Even if you usually prefer a more natural look with makeup, sometimes it's fun to try something a bit more wild. Cleopatra, the Queen of the Nile, was known for her stunning beauty partly because of the dramatic makeup she wore. Whether you're headed to a costume party or just spending the night out with friends, Cleopatra's eye makeup will make you the star of the show.

Step 1

Wash your eye area with water and a gentle cleanser. Remove old makeup if you're currently wearing any.

Step 2

Apply a dab of primer on each eyelid. Gently rub the primer in up to the brow bone.

Step 3

Dip an angled brush into a matte dark eyeshadow. Lightly brush your eyebrows with the dark shadow. Brush some shadow about 1/4 inch past the end of each eyebrow.

Step 4

Apply black liquid eyeliner to your upper lash line starting at the inner corner of your eye. Make a thin line from the inner corner all the way to the outer edge. Repeat this for your lower lash line.

Step 5

Extend the black line about 1/4 inch past the outer edge of your eye. Gradually taper the line so that it looks like a sideways triangle. Curve the tip of the triangle slightly upward.

Step 6

Dab some blue or aqua liquid eyeshadow on your eyelid. Cover the entire eyelid with the shadow. Smooth some more shadow over your brow bone.

Step 7

Apply a thick coat of black mascara to your upper and lower eyelashes.


  • Pair your Cleopatra eye makeup with a yellowish foundation for a more authentic Egyptian look. Finish up with a red or orange lipstick.

  • If you want a milder blue color for your eyes, use powder eyeshadow. It's not as richly colored as the liquid kind.

  • If you have trouble making a straight line with the liner under your eyes, use a piece of masking tape to help you. Cut a thin strip of tape and stick it about 1/8 inch below your eye. Apply the liner in the gap between the tape and your eye.

  • To fix mistakes with eyeliner, wipe them with a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover. Try to do this as soon as possible before the liner dries.