HOW TO CHANNEL your inner CLEOPATRA or NEFERTITI – take your pick.
They were both beautiful, powerful women of their time. They used natural cosmetics made of malachite and naturally colored clay they would dry in the sun and then burnt to achieve the right red pigment perfect for cheeks and lips. Seems like a lot of work. I’m sure that both Cleo & Nef had help to attend to that part and then loaded it on with a heavy hand. But they were regal, glamorous, rich and desired. This is 2015 so where am I going with all this?
Besides the fact that I stayed in a hotel across the street from The Egyptian Museum in Cairo for almost one month and was fascinated with the world’s most extensive collection of pharaonic antiquities and think I may have seen it all….and tried to imagine what life may have been like as a pharaoh (as the longest-reigning female pharaoh in a man’s world – coincidentally there’s a book called “The Woman who would be King”). I know it’s a long shot but I like to think we have something in common.
This is going somewhere I promise….
The METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART has a brand new 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 are canopic jars used for mummification, and ornate royal jewelry inlaid with precious stones and coated in gold. Ahh….gold! I left Egypt with some beautiful 22kt gold jewellery which included a ring that has an inlaid Pharaoh and a pair of good luck scarab earrings and matching pendant.
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 (in above photo).
We are 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. Maybe make you feel a little pharaohish.
Why not bring a little Egyptian-inspired glamour to your everyday beauty routine?
From Spitfire Girl’s hieroglyphic-stamped perfume bottles (I love my little collection of Egyptian perfume bottles) to a gold-capped mask so rich Cleopatra might have kept it on her vanity, these are some ways to celebrate the arrival of Egypt by way of New York City.
That was my point all along!
Source: Jenna Rennert for Vogue