- Egyptians sported elongated and prominent eyebrows. To emulate this distinctive look, use Maybelline black Liner-matic for the brows.
- Focus on accentuating the arch of the brow, but avoid applying too much pressure.
- Use a BeneFit Hard Angled Brush to smooth out the pencil – this will help create the desired shape and prevent the texture from appearing clumpy.
Eyes were of high importance in ancient Egyptian culture. The Eye of Horus, for instance, was a symbol of protection, royal power and good health. Beautiful, striking eyes were therefore a must for any self-respecting pharaoh.
Cleopatra and her clan applied kohl to the eyes, but did not do so for purely decorative purposes. Kohl was made from a mixture of ingredients including galena (the natural mineral form of lead sulfide) which helped deflect the glare of the desert sun, deter flies and prevent infection.
- To recreate the infamous almond shaped eyes, use generous amounts of Maybelline black Liner-matic eyeliner on the upper and lower eyelids.
- When drawing on the upper eyelid, hold the eyelid taut and begin drawing from the inner corner.
- Keep drawing in one fluid motion until you reach the temple. Repeat this step to increase the density of the line.
- For dazzling eyes, begin by sweeping gold Collection 2000 Dazzle Me Eye Dust across the eyelid area using a Benefit Talent Brush.
- Lashings of Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara will really let your eyes do the talking.
Green was very fashionable amongst the ancient Egyptians, who made green eyeshadow from malachite, a copper ore mined from the Timna Valley. You can use whichever colour scheme you like, but here’s how to create a lavish Egyptian look with varying shades of purple.
- Firstly, apply generous amounts of Estee Lauder’s Amethyst Pure Color Eyeshadow to the eyelid.
- To create a more gradient flow of colour, apply a mixture of Estee Lauder Signature Roseberry Silky Eyeshadow Duo to the area surrounding the eyelid. This should create a soft arch that will compliment the arch of the brow.
- For a more dramatic appearance, layer some lilac Barry M Dazzle Dust on top of the eyeshadow.
- To soften the look, blend a mixture of Estee Lauder Signature Roseberry Silky Eyeshadow Duo along the lower eyeline.
- Use a cosmetic sponge to apply No7 Stay Perfect Liquid Foundation over the skin for an even appearance.
- In ancient Egypt, gold was considered to be the skin colour of the Gods. Apply Benefit High Beam to cheekbones for an ethereal glow.
- To really glimmer like the Gods, powder Collection 2000 Dazzle Me Eye Dust over the entire face using a Benefit Bronzer Brush.
- Short of buying a wig or dying your hair black, keep hair straight, sleek and simple with a pair of straighteners (the GHD IV Salon Styler never fails)
- You’re channelling Cleopatra, not clown, so stick with a subtle shade for the lips. Bobbi Brown’s Pink & Gold Lip Palette offers a pretty range of shimmering shades that are perfect for this look.
- Egyptians queens rouged their cheeks with red ochre, a pigment made from naturally tinted clay containing mineral oxides. For a deep hue, tint your cheeks with Benefit Dallas.
Thanks to Olivia for being the perfect model!x