Kim Kardashian Is a Modern Cleopatra for Violet Grey

Mary Peffer

Selfie queen Kim Kardashian West just got a MAJOR makeover. With the help of makeup artist Pat McGrath, digital beauty mag Violet Grey has unveiled West as Cleopatra for their new spread—live today. The cover is another milestone for the reality star who channels Elizabeth Taylor for the modern world. In case you're not in the know, McGrath, the woman responsible for the transformation, has some serious industry credibility. She's worked on some of the most memorable beauty moments in print and runway (hello, Versace couture and Prada Fall 2015!).

On recreating one of the most iconic film characters of all time, McGrath shared, "For Kim I wanted to create a version that has never been done before, a futuristic 3D version". The artist used a combination of wire, Swarovski crystals, gold metal leaves, wax, paint, kohl, gel, and glitter to construct a 3-dimensional "leafing" texture around the reality star's eye. "I wanted to portray a luxurious decadence by using elements of ornate facial jewelry constructed into shapes that pay homage to Egyptian culture, and of course to the rich exotic character that Taylor played in this role,” she says. While we love this statement look for editorial, we'll likely stick to rocking mass amounts of glitter on our nailbeds IRL. One of our favorites is Deborah Lippmann's Nail Lacquer Glitter Nail Polish ($20). 

Head on over to Violet Grey to see the rest of Kim K. as Cleopatra and let us know what you think! Does she do the iconic character justice? 

Add a Comment

More Stories
1