Monday, August 13, 2012

Them There (Cleopatra) Eyes

Why this blog title? Well...

“You better look out lil brown eyes...if you're wise
They sparkle
They bubble
They're gonna get you in a whole lot of trouble
Oh baby...Them There Eyes”
- Lyrics from the 1930’s jazz song: Them There Eyes

If you’re ready to get in some trouble with your lil brown (or blue/hazel/green) eyes, our Makeup and Style Diva (and licensed Esthetician!), Chandra, recommends adding a lil' Egyptian-esque drama to your face in the form of some Cleopatra-style eyeliner. 

But wait, you say—will I appear to be on my way to a Halloween frat house costume party? Not so much, sweet patootie—with a little know-how, you won’t look like you’re dressing up for Halloween, and this sultry eye is fairly easy to pull off. 

And it works whether you’re going somewhere super glam like Cleo at The Redbury or The Egyptian Theatre, or just around the corner for pizza on date night with your hubby while grandma watches the kids. In fact, tell Grandma to stay late—the hubbs is going to want to show you off and stay out late.

Here's how to get the Cleopatra eye...

Step 1. Take a very black kohl eyeliner or black gel liner and then line your top and bottom lash lines completely. 

Step 2. When you get to the outer corners of the eye, swoop down on the top lash line and swoop up on the bottom lash line forming a little stick "fish" style tail. 

Tool Tip: Look at the toolkit image on the right. You can use the MAC 208 brush (left brush) to top off the eyeliner with shadow. A Sonia Kashuk (available at Target) bent liner brush (middle tool) will help you get that fine fish tail, and a MAC 212 brush (right brush) makes applying gel liner across the top and bottom lash lines easier. 

Btw, Chandra is such a talented makeup artist that she created this eye…at 2:54 a.m. on a Friday morning. She's professional like that. I was drooling onto my pillow at that moment.

So go ahead and line like an Egyptian. Have fun! Just make sure you wash it all off before you go to bed so you don’t appear to have gone twelve rounds with Rocky Balboa in the a.m. Yo, Adrian!

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