Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mademoiselle Cleo

Bonjour mes amis!! C'est moi, Mademoiselle Cleo here, celebrating my new hair with a simple makeup look and styling reminiscent of a modern day Egyptian queen. In this post, I'm reviewing my temporary hairstyle and sharing makeup tips and tricks on how to wear the classic Cleopatra look in 2012.

Read more 4 pix, deets, how-to's, etc. :)

Check out my new HAIR!
Razor cut sharp bangs and pin-straight tresses in glorious chocolate brown! I thought it was time for a small change :)) Do you approve?


Cutting my hair? I did no such thing... I simply put on a beautiful new wig, generously sent to me by my friends at KKcenterHK, an online beauty supply store specializing in all things hair and makeup related. I just love them!
Color: 2T33--Dark Brown. Other colors are available and range from party colors to natural shades.
Description: Synthetic medium length wig with adjustable straps to customize a perfect fit.
Price: $20.53

SPECIAL: Use my exclusive 10% off coupon good for any merchandise from the KKcenterHK website :)) This coupon ends February 28, 2012, so start shopping by clicking on the coupon link above. Don't forget to enter the code at checkout :))

My thoughts: This wig is great for achieving a subtle or dramatic change, depending on your choice of color. The dark brown I picked is slightly darker than my natural hair, so it almost looks like I got a new haircut. I happen to collect wigs because I love to morph into different characters without undergoing a drastic permanent transformation. Since I've never dyed my hair and don't plan on doing so any time soon, wearing wigs is my way of trying something different :) This wig is an awesome addition to my collection and I can't wait to wear it when I go out!!

To put on the wig: I simply wrap my natural hair clockwise around my head and secure it with large pins. Sometimes I put on a stocking cap or a net (that the wig comes in) over the pins to keep my real hair out of sight and out of mind.

The CONCEPT: Enticing, enchanting, mysterious and famously beautiful Cleopatra, the Ptolemaic Queen of Egypt has resurrected in modern day New York City. She now goes by Cleo and prefers to be referred to as "Mademoiselle", as she spends half her time shopping in Paris. Voila!

The LOOK: Modernized Cleopatra eyeliner in Navy Blue, Golden Nude lips and glowing cheekbones to go with her razor sharp bangs and pin-straight tresses :)

I used the following products to achieve my modern Cleopatra makeup look:

  • EYES
    • Urban Decay Primer Potion-- used to prime, prime, prime the eyes
    • MAC pigment in Naked(not pictured) -- worn all over the lid, from the lash line up to the eyebrow. This pigment is a neutral beige with a slight sheen and looks beautiful against any skin tone.
    • Bourjois duochrome pencil eyeliner in Noir Bleuté -- used to line the Cleo eyes. This pencil has a blue black two-tone quality and is great for updating this classic look. Plus, navy blue looks stunning against brown eyes.
    • Urban Decay e/s in Buck-- worn over Naked pigment to define the crease and add dimension to the eye.
    • MAC reflects glitter in Reflects Pearland Reflects Gold-- used in the inner corner of the eye
    • Elf false lashes (don't know the number), lash glue and black mascara
     CLEOPATRA eyeliner how-to:
    1. Prime your eye lid and apply your all over shadow & crease shadow
    2. Using your pencil liner, start by rimming the entire lash line and waterline of the eye. 
    3. Trace the inner corner and bring the color below to line up with the center of the lower lash line
    4. Bring the color under the outer corner as well, to line up with the inner corner, straightening out the natural curve of your lower lash line. This is the trick to getting true Cleopatra eyes: think of the lower lash line as a plank and the top lash line as a half moon on top of the plank.
    5. Once you have the shape outlined, start drawing your outer wing by extending the straight lower lash line. You don't want your wing to go up at an angle, so the key here is keep the line as straight as possible.
    6. Apply your glitter, false lashes and mascara and you're good to go!
       Eye of Horus (image from Wiki Commons)

      The Look: Classic "Egyptian" Revamped
      I had so much fun visualizing and creating this simple Cleopatra-inspired look and I hope I've done my job enticing you to try it out for yourself. This makeup is fun, quick, creative & ultra flattering and certainly doesn't need a special occasion to wear it to. I'm thinking I'm stuck in character until the weekend :))


      Maryam Maquillage aka Cleo

      Photo Credits: Le Var (merci!!)


      Maryam Maquillage © 2012.


      1. Hot Modern Cleopatra...rawr!!! You look amazing!

      2. I agree with Becky, you are definitely a sexy Modern Cleopatra!

      3. ohhh my gosh you are smokin mama!! :) this looks AMAZING on you!!! beautiful <3

      4. simply gorgeous I love this look!!!

      5. Gorgeous! That wig looks amazing on you! Your so beautiful you could probably rock anything!


        - marla

      6. I swear there is no look that you do wrong. I give up on having a favorite lol. Gorgeous <3

      7. you are so gorgeous! awesome post- truly interesting to read

        My blog: Boho Vanity

      8. It's stunning - makes me want to give blue eyeliner a try!

      9. OMG! You are sooooo fierce! My mom says you're beautiful as well (:

        1. I'm 100% sure your mom is a knockout just like you! thank you ladies :))

      10. OMG! Girl, you definitely pulled off this look. I love everything! The hair and makeup looks fab. Gosh, I wish I had your face structure.

