Look of Today: Cleopatra, Comin’ Atcha

cleo (7 of 10)

First, I feel like I need to apologize for the title… but really the 90’s will always worm its way back into your heart SOMEHOW. So I think it’s best to accept it now and go with it. Tomorrow I have a murder mystery dinner party to go to! I am playing ‘Cleptopatra’, Queen of the Nile, embodiment of the mystery and extravagance of Egypt. I needed to practice my look, so naturally it’s time to take a spin at some kind of an Egyptian-y sort of eye, and to channel all of the inner Elizabeth Taylor I have!

Let’s do this thang!

cleo (5 of 10)

Indies gave me some pretty perfect options for a Cleopatra-style eye. And guys. I FINALLY FOUND A GREAT USE FOR DARLING GIRL RHAPSODY. This may in fact be fulfilling Rhapsody’s destiny! Here we’re looking at a melange of Darling Girl Rhapsody across the lid, Baroque Cosmetics Versailles shadow from the Viva La Revolution collection on the brow and under the eye, and Hello Waffle Golden Afternoon up by the eyebrow itself. Versailles was also applied into the little psuedo-wing, along with Notoriously Morbid Secret Samurai beneath it. It was lined with the Kat Von D tattoo liner (can we tell someone is not used to lining her whole eye?), and there are some faux lashes and black mascara thrown on there too.

cleo (6 of 10)

Versailles had terrific pigmentation and is a true, antiqued gold. It’s my first experience using a Baroque shadow (I will be posting some killer swatches here soon!), and it was VERY much a pleasure to work with… I think I might be falling in love with golds!

In order to really bring out the gold in Rhapsody, I had to use a whole bunch of Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. I have troubles with Rhapsody looking patchy, and the best solution to that I’ve found is to use the thinnest layer of the stickiest base possible, and then pack that shadow on like there’s no tomorrow (let the base dry down a bit first, or the patchiness will seriously be a problem!).

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Though it’s not indie, my favorite nude colored lipstick for we naked mole rat people is The Makeup Store’s Maria Montezami Pink. I never would have bought this shade on my own, but it was a part of the piles of free things I got when I shopped there a few months ago (seriously, they were throwing all kinds of neat stuff at me, like a free makeup bag, samples, free eyeliner), and I’m SO glad I got it! It’s beige-y, peachy, pink-y… but not too much of any of those. Just a good mix.

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I felt possessed to use an orange blush for this look as well, so I used Hello Waffle Pumpkin again. Maybe I didn’t need to use orange blush, but I did need to use Pumpkin, so there you have it.

cleo (3 of 10)

I also want to give a shout out to Blackbird Cosmetic’s Magic Trick Super Powder. Maleah has mentioned that she created the powders specifically to be used with the Wayne Goss method of applying primer, then powder, then foundation over top, and I am really pleased with the finish and coverage it provides. I’m having a bit of breakthrough redness because my face was seriously flushed tonight, but I do think the green Magic Trick Super Powder helped with this. I’m impressed with how smoothly the foundation applied over the powder. I don’t really use the Wayne Goss method because my skin typically looks too cakey or plastic, but this wasn’t the case here, and I can see myself experimenting with it more with this powder.

cleo (1 of 10)

I’m sort of enraptured by this ridiculous wig, which sells itself with platitudes of “professional grade” and “accurately styled” (ha, I saw your $16 price tag! Let’s not pretend we’re fooling anyone!). Tomorrow the eyebrows will also be less warm and more cool charcoal… but tonight I was a lazy butthole and just applied black over my auburn dipbrow.

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The Cleopatra eye doesn’t have quite the same with short red hair…

cleo (10 of 10)

But hey, maybe we all should find more opportunities to rock drama like this more often!

Wish me luck that I’m the murderer! (or… not? is that something you’re allowed to wish for?) Happy Halloween!


  • Palladio Herbal Foundation primer
  • Blackbird Cosmetics Magic Trick Super Powder in Green
  • Laura Mercier secret concealer in 01 and secret brightening powder
  • MUFE HD foundation in 110
  • Kat Von D tattoo liner
  • MUFE aqualiner in black
  • Anastasia dipbrow in Auburn, with black eyeliner drawn over (ugh)
  • Covergirl Clumpcrushers in black
  • Ardell natural lashes
  • NARS smudgeproof eye primer
  • Darling Girl Rhapsody, Baroque Cosmetics Versailles, Hello Waffle Golden Afternoon, Notoriously Morbid Secret Samurai
  • Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
  • Hello Waffle Pumpkin Blush
  • Pumpkin & Poppy oak bark contour powder
  • The Makeup Store Maria Montezami Pink


2 thoughts on “Look of Today: Cleopatra, Comin’ Atcha

  1. I’ve never used the Wayne Goss method before, but I definitely wanna try some of this Magic Trick Super Powder. (I’m always looking for things to combat redness!)

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