A Not Your Usual Grey Eyeshadow Makeup Look Ft. the Anastasia Modern Renaisssance Palette

modern renaissance palette tutorial

This month, the CBB is highlighting all the ways to incorporate grey into your daily makeup routine. There's tons of inspiration, so I highly recommend checking out the roundup, but for my contribution today, I'm featuring something slightly different from your usual smoky grey eye look.

grey eyeshadow makeup look

After much enabling by my fellow bloggers and friends, I finally joined the club and purchased the Anastasia Modern Renaisssance Palette. Guys, this palette is pricey, but so worth it. It is 14 shades of buttery, crazy pigmented, goodness and if you're a matte lover like me, then you're going to love the variety of shades in this palette.

I won't gush too much about it since there are a bazillion reviews already out there on this one, but I thought it would be interesting to create a warm grey-toned look featuring these on-trend colors. I've been really into what I call "sunset" tones lately and nothing screams that more than the bright magenta and red-pink shades in the Anastasia Modern Renaisssance Palette. I thought it would be really fun to highlight these colors alongside a smoky grey.

saint cosmetics eyeshadow

For that perfect grey shadow, I'm using my favourite Saint Cosmetics Sinsation Silver eye shadow. If you've never heard of Saint Cosmetics, then check out my past review, but they're a Canadian natural makeup company that makes some really lovely eyeshadows!

The two mixed together make an almost pink-purple transition, which I'm really loving! A fun eye look like this requires some poppin' lipstick, and I've been itching to bust out my berry lipsticks more since I did my lipstick collection post.

how to wear grey eyeshadow

I hope you enjoy this look as much as I did! For all the details, keep on reading...

  • Burberry Cashmere Compact in Ochre No. 20
For my base, I kept things easy and glowy. My skin has been showing me some radiant love lately thanks to my Jacynthe's Serum (review), an all natural facial oil serum, so to keep the glow going, I just even things out with this Burberry foundation powder. I'll be reviewing this one soon, but let me just gush for a sec, as this powder foundation has such amazing coverage! A few sweeps with my powder brush and all my redness and imperfections are gone. 

anastasia modern renaissance looks

  • Saint Cosmetics eyeshadow in Sinsation Silver 
  • Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette
  • Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black
  • Stila Extreme Lash Mascara
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Clinique Pretty Easy Brow palette (review)
After priming, I set down a base shade all over my lid using the shade Tempera from the Modern Renaissance palette. This shade is a pale white pink that just evens everything out on my skin and acts as a brow highlight. Then, with a fluffy blending brush, I took a generous helping of Buon Fresco, a taupe-lavender shade on my lid, avoiding the brow, and blending it out.

Now for the color! With a small shadow brush, I slowly applied Venetian Red from lash line to crease, by gently patting on successive layers of color. To avoid over-applying, I kept my shadow layers sheer, so I could gradually build the color to a soft medium pink. 

Then with a tapered outer-corner brush, I dug into my grey shadow and blended it with a small circular motions into my outer corner, working my way from the outer edge and inwards. Again, I applied a couple layers this way, then when I was happy with the grey, I took my fluffy blending brush and gently blended the colors a bit to erase any hard lines.

At this point, everything looked a little flat as these were all mattes, so I dipped my blending brush into Vermeer, a sparkly white-pink and dabbed it onto the center of my lids. Hello instant dimension! Mixing mattes and shimmers is the key to any great eyeshadow look in my opinion. 

Lastly, to further define the eyes, I tight lined with some black gel liner and applied mascara. I also filled in my brows for further definition with some brow powder. Never forget to do your brows!

grey eyeshadow tutorial

  • Clarins Le Face Contouring palette (review)
To add some needed dimension and color to my face, I took a dense kabuki brush and blended a medium-tan bronzer and rose toned blush together and blended that onto my cheekbones and contour area. I like mixing a bronzer and blush together so that I can just apply the color in a wide swathe without worrying about my contour looking scary or having clown cheeks.

  • Annabelle TwistUp in Royale
I pondered whether to go light with the lipstick on this look, but I actually quite like how matchy-matchy this ended up being with this purple-plum lipstick. Lately I've been bucking the rule that strong eyes require nude lips. Sometimes a strong eyes, strong lips look is in order!

grey eyeshadow matte

I think the biggest lesson I've learned by doing this look is that grey makes a lovely softer alternative to black eyeshadow for drama. Sometimes black is just too harsh for wearing out, and grey gives that depth I'm craving, without being too overpowering. This makes me curious to try out my greys in more ways from now on!

What other color combos do you think grey shadows would look good with?

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