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Beauty Icon: Cleopatra


It’s been over two thousand years since her reign ended, yet Cleopatra remains the ultimate beauty icon. As Angelina Jolie gets set to take on the role of Cleopatra, just as Elizabeth Taylor did over 50 years ago, we introduce a modern day approach to the Queen of the Nile’s beauty look.

To get flawless skin like Cleopatra, first, apply a foundation all over, such as Dior Forever Flawless Perfection Wear Makeup. Next, bronzer should be used to highlight and contour. The final look should be matte, not glowy, but for those who like a little illumination, you can pat Nars Liquid Illuminator in Laguna along the cheekbones for extra definition.

For the full Cleopatra brow, use a brow kit such as Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings to define, shape, and color—and remember: the darker the better.

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To begin, a dark navy shadow should be applied to the outer corners of the socket. Next, use a shimmering gold pigment like Make Up For Ever Star Powder in yellow gold to the inner V of the eye to highlight. Finally, aqua shadow should be applied all over the lid—the Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color in BL714 Fresco is the perfect aqua hue.

To obtain an extreme, winged-out cat eye, use a liquid or gel-based product to create a single line starting at the inner V and extending out towards the temple. If you’re feeling brave and want to try the double line, simply repeat the process a few millimeters higher across the eyelid.

For maximum impact, layer on the mascara or try false lashes, either individual lashes or strips.

To get the nude look, outline lips with a nude pencil and then finish with a nude lipstick such as Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Beige.

Cleopatra reportedly used henna and a mixture of Juniper berries to dye her hair. She also used olive oil to give her hair shine and enrich its texture. We recommend a product such as Ojon Rare Blend Oil Moisture Therapy, which helps to hydrate, smooth, and soften strands while boosting shine and reducing frizz. For the full Cleopatra look, you’ll want to embrace bangs and keep your hair super straight and sleek.

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