How to Do Eye Makeup Like Cleopatra

Look like an Egyptian princess with Cleopatra's eye makeup.
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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.