This year, the Queen of the Nile is getting a modern twist for Halloween! Perhaps due to her glamorous tastes and divine ties to the goddess Isis, Cleopatra always proves to be a popular costume choice every year. To complement any Cleo-inspired ensemble, only the most dramatic liner and luxurious gold accents will do, so we put together a handy GIF guide to perfecting her look, just in time for Halloween. Don't let the intricate liner intimidate you---even a beginner can master the method by working with precise applicators, and breaking down the motions into a few easy steps. Ready to channel your inner Cleo? Check out our step-by-step guide to creating the look below!
After applying a layer of a gold cream shadow, like Laura Mercier's Metallic Creme Eye Color in Copper Sunrise ($24; lauramercier.com), use a shadow brush to press a shiny bronze hue over the top. We used Urban Decay's Eye Shadow in Baked ($18; sephora.com). Follow by blending a dark brown shadow into your crease with a dome-shaped brush.
Use a pale gold shadow, like Rouge Bunny Rouge's Loose Glitter Pigment ($23; beautyhabit.com), on your inner corners to open up the eyes, and blend out with your finger.
Pick up a liquid liner, trace your upper lash line ,and extend it into a dramatic wing once you reach the end. A pen-shaped stylo like Eyeko's ($19; sephora.com) can be easier to control if you have trouble holding a steady hand.
With Make Up For Ever's Aqua Liner in Diamond Turquoise Blue ($23; sephora.com), extend a sharp wing starting from your lower outer corner, then trace the rest of your lower lash line with the product.
Once your blue liner is in place, pick up the black liquid again and apply a downward-curving wing on each of your inner corners. Curl lashes, and follow with a few coats of mascara. Add faux lashes if needed.
Apply a tawny nude hue like Cle de Peau's Extra Rich Lipstick in 312 V ($40; nordstrom.com), then mix a gold pigment with a clear lip gloss and press it into the center of your lips to create a slight ombre effect. We picked up the same Rouge Bunny Rouge gold pigment for this step.
Use a luminizer like Flower Beauty's Glisten Up Highlighter in Gold Coaster ($10; walmart.com) over your cheekbones and above the brow, then diffuse the color with a makeup sponge to impart a natural glow.
Add a finishing layer of loose powder over your T-zone, and you're good to go!