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DIY Katy Perry’s makeup from ‘Dark Horse’ for Halloween

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” video is jam-freaking-packed with awesome. I mean, she eats Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, there’s an appearance by the adorable dog Boo, she has a grill made of diamonds and Juicy J emerges from a sarcophagus. Of course what I found most badass was the makeup. Katy rocks three different Egypt-meets-pop looks but it was her regal purple and gold Cleopatra pop princess one I wanted to create. You can too, so just follow along!

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How to create Katy Perry’s Cleopatra eye makeup

Finished look


1. Apply a bright gold cream shadow from the inside corner of the eye to the center. I am using Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Shadow in Gold Rush. You can use a synthetic brush or your fingertips.

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2. Next, use a flat brush to sketch an elongated cat eye shape with a purple cream shadow like Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Shadow in Painted Purple, extending it beyond your eye.

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3. Using your fingertip, pat purple cream shadow on to fill in the area you sketched out.

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4. Now, take a clear glitter adhesive like Sally Girl Glitter Adhesive, and pat a thin layer on the gold section.

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5. Immediately dip finger into loose gold glitter, pressing all over the area where you placed gold shadow.

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6. Repeat the same process with purple glitter.

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7. Now it’s time to Cleopatra-it-up with liner. Using a deep black liquid liner, we are going to begin by drawing our outside wing, creating a diagonal line from the corner of the eye, extending toward the end of the brow. A liner with a fine brush tip like I’m using takes a little more control, so stick with a felt tip style if you’re unsteady. I used Wet n Wild Mega Liner Liquid Eyeliner.

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8. Create a thin-to-thick line from the inside corner of your eye, keeping it just above your natural crease. Connect to your first line. Thicken as needed.

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9. Line below your lower lash line with the same liquid liner. On your right eye, you can create the peak at the center and backwards-J shape at the corner. This mimics the eye of Horus, the Egyptian sun god.

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10. On the left eye, you can simply line below, flaring the line out at the outer corner and inner.

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11. Apply mascara to bottom and top lashes. For Halloween looks, I actually like to use mascara I don’t love, instead of wasting my good stuff!

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12. Now apply a strip of false lashes. Mine are Ardell Glamour Wispies.

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13. Apply a deep magenta lip color like Buxom’s Full-Bodied Lipstick Swinger. A great drugstore dupe would be Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids in Brazen Berry or Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Sugar Plum Fairy.

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14. Top lip color with a berry gloss like L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Stubborn Plum.


15. Accessorize the look with all the gold jewelry you own. You can create a headpiece like I did with a necklace. A straight jet-black wig with bangs will complete your look!

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Katy Perry Halloween makeup
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