This was my dilemma yesterday. I had bought a fantastic Cleopatra costume for Karneval in Köln, but I had no idea how to do my makeup Cleopatra-style. Being more of a nerd than a beauty queen, I have always struggled with makeup.
Last semester when I was the embedded librarian for a great class of English 1302 students at the University of Texas – Pan American, one of the students wrote her research paper on YouTube beauty gurus. It was like a light bulb went off. OMG – of course, all of this is on YouTube! (My lack of awareness is no doubt a product of coming of age in the 80s! These beauty gurus came as no surprise to the students! :) )
So, when it came time to prepare for my Karneval look, I went to YouTube and discovered a great video on how create a historically accurate Cleopatra look on the MACshadowcombos channel created by Zabrena. What makes her channel so special, and why I think it is appealing to librarians, is that she has done a great amount of research to create historically accurate makeup tutorials for different eras.
I haven’t asked her about her sources, LOL, but it was great to learn about the history of makeup and how to create a great look at the same.
Before with no makeup:
It was such a dramatic transformation that after seeing my pics on Facebook, my own mother emailed me asking if this was me! With these results, I will be definitely going back to her channel to prepare for more of my Karneval looks.
Check out the other historically accurate videos by Zabrena on her YouTube playlist.
By Karen Holt. Karen is currently enjoying a sabbatical in Cologne, Germany, just in time for Carnival season! Kölle Alaaf!