Dramatic, queenly, and undeniably cool, there's no eye makeup look more famous than Cleopatra's elongated, blue-and-black cat-eye. But as anyone who's ever tried to wing out their liquid eyeliner can tell you, it's not easy to get one razor-sharp line right, let alone two. To figure out how to master the regal style, MAC Cosmetics Senior Artist Michelle Clark shows off a modern take on the Cleopatra cat-eye that uses scotch tape as a secret weapon in the first video. Keep scrolling after you watch for even more tutorials from MUAs—because there's always a thing or two to learn about wielding liquid liner.
The Classic Cleopatra
Upgrade the look even more with loads of golden highlighter brushed across the cheekbones and a glittery bronze lip. You can add a straight black wig with bangs for recreate the classic Hollywood version of Cleopatra—or just wear your natural hair and a golden hair accessory to let all that makeup artistry really shine.
A Historical Queen
What's a makeup tutorial without a built-in history lesson? YouTuber Zabrena shows off how to create a more historically accurate version of Cleopatra's trademark look—using modern makeup brands like LORAC, MAC Cosmetics, and Wet N Wild.
Beat For The Gods
We can't know for sure, but if Cleopatra was around in 2020, she'd probably wear this much highlighter. This high-glam—but easy-to-follow—tutorial features a sunset-toned lid and a pop of teal under-eye liner.
Consider this the modern interpretation of the pitch-black brows from Zabrena's tutorial. YouTuber Hazel Ruiz emphasizes strong eyebrows and winged eyeshadow to build a base for that oh so recognizable eyeliner.
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