By Marianne Mychaskiw
Updated Oct 24, 2014 @ 12:45 pm
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Add a finishing layer of loose powder over your T-zone, and you're good to go!