epitome of glamour.

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Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey 
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Along with her dreamy music, Lana Del Rey's mod-inpired liquid liner makes us weak in the knees.

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Jean Shrimpton

Jean Shrimpton 
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The 1960s British actress and model nailed mod style with her flipped hair, spider lashes, and feline flick.

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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor 
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On-screen as Cleopatra, actress Elizabeth Taylor rocked a black and blue cat eye of epic proportions. Off-screen, her bold, inky cat-flick was equally as memorable.

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Nina Simone

Nina Simone 
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Not only did Nina have one of the most distinctive singing voices of our time, she also flawlessly wore a killer cat eye.

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Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse 
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Only an exaggerated cat eye of epic proportions could match Amy's larger-than-life singing voice.

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Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani 
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Gwen may be known for her classic red lip, but her retro cat eye doesn't lie: the singer's winged-out liner is just as much a part of her signature beauty look.

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Francoise Hardy

Francoise Hardy 
Jean AddaINA

The devistatingly cool '60s singer's perfect flick set the precedent for French girl beauty obsession.

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Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese 
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Dita's flawless feline-flick is a modern nod to classic pin-up beauty.

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Frances Nuyen

Frances Nuyen 
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A perfectly drawn-on winged line transformed the fresh-faced actress into an Old Hollywood siren.

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Diana Ross

Diana Ross 
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Diana's technicolor cat eye reigned supreme from her stint as a member of a 1960s girl group to 1970s disco queen.

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Grace Jones

Grace Jones 
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The androgynous 1970s supermodel's graphic wing is the definition of fierce.

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Rihanna

Rihanna 
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While there's a lot of RiRi beauty looks to love, her smoky, onyx cat eye ode to the character Margot Tenenbaum from Wes Anderson's cult-classic film The Royal Tenenbaums, will always be a standout.

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