When done right, cat eyeliner makeup is absolutely captivating. These celebs were famous for their acting, sex appeal, singing - and cat eyes! The classic look so many of us adore was spearheaded by these and other celebrities who flaunted this flirty look.
Barefoot in the Park was one of the first movies I watched that made me actively aware of the cat eye look. I didn’t know what it WAS, exactly. Just waking up to makeup looks and styles, I was probably in junior high and channel surfing when I stumbled on this 1960s classic starring Jane Fonda, and I was instantly captivated.
Jane Fonda rocked the look throughout her career, probably most memorably in Barbarella.
The queen of the cat eye herself, Audrey Hepburn. I fell in love with her look when I was a youngster. Her quotes on beauty and her charming performances in movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s completely enchanted me.
If there were Hollywood starlet versions of Disney Princesses, Audrey Hepburn would definitely have her own castle.
I can’t think of cat eye makeup without thinking of Uhura from Star Trek. Nichelle Nichols may very well have been born with cat eye makeup immaculately in place as far as I know. Her career is defined by her role on Star Trek, but my makeup-oriented memory always thinks of her gorgeous eyeliner first.
Gorgeous and always perfectly shaped winged liner was a hallmark of Nichelle Nichols’ look - along with an ultra-short miniskirt and hoop earrings.
One of Hollywood’s pioneers in controversy, Marilyn Monroe was rarely seen without her signature cat eyes. I first saw her look when I watched The Seven Year Itch, and promptly found Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Judge me if you must, but I absolutely adore Marilyn Monroe’s breathless delivery and daring, suggestive performances.
Cleopatra herself! Elizabeth Taylor rocked her cat eye like she owned and trademarked it. Famous not only for her child stardom-to-sensual starlet Hollywood acting, but for whirlwind romances - Elizabeth Taylor was married 8 times!! EIGHT! The woman was a wedding junkie! Though technically she only had 7 husbands (she married Richard Burton twice).
Glamour, thy name is Elizabeth Taylor.
Starting out as one of The Supremes, Diana Ross carried her cat eye look with her to a solo career. Her huge, soulful eyes immediately draw me in, and they’re a major focus of attention whenever I watched her performances.
I was torn about including her on this list because she also belongs on another list I’m compiling of iconic celebs with the most AMAZING lashes I’ve ever seen - just look at those things!
Smoky eyes, kitten flecks, rounded eyeliner and au naturale all have their place, but a precise cat eye is still my absolute favorite look.