Actress Beauty Tip #26: *Halloween Edition*

This is the twenty-sixth  installment of the monthly classic actress beauty tips that I have read about and tsted.  

Need ideas thinking of a Halloween costume? This Comet Over Hollywood beauty tip is dedicated to one fairly easy classic movie related costume.

Elizabeth Taylor as “Cleopatra” in the 1963 epic.

Though Egyptian queen Cleopatra has been played by Theda Bara in 1917 and Claudette Colbert in 1934, the version that is best remembered is the 192 minute 1963 extravaganza starring Elizabeth Taylor. If you Google “Cleopatra make-up,” most of the photos and tutorials model their make-up off of Taylor’s portrayal.

What do you do: Put on a ton of eye make-up. Seriously.

I honestly didn’t follow a structured make-up video, I just looked at the above picture of Liz Taylor and copied it the best I could.

1. I used black Revlon liquid eye liner and drew large, swooping rectangles to the sides of my eyes and filled them in.  I also lined my bottom lid with a very thin line.

2. I used a turquoise colored Revlon powder eye shadow and applied that all the way up to my eyebrow and to where the extended eyeliner ended.

3. Put on a tad bit of bronzer. I’m pretty pale and didn’t want to look like a ghost with so much heavy make up.

4. Put on a black wig and some sort of headdress or band to go with it. I had a gold sequined headband that came in handy. Maybe throw on some large, gold, Egyptian looking earrings and jewelry as well.

5. Since I have blond eyebrows and was wearing a black wig, I applied some dark gold eye shadow to my eyebrows so the hair would match better.

Tad-ah! Now you look like Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra. Or Cher. Whichever you prefer.

J.P. dressed up as Cleopatra. This was so much fun, but I look ridiculous in a wig.

To review: So you end up looking a little ridiculous, but I always have a blast putting on a ton of make up that you would never wear in your daily life.

Whatever you decide to be for Halloween, have fun and stay safe! If it’s classic movie related, stop by Comet and share your photos.

Tune in next month for November’s beauty tip.

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13 thoughts on “Actress Beauty Tip #26: *Halloween Edition*

  1. Vivien Leigh was also Cleopatra in 1948. 😉

    You look so amazing! I am going to be Phyllis Dietrichson this year (pfft, yeah, a tough outfit, I know). You will probably see pictures of me posted on Facebook. 🙂


  2. You look great as a brunette! I was Cleo when I was little, so I love it! This year I wanted hubby and I to go as Marshall Dillon and Miss Kitty, but he said no one would recognize us…he’s probably right! Oh well 😦


  3. The make-up looks right but you seem way to nice! You need to try again on the photo. This time try thinking that your husband is an angry drunk, but if you can manipulate him (like you know you can), you might just pull this off and save Egypt (or the film, or this marriage … fill in whatever it is that will get’er dunn).


  4. Looking good! I always wondered how Taylor and Burton could possibly do the kissing scenes when she had all that makeup on. They must have had to stop and re-do after every clinch!


  5. You look great! If I was going to do my own make-up as Cleopatra, of course it’d be a disaster…
    By the way, as a beauty tip, do you know what was the secret for Marlene Dietrich’s legs? I mean, besides genetics, they look so tough and smoothy!


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