Did Cleopatra use makeup and what was it made of?

Cleopatra used quite a bit of makeup, actually.

She even used some of the pigments that artists of the age were also using, including lead, which probably shouldn’t be placed on your face if you value your health and sanity.

Still, if you want to inspire Roman hands, here are some of her secrets:

Red ocher for cheek rouge
Henna on your palms to give them a youthful glow
A lead ore, called black galena, as an eyeliner and eyebrow pencil
Lapis lazuli for a blue-black tint on your upper eyelid, and
malachite (copper ore) for a green tint on your lower lid.

About Karen Hill

Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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