Introduction: Cleopatra Facepaint

Looking to dress up as Cleopatra for Halloween or a cosplay event? Look no further, because I am going to show you step by step how to recreate this look for yourself.

For this tutorial, we used Graftobian ProPaint in:

  • Aztec Turquoise
  • Catalina Blue
  • Clockwork Copper
  • Fuzzy Bear Brown
  • Gilded Gold
  • Pearl Frost
  • Raven Black
  • White Swan


  • chisel brush
  • #1 round brush
  • #2 round brush
  • #6 round brush
  • sponges

Step 1: Gild With Gold...

Use Gilded Gold and a sponge to cover the entire face with a thin layer of facepaint.

Step 2: Frost With Pearl...

Use Pearl Frost to overlay the gold base.

Step 3: Paint the Eyes

Use Gilded Gold again, this time to sponge over the eyelids and around the eye area, then switch back to Frosted Pearl and overlay. We're going for a layered, shimmery effect here.

Once that's dry, outline the eyes with Aztec Turquoise and the #6 round brush.

Step 4: Detail the Eyes

Go back to the Gilded Gold and use a wide chisel brush to overlay the turquoise outline. Let that dry, then use a #6 brush and the Catalina Blue to outline the eyes once more, then blend with a chisel brush.

Step 5: Paint Egyptian Decorations

Now we're going to switch to our Raven Black paint with a #1 brush and draw the classic egyptian-style outline and decorations around the eyes. Feel free to be creative here, you don't have to follow exactly what we did.

Make the eyebrows bold and black, with a slight arch.

Once the black paint has dried, outline it again with the Gilded Gold.

Step 6: Lip Color

Use a #6 round brush and Clockwork Copper to paint the lips.

Step 7: Forehead Gem

Next we're going to add a crown to the forehead, starting with a turquoise gem.

We'll use the #6 round brush for these steps..

  • Start with a simple circle in Aztec Turquoise
  • Add shading with Catalina Blue
  • Add a highlight with White Swan

Step 8: Finish the Crown

Okay, now we're going to finish up the headpiece.

Again, we're going to use the #6 round brush for these steps.

  • draw the headpiece with gilded gold
  • outline with clockwork copper
  • highlight with white swan
  • add some shading with fuzzy bear brown

Step 9: Finished!

Revel in your awesomeness.