Posts Tagged: Cleopatra makeup tutorial

Nov 12

Fabulous Pharaos: Gisele Bündchen & Heidi Klum steal Cleopatra’s style!

It’s been two thousand years since her existence yet Cleopatra is still in vogue, as proven by the fact that both Heidi Klum and Gisele Bündchen stole her style this Halloween!

Heidi recently posted a sneak preview of her glamorous Cleopatra costume on her website but is yet to showcase the outfit properly. Due to Hurricane Sandy, the former Victoria’s Secret model has postponed her 13th annual Halloween bash until nearer Christmas so unfortunately we won’t be seeing her in costume until then.

I know, I know – hardly the most tragic outcome of Frankenstorm. But still, in the absence of Heidi’s Egyptian getup, I was glad to see Gisele unveil her own Cleopatra-inspired makeover! Gisele, who is also a former Victoria’s Secret model, posted a picture on her official Facebook fanpage on Hallow’s eve. Have a look:

Gisele Bündchen dresses up as Cleopatra for Halloween 2012 (image:

Gisele Bündchen dresses up as Cleopatra for Halloween 2012 (image:

With aqua blue eyeshadow, thick eyeliner and beaded braids, I think Gisele looked every inch the beautiful pharaoh. Needless to say her vibrant makeup was also informed by Elizabeth Taylor’s look in the 1963 film Cleopatra.

Speaking of Cleopatra’s surviving style, I’m fascinated by the way Egyptian makeup has evolved over the centuries yet retained its original character.

It’s a testament to the Egyptians’ fashion sense that their ancient style has withstood the test of time; you still see it everywhere, permeating society in the subtle shape of winged eyeliner, thick eyebrows, lustrous highlighters and luxurious eyeshadows.

And at Halloween, it comes back to haunt us in its full, dramatic form, with ladies all over the world (Victoria’s Secret models included) donning gorgeous Cleopatra costumes! 

Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra (image:

Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra (image:

Yesterface fact: Kohl was used to protect the Egyptians’ eyes from infection, deter flies and deflect the sun’s glare!

For more facts about ancient Egyptian makeup and for tips on how to look like Cleopatra, check out Yesterface’s Egyptian Makeup TutorialTo see what cosmetic tools the ancient Egyptians used, see Yesterface’s post on the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.


Oct 12

Halloween Make-Up (it’s eek-chic!)

Halloween is upon us pumpkins, meaning it’s time to treat yourself to a bewitching makeover with some key make-up!

Choosing a Halloween costume is no easy task, which is why, when trying to decide on an outfit, I often turn to film stars for inspiration.

Over the years a huge variety of hauntingly beautiful characters have graced our cinema screens; from Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra to Christina Ricci’s Wednesday Addams, Natalie Portman’s Black Swan to Rooney Mara’s Lisbeth Salander.

And speaking of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it’s worth pointing out that gothic glam is all the rage right now. In case you hadn’t noticed, netted skirts, studded leather jackets and spiky jewellery are infiltrating the high street.

Witching Hour by Topshop (image:

Witching Hour by Topshop (image:

Topshop, for example, has just released its new, gothic-inspired A/W collection, Witching Hour, in addition to its equally vampy make-up range, Dark Side of Nude

In fact, many beauty brands seem to have taken an eerie turn of late.There are myriad cosmetic treats on the market at the moment, many of which would make stylish additions to any chic halloween outfit…

If you’re looking to create a vampish, blood-stained pout, opt for Tom Ford’s Black Orchid Lipstick along with a touch of Dolce & Gabanna Ultra Shine Lip Gloss for a lustrous glaze.

Black Orchid lipstick by Tom Ford (image:

For smokey, feline eyes, try Carine Roitfeld jungle camouflage palette by MAC, £37 (available at Selfridges).

Define the cat-like look with Rimmel’s Exaggerate liquid eye liner and Rimmel’s extreme black volume mascara flash – the latter is brilliant at elongating lashes (somebody once asked me if I was wearing falsies!)


Another product to get your claws into this Autumn is Nails in Panther by Topshop. Part of the new beauty range, Dark Side of Nude, the jet black nail varnish has a gorgeous, glittery finish that’ll make your nails sparkle!

Nails in Panther by Topshop (image:

And finally, though not strictly makeup, a beauty product that’s also caught my eye this halloween is The Enchanter.

Made by LUSH, the citrusy bath bomb costs £3.20, includes ‘Frankincense’ (and no, that’s not just a halloween pun, it’s an aromatic resin), and looks like a lovely way to turn your bath into a fizzing cauldron!

The Enchanter bath bomb by LUSH (image:

The Enchanter bath bomb by LUSH (image:

If you’d like some makeover ideas and product recommendations, check out Yesterface’s Cleopatra and Black Swan makeup tutorials.

Other than that, I hope you all have a very ghoulish (and very glamorous) halloween!


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