EOTD | A Stylised Cleopatra Eye

I will be doing some stage makeup for a Cleopatra-themed dance performance soon. I was mulling over this after work one day…which led me to play as soon as I reached home. Over the makeup I already had on, I applied a few strong colours, placing emphasis on the fish tail. The brow needs to be more angular (I was too lazy to not follow my brow contours) and the lash line definitely needs more lashings of liner, not to mention I’m missing false lashes, heh.

I would actually like to try drawing an empty fish tail (a blank triangle at the edge) but it would be almost impossible to see on stage. I suppose such finesse should be reserved for Halloween makeup and the like.

The gorgeous photo above shows a Cleopatra-inspired eye by Alexander McQueen, in collaboration with MAC. The makeup is flawless; the angled lines are perfect on the model’s bone structure!

As frightening as this may seem at first sight, I am convinced this would show up much better on stage. The brilliant blue is MAC Electric Eel, a perennial favourite of makeup mavens who love strong blues. Do not be fooled by the block of colour; such application is often more difficult because of the need for uniformity over the entire eye area.

The second eye seems more authentic and brings to mind the full eye colour-application characteristic of many Cleopatra illustrations and more notably, the Elizabeth Taylor version of the Egyptian queen.

I still need to do more tinkering but I suppose things will only be finalised when I meet my clients. A variety of Cleo looks may very well emerge after that. :)


  • Renee says:

    I’ve missed your posts! Glad you’re back.

    This is such a cool look, Mag – please upload some pics from the performance! :P

  • makeupmag says:

    Aww, thanks, Renee. :):)

    I will try to do that!

  • Nur says:

    I love how you do your eyes. You’re such an inspiration when it comes to EOTD. :D

    I have small eyes like your and I have trouble with my eye makeup.

  • makeupmag says:

    Hi Nur,

    Thank you! :) It’s practice and play, really. I hold personal makeup workshops, so do let me know if you’d like to explore makeup application with me. ;)

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