Egyptian Magic! 14 Ways to Channel Your Inner Cleopatra This Week
Today marks the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition “Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom,” which highlights the cultural and political renaissance that flourished in the civilization over the span of nearly 400 years. Among the pieces on display is a large-scale sculpture of Pharaoh Mentuhotep II, canopic jars used for mummification, and ornate royal jewelry inlaid with precious stones and coated in gold. Suddenly, all this gleaming excitement has us thinking: Why not bring a little Egyptian-inspired glamour to your everyday beauty routine?
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Even more than 3,000 years later, a dash of bright gold—prized by the Egyptians as a divine and indestructible element and associated with the sun god Ra—still makes our hearts flutter. Just ask the gilded aficionado Pat McGrath, who adorned Parisians last week with her forthcoming 24-karat-inspired eyeshadow hue. We’re not suggesting you go full-scale Cleopatra, but a simple swipe of metallic eye gloss or a gold-handled makeup brush is enough to tap into the hue’s brilliant decorative effect.
The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil, $39; thebodyshop-usa.com
If high-impact shine isn’t your thing, how about celebrating the ancient culture’s beauty rituals with an elongated swipe of kohl along the lashes instead? The inky black pigment creates a flattering frame to the eye that looks as inarguably cool now as it did then. Likewise, Christian Louboutin’s lapis blue nail polish—which conjures the color of the popular stone used in sacred amulets and scarabs—is fit for a modern queen.
From Spitfire Girl’s hieroglyphic-stamped perfume bottles to a gold-capped mask so rich Cleopatra might have kept it on her vanity, above are 14 ways to celebrate the arrival of Egypt by way of New York City.
Tarte Stroke of Midnight Brush Set, $44; sephora.com
Christian Louboutin Scarabée Nail Colour, $50 each;christianlouboutin.com
Kre-at Beauty 24 karat gold, lashes 295 $
MAC Cosmetics Studio Eye Gloss in Money Honey, $22;maccosmetics.com
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow in Cleopatra, $32; charlottetilbury.com
Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Vendetta, $26;illamasqua.com
Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Mono Cream Eye Colour in Indaco and Gold Dust, $37 each; for information:sephora.com
Yves Saint Laurent Makeup Eyeliner Baby Doll in Bleu Patine, $34; yslbeautyus.com
Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask, $80;peterthomasroth.com