18 Times Celebrities Elevated the Basic Cat-Eye and Made Us Want to Level Up Too

18 Times Celebrities Elevated the Basic Cat-Eye and Made Us Want to Level Up Too
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Few makeup looks have endured as many trends as the cat eye. Though we’re constantly managing a steady stream of new eyeliner and eyeshadow styles, mainly from bloggers and vloggers via social media, the flick at the end of the eye has somehow stood the test of time.

Perhaps its versatility is what makes it a longstanding favorite. After all, you’ll be hard pressed to find an outfit, hairstyles or other color product that clashes. And though plenty of us love to complain about how difficult it is to get both wings to actually match, there are a handful of helpful tools making the process nearly foolproof in 2018.

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But still, though we’re thankful for its staying power, we’re equally intrigued when it comes to updating an elevating its signature appearance. And who better than celebrities armed with some of the world’s best makeup artists to serve us the inspo needed to level up and finally try something new.

Whether it’s a cat eye outlined in bold color, jewels at either corner or extended lines atop the inner corners, these A-list-approved styles are worthy or recreation.

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STYLECASTER | Celebs Who Elevated the Basic Cat Eye | Andra Day

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Andra Day

The singer proved that two colors are better than one when she lined her sharp cat eye with green on the upper and lower lash lines at the 2018 espnW Summit.

STYLECASTER | Celebs Who Elevated the Basic Cat Eye | Bella Hadid

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Bella Hadid

At the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, the top model elongated her eye shape by extending the cat eye into the inner corners.

STYLECASTER | Celebs Who Elevated the Basic Cat Eye | Dua Lipa

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Dua Lipa

For the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival, the singer paired spider-like lashes with a thick, forest green cat eye across her lids.

STYLECASTER | Celebs Who Elevated the Basic Cat Eye | Emily Ratajkowski

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Emily Ratajkowski

For the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, the model and actress brought out her brown eyes with a contrasting shade of green.

STYLECASTER | Celebs Who Elevated the Basic Cat Eye | Emma Watson

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Emma Watson

For the 2017 premiere of Beauty and the Beast, the British actress drew two lines on the corner of each lid to simplify application, but still maintain the same impact.

STYLECASTER | Celebs Who Elevated the Basic Cat Eye | Emmy Rossum

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Emmy Rossum

The Shameless actress paired her red wardrobe with a cat eye in the same color for the 2018 Sports Humanitarian Awards.

STYLECASTER | Celebs Who Elevated the Basic Cat Eye | Kelly Clarkson

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Kelly Clarkson

The singer accentuated her blue cat eye by lining the lower lash line in the same hue for the 2018 CMT Music Awards.

STYLECASTER | Celebs Who Elevated the Basic Cat Eye | Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian

For the 2018 Met Gala, the media and beauty mogul amped up her black liner with a set of almond-colored contacts.

STYLECASTER | Celebs Who Elevated the Basic Cat Eye | Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga

For this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the A Star is Born actress (and singer) added a pop of color to her glowy glam with sparkly blue liner.

STYLECASTER | Celebs Who Elevated the Basic Cat Eye | Laverne Cox

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Laverne Cox

The Orange is the New Black star pulled out all the stops for the 2017 Grammy Awards, incorporating different shades and even jewels into her look.

STYLECASTER | Celebs Who Elevated the Basic Cat Eye | Lily Collins

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Lily Collins

For the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, the actress remixed the classic look by donning small triangle outlines on both eyes.

STYLECASTER | Celebs Who Elevated the Basic Cat Eye | Lupita Nyong'o

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Lupita Nyong’o

For the 2018 Annual Accessories Council ACE Awards, the Oscar winner created her cat eye using only jewels for the tail ends.

STYLECASTER | Celebs Who Elevated the Basic Cat Eye | Zoe Kravitz

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Zoe Kravitz

We love how the actress outlined her lids instead of opting for a thicker cat eye at Saint Laurent’s Fall 2017 runway show.

STYLECASTER | Celebs Who Elevated the Basic Cat Eye | Lais Ribeiro

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Lais Ribeiro

We love the sheer shade-in take of this classic style, as spotted on the Victoria’s Secret model at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival.

STYLECASTER | Celebs Who Elevated the Basic Cat Eye | Sofia Carson

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Sofia Carson

For the L.A. premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the actress looked fiery and fierce in a cat eye outlined with red shadow.

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Rihanna

The singer, actress and beauty boss was all smiles in white liner at the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show.

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Amandla Stenberg

A pop of yellow on the actress’ lids brought her head-to-toe look together at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards.

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Alicia Vikander

For the 2018 Met Gala, the Oscar winner extended her cat eye to the inner corners and opted for a slightly higher outline on the outsides to create a long, diagonal shape across the eyes.

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