The Modern Renaissance Series: Fire and Smoke(y Eyes)

I’m pretty sure that the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette is my favorite eyeshadow palette of all time (yes, I love it even more than the Urban Decay Naked Palette!). It comes with a lot of beautiful neutral and berry colors; surprising since a lot of cosmetic companies tend to go for safer shades when constructing their own palettes (and Modern Renaissance happens to be Anastasia’s first permanent palette!).

The colors of the palette can be a little difficult to use, especially you have a hard time making reds and pinks work on your eyelids. This is why I decided to create a series of posts in which I come up with different looks using the Modern Renaissance Palette. For this first post, I took a lot of the reds and oranges and turned out a smokey, wearable look. The colors I used remind me of fire, hence the title of this post.

Because I decided to go for a smokey look, I did my eyes first. I prepped my eyes with my Urban Decay Primer Potion. It’s my favorite eye primer, and I find that it really extends the longevity of my eyeshadow. I took the shade Realgar and applied it on my eyelids as a base. I took Red Ochre and applied it to the outer corners of my eyes. From there, I blended it really well so that there wouldn’t be any harsh lines. I took the shade Cyprus Umber and applied it to the outer V of my eyes and a bit on my crease. This shade is very dark and extremely pigmented, so I went in with a light hand and blended it into the red eyeshadows. I took the shade Love Letter and smudged it on my outer- and mid-lower lash line. The last eyeshadow I used was Primavera. It’s a gorgeous, shimmery gold, and I applied it to my inner corners and the inner part of my lower lashline. I also lightly dusted it on my eyelids, just to add some shimmer to the shadow. I lined my eyes with my Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner, making sure that the line was extremely thin. I gave both my upper and lower lashes volume with the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I also gave myself big, bushy brows with my Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Granite.

To even out my skin, I used my Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation, and concealed with my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I powdered my face with my Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, and contoured my cheeks and nose using my Benefit Hoola Bronzer. I used my NARS Blush in Gina to add color to my cheeks, and highlighted my cheekbones, nose, brow bones, and cupid’s bow with the shade Amber Gold from my Anastasia Ultimate Glow Kit.

Lasty, I used my MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Toast and Butter. It’s a gorgeous brown color, it isn’t drying, and I think it really completes the look.

So that’s it for my first look of this series. Hope you liked it, and I’m really looking forward to coming up with different looks I can create with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette.


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