The xoJane Halloween 2012 Beauty Round-Up: Cleopatra

My Halloween beauty round-up kicks off with a Liz Taylor-inspired Cleopatra look.

Oct 18, 2012 at 10:00am | Leave a comment

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I love Halloween, and I love beauty, and last year I did a bunch of tutorials for you guys so I figured, why not do it again?

To start things off, I decided to go with Liz Taylor, queen of all things glamorous, in one of her most iconic roles: Cleopatra.

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The look is fabulous and surprisingly easy, so let's hop to it, my little ghouls.

The Hair

So, I bought a wig for this tutorial but it was absolute crap. It didn't match the image on the packaging at all and I ended up looking like Mia Wallace after she'd been stabbed with the adrenaline syringe. Not cute, man. 

I decided to make do with my own long, long hair. Since it's layered, it wasn't too hard. I just gathered the long layers in the back and, using a flat iron, curled under the layer in the front. Then I curled under my bangs to make them look slightly shorter. Easy peasy. However, if you're too lazy for that, go buy a wig, just take it out of the package beforehand if possible to make sure it doesn't totally suck.

The Make-Up

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Urban Decay's "Hijack" Eyeshadow ($18, urbandecay.com)

First I started by filling in my eyebrows with a dark brown matte eye shadow (you can use a brow powder, eye shadow, whatever, no need to be picky!) and an angled brush. I really made sure to accentuate the arch and make things look super-angular.

Then I applied a peacock-y teal eye shadow (I used Urban Decay's Eye Shadow in Hijack [$18, urbandecay.com]) all over my entire eyelid and up to my brow. In "Cleopatra," Elizabeth Taylor's shadow changes shades a few times. Sometimes it's a bright blue, sometimes turquoise, sometimes violet to complement her famous eyes. I used the teal because it sort of matched my eye color and I thought it was pretty, so I encourage you to use whatever you like as long as it's BRIGHT.

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Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in "Blackest Black" ($9.99, ulta.com)

Next I used a gel liner (Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Blackest Black [$9.99, ulta.com] to line the entire rim of my eye as close to the lash line as possible.

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The final step is to create an inverted triangle (the point at the outer corner of your eye and the base under your brow bone). I then filled in the triangle with more liner, but you can leave it open as it's worn both ways in the movie. It's all about personal preference.

I finished the look with a coat of Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Nude Attitude ($6.99, ulta.com) and some rosy-tan blush on my cheekbones. Ta-da! Now all you need is a man dressed as Richard Burton to follow you around with gift boxes full of jewels.

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The headpiece is a vintage necklace and the chandelier earrings are from Avon, ages ago.

Have I inspired you? What other looks are you interested in seeing? I have a few more up my sleeve before October 31st comes around, so stay on xoJane.com, refreshing the page and awaiting the next how-to with bated breath. Please.

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