Beauty: make like an Egyptian

HOW TO CHANNEL your inner CLEOPATRA or NEFERTITI – take your pick.

Photographed by Eilzabeth Brockway for Vogue

Photographed by Eilzabeth Brockway for Vogue

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?

Photographed by Kevin Tachman. Makeup by Pat McGrath

Photographed by Kevin Tachman. Makeup by Pat McGrath

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….

Kre-at Beauty 24-Karat Gold Lashes, $295; for information: barneys.com

Kre-at Beauty 24-Karat Gold Lashes, $295; for information: barneys.com

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.

Spitfire Girl Potion Collection Spray Perfumes, $45 each; spitfiregirl.com

Spitfire Girl Potion Collection Spray Perfumes, $45 each; spitfiregirl.com

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.

Tarte Stroke of Midnight Brush Set, $44; sephora.com

Tarte Stroke of Midnight Brush Set, $44; sephora.com

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).

Christian Louboutin Scarabée Nail Colour, $50 each; christianlouboutin.com

Christian Louboutin Scarabée Nail Colour, $50 each; christianlouboutin.com

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.

Aerin Travel Gold Hairbrush, $75; aerin.com

Aerin Travel Gold Hairbrush, $75; aerin.com

Why not bring a little Egyptian-inspired glamour to your everyday beauty routine?

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask, $80; peterthomasroth.com

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask, $80; peterthomasroth.com

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

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