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Ancient Egyptian Makeup and Beauty

Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in the 1963 film

Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in the 1963 film

When I think of ancient Egyptian makeup the first thing that comes to mind is Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra.  She’s shown wearing heavy black eyeliner all the way around her eyes, with lines coming out at the corners to create a cat eye.  She’s also wearing heavy blue eye shadow over all of the eye lids all the way up to heavily darkened eye brows.  Her lips are neutral as well as her face makeup.  While some of what Liz’s Cleopatra is wearing is historically accurate- its not totally correct.  Today I’ll show what would have been more standard in ancient Egypt.  Hollywood has to take poetic license to ensure it’s stars still look beautiful according to modern times.  Beauty is a concept that changes with time; what was considered beautiful in ancient Egypt isn’t necessarily the standard today.

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Current Makeup Faves- Roller Lash & Pur Minerals

I love makeup- I have since I was little.  I have an older sister and I spent a lot of time in elementary school sneaking in her room and messing with her makeup.  As you can guess it was extremely annoying to her and I was her little pest!  After I grew up the love didn’t fade and now I’m discovering the world of makeup history- check back in a few weeks for my upcoming post on makeup in ancient Egypt (or follow me on instagram @orange_tree_fla)!  Today I’m sharing a few modern 😉 products that I’m currently in love and highly recommend!

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