      11. You had me there for a moment... I actually thought you'd cut your hair! You look great with that wig, though. ;) Lovely maquillage. :D

      12. LOVE IT!!!!! I was about to say OMG you cut your hair lol got me

      13. i realllllllllllllllly hate you for being soooooo gorgeous! my god, you look AWESOME with this new hair and this type of makeup....what an incredible face you have :D

      14. Gurl, you betta watch out or else imma snatch that wig right off your pretty little head. For serious. GIMME DAT! How does a girl get a wig hookup like this?????

      15. OMG, this is hot!
        The hair suits you sooooo well!!!
        YOu look exactly like Cleopatra!

      16. your look even more sexy with your new hairstyle :*

      17. OMG I love your hair!!! You look BEAUTIFUL hun :)

      18. You are so beautiful, so!

      19. Wow this is beautiful. Really striking look. The wig really suits you!

        Holli x

      20. I was going to say the pin straight bangs look awesome till I read about the wig.. it def suits you. I love how well the blue eyeliner looks with your outfit too

      21. Seriously, my jaw is hanging on the FLOOR! Could you be ANY MORE BEAUTIFUL???!!!
        I need to buy a plane ticket right this instant so you can do my make up everyday and we can be best friends! :)
        This is such a WOW look... The wig suits you gorgeously!
        Big Hug you gorgeous girl!

        1. Let's make that happen, there's nothing I would want more!!! oxoxox

      22. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous..I love it hun..You look absolutely stunning with that hair style and makeup..Can't wait to see more from you..^_^..

      23. oh gosh, you are so good with makeup! you look gorgeous! it's perfect! :)

        <3, Mimi
        Udderly Smooth Giveaway

      24. Wow! You look gorgeous! I love it. :-)

      25. WOW! You look so gorgeous, I didn't even recognize you in the thumbnail when I clicked on your post. I love you new hairstyle. I'm planning to cut my hair soon, not sure how short I will go, love the bangs on you :)


        1. thanks honey!! lol I guess I got you! it's a wig :))

      26. Ms Maryam,
        I have a wedding and graduation coming up...
        can you do my makeup?
        I can always hop on the path train haha ;)


      28. I was temporarily frightened! I'm glad you didn't cut your hair but that wig does look fabulous on you. Love the look as well~ ; _ ; I'd let you be queen of my nile any day.

      29. love the wig! your so channeling cleopatra chique

      30. Gorgeous hair, gorgeous make-up, everything is perfect.

        You have a really cool blog here. Do you want to follow each other, I would love that.

      31. That made me chuckle & thank you for the compliment.
        I just really like your dramatic looks, i think you pull them up well too.

      32. Oh my god you look flawless! So jealous of yours looks.. and you take great pics :)

        And thanks for the comment.. oh my god I know.. After your comment I looked at my pics again and realized it is actually all- pink and leopard prints lol.. xx

      33. :O

        I'm speechless!... Simply gorgeous!!! LOVE it!!


      34. Beautiful!


      35. You;re so pretty! love the makeup:)

      36. Adoregasm! It is absolutely amazing how you are able to transform yourself with your makeup skills!

        With Class & Sass,

      37. Gorgeous photos- love how you lined your eye

      38. such gorgeous photos! absolutely love this make up look!

        The Urban Umbrella

      39. Very Very cute! Loving that wig on you!

        Check out my blog, comment, and follow if you like!
        Confessions Of A City Girl

      40. very pretty! love the blue eyeliner!


      42. As stunning & ravishing as the original Egyptian Queen.

        Warm Regards Ram

      43. I love Cleopatra! :) And your makeup interpretation is so sexy! ^^
        By the way I nominated you for the versatile blogger award:

      44. I love your blog, I follow you ^^

      45. ure like my idol and inspiration! Far out - i can say all the adjectives in the world just to describe ur beauty but it'd still feel like its not enough to rate how beautiful u are!! :D xx

        1. thank you Rina, you are so sweet :)) i'm really touched :)

      46. Love your blog and You are so Beautiful *.* Kiss

      47. OH WOW, your photos for this post look amazing! I think the chocolate-brown colour of the wig really suits you. The makeup you have done here is stunning, I love how the navy blue eyeliner goes with your nude lips. This look is one of my favourites of yours lately!

      48. i like hairstyles i want to say that these are the fantastic thing thats ever i hairstyles like i like them i can spend my whole life to this field.i like hairstyles i like some eboulous type of hairstyles because these are one of those hairstyles which can make the personality of the hairstyles for prom man i like them very much.i want to say that hairstyles is the thing which can make the man or woman more beautiful.

      49. Wow, i am discovering your blog, and i'm impressed. you are very creative, and so talented! I those pics, you kind of remind me of catherine zeta jones...

        comme on dit chez moi : félicitations! tu es douée!



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