Not sure what to be this Halloween? Instead of joining a group of pals as yet another Snapchat filter, why not stand out with a costume that鈥檚 part Ancient Egyptian, part badass babe? Cleopatra is the ultimate Halloween look, and with a little patience, some careful eyeliner and well-chosen accessories, you鈥檒l be able to craft up a Queen-of-Egypt-inspired Halloween costume that鈥檚 sure to blow everyone away. And since not everyone is a DIY pro, we鈥檙e going to show you how to do a Cleopatra costume no matter whether you鈥檙e a beginner, intermediate or a master-level costumer.

DIY Beginner Cleopatra Halloween Costume

To start things off, we鈥檙e thinking simple and straight to the point. So stock up on the essentials below and read each step carefully. Most importantly, don鈥檛 get intimidated! Since this costume is an update on a store-bought getup, even a Halloween novice can bring the double-tap-worthy look to life.

What you鈥檒l need to bring your look to life:

How to put it all together:

DIY Beginner Cleopatra Halloween Costume

1. Try your hand at styling. Even though you鈥檝e bought a wig with bangs, there鈥檚 a good chance that they鈥檙e not cut to Cleopatra鈥檚 liking. Lay your wig flatand use a pair of ultra-sharp scissors to snip the bangs a tad shorter than they already are. The goal isn鈥檛 so much baby fringe as it is micro bangs, so be sure to cut them about an inch up from your brows. To make sure you have the right length, try the wig on first to get a feel for how much to cut.

2. Jazz up your wig. Add dangling earrings or beads on a strand to the headpiece to personalize it.

3. Swap out store-bought for statement pieces. Take the collar that comes with the costume out of the mix and replace it with the chunky necklaces of your choice. Remember: the blingier, the better.

4. Accessorize like a royal. Throw on a few chunky rings for Queen of the Nile style.

5. Slay your face like the Egyptian queen that you (almost) are. Begin with the flawless face for your base. Next, add shimmering gold lids and light-reflecting cheekbones. To get the look, apply a gold reflective cream shadow to your eyelids, expanding beyond the outside corners and along your lower lash line. For your cheekbones, swipe a high-pigmented gold highlighter from your cheekbone up towards your temple and out towards your hairline 鈥 the more you apply, the more you鈥檒l glow, so be generous. From there, hit your lower lash line with a touch of gold glitter in the center and dab the upper lash line in the center as well to bring attention front and center. Next, go for a bold, elongated cat eye using a liquid liner pen, expanding the liner onto the sides of the bridge of your nose. Top off your queenly look with a set of bold brows using black or deep brown shadow, followed by a clear eyebrow gel, voluminous false lashes, and a subtle nude lip. Voila!

The final look

DIY Beginner Cleopatra Halloween Costume
DIY Beginner Cleopatra Halloween Costume
DIY Beginner Cleopatra Halloween Costume

Looking for more good costume inspo? Head to our Halloween page.

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Production, Wardrobe, Hair, and Makeup: Misty Spinney

Photography: Kurt Andre

Model: Natasha Thomas

Additional reporting by Rebecca Norris

(All photos by Brit + Co)