Makeup, as we call it today, dates back to the ancient Egyptian civilization. Cleopatra is celebrated not only for her intellect but also for being incredibly beautiful and ahead of her time. The ancient Egyptians were extremely particular about their eye makeup – heavy black kohl and green eye paint was all the rage.
Today, this practice of a long-gone era has had an immense influence on modern makeup trends (fancy a cat-eye, anybody?). So, we’re taking you back in time and back to the basics with our Egyptian eye makeup tutorial. If you’re curious or simply want to learn some classic tricks for doing your eye makeup the Egyptian way, read on!
Egyptian Eye Makeup Tutorial
This look is for the bold and the dramatic. It’s anything but basic. If you can handle standing out from the crowd or plan to dress as Cleopatra for Halloween, give this a shot. But before you go in with any makeup on your face, make sure you’ve thoroughly cleansed and moisturized. It is also essential to use an eye primer if you want your makeup looking fresh and flashy for hours.
What You Need
- Golden base eyeshadow
- Flat shading brush
- Black kohl pencil
- Neutral eyeshadow palette
- Fluffy brush
- Blue eyeshadow
- False eyelashes
Step By Step Tutorial With Pictures
Step 1: Apply Your Base Eyeshadow
Once you’ve primed your lids and the area underneath your eyes, it’s time for your base eyeshadow. Use a metallic muted gold shade like Half Baked by Urban Decay and apply it all over your lid, going a little bit up into the crease. This is best done with the help of a flat shading brush.
Step 2: Shape Out Your Cut-Crease
Using a black kohl pencil, shape out the cut-crease that you want. To do this, draw a light line slightly above your natural crease line. Make sure you flick it out and up towards the end. For the inner corner, drag the line towards the side of your nose.
Step 3: Add Some Brown Shadow
Go over the kohl line with a pencil brush and a soft brown matte eyeshadow. The only thing to do here is to blend, blend, and blend some more.
Step 4: Create A Gradient
Use a black eyeshadow and a pencil brush to blend the first two colors (the kohl and the brown shadow). This step helps you create a gradient and also gets rid of any harsh lines. For a final touch, use a clean fluffy brush to go over this line and make sure it is properly blended.
Step 5: Highlight Your Brow Bone
Use a highlighter like Albatross from NARS and highlight your brow bone. Layer it on until you can see a prominent gold sheen.
Step 6: Jazz It Up With Blue Eyeshadow
Using a blue eyeshadow like Jewel Blue by MAC, apply the product on the outer ‘V’ of your eye. Blend it out well.
Step 7: Doing The Wing
Use your favorite liquid eyeliner to draw a thin wing that’s slightly elongated towards the outer corner. Make sure you extend the liner towards your inner tear duct to achieve a more Cleopatra-like effect. With a pencil liner, tightline your upper lash line.
Step 8: Add Some Mascara And Falsies
To enhance your lashes, add some mascara and a pair of luscious falsies.
Here’s the final look!
The focal point of the ancient Egyptians’ appearance was their eyes (no, they weren’t being extra). Now that you have a fair idea of how to achieve this vivid and unique eye makeup look, here are a few tips that will come in handy for you.
Tips And Tricks: Nailing The Egyptian Eye Makeup Look
- To secure your eye makeup, wear a primer. No matter what your skin type is, a primer is a must.
- If you have oily skin or you think you are going to get sweaty, wear waterproof eyeliner and mascara. You don’t want your makeup running down your face and turning into a giant mess.
- Mascara is essential, but don’t let your lashes steal the show here. For a more authentic Egyptian eye makeup look, concentrate on your eyeliner.
- Brows played a significant role even back in the day. Don’t forget to fill in sparse brows or darken your eyebrows with some brow pomade. This tiny step will further enhance the beauty of the look.
If you’re taking time out to recreate this look, make sure you also focus on your base makeup, hair, and jewelry, so you look nothing less than a regal beauty from medieval Egypt!
Ladies, that was our take on nailing the Egyptian eye makeup look. It is gorgeous, easy, and not over the top. Don’t be afraid to experiment with unique makeup looks because the process itself is so much fun. Are you excited to give this a shot? Let us know in the comments section below.