I’m all about the dusty pinks, and burnt orange eye shadows for Fall (and every other season,) but the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance is the perfect palette for Fall. Right now in California we’re on the cusp of the remaining Summer heat and the crisp Fall breeze that rolls in at night so I thought I’d throw together a look inspired by the change of seasons.
I love my some comfy outfits. I don’t work right now so I have the luxury of never having to put shoes on and that’s a dream for me. I love being barefoot, it’s one of my favorite things and I plan to be barefoot for as much of my life as possible. I chose my favorite light-washed Zara distressed “mom jeans” as Matt calls them, paired with an olive green halter tank that I think makes my shoulders look nice. After my shower I didn’t brush my hair (never do, to be honest) and wrapped it up into a clip that will later result in lots of messy waves.
I, also, love me some pink eye shadow, it’s probably my favorite color to put on my eyes. I have brown eyes, but when I wear pink I feel like a little green come out in the sun and that makes me happy. I also really like the way it blends into my pinky skin tone and that I can make it look super natural or deepen it for a mid-glam look. Personally, I think you can wear whatever style makeup look you want for any time of day as long as you own it. It’s almost 80 degrees in California today, I have no plans to leave the house, but I wanted pink shimmery eyes today so that’s what I did. Yes, my eyebrows are a little splotchy. And yes, my skin is not perfect, but tough shit.
For today’s look I used: bbrõwbar Brow Definer in Indian Chocolate, Maybelline’s Master Prime Blur + Smooth Primer, Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Fair Neutral (as an eyeshadow base), elf’s Mad for Matte Palette, ABH Modern Renaissance Palette, HAN Skin Care Cosmetics All Natural Eyeshadow in Sunset, Benefit’s Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer in No. 2, Maybelline’s FIT Me Matte + Poreless Foundation in Creamy Beige 122, Smashbox HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder in Light, Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara, Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara, Milk Makeup’s Highlighter in LIT, and Wet n Wild Shimmer Palette in To Reflect. Damn, now that’s a full face of makeup. Let me know in the comments if you want a youtube tutorial on how to get this look.
Getting back to the palette, Anastasia Beverly Hills has some bomb eye shadows. The palette’s are gorgeous with their suede packaging and minimal design. The shadows are soft and creamy, bendable, and have some beautiful shade ranges inside. The Modern Renaissance palette is a perfect every day go-to palette, a great new-to-eyeshadow makeup, and a nice for glamming up your day if you’re feeling a little extra.
I’m loving this palette, I’ve wanted it for over a year, but never let myself spend the money on it until this past month. I convinced myself that with my passion for beauty and the upcoming wedding I was going to that it was the perfect time to buy and it was. You can do so many looks with this palette and I know I still haven’t found them all. I’ve done a soft pink look pairing this palette with elf’s mad for matte, I’ve covered my lid in only golden ochre, I’m done a soft yellow and orange look, and I’ve done this shimmer pink eye. This palette is gorgeous every time.
Can you just look at those swatches? I did the swatches up-down all the way through so the first two are Tempera and Raw Sienna and I really love all these shades. I feel like this palette would look incredible on all skin tones too.
Tempera is a perfect way to set the lid and an awesome shadow to wear when you want something, but not really. Raw Sienna is a great crease shade to darker up a natural eye. Golden Ochre is a JAM. I love this shade, it’s in most of the shadows I do with this palette, I’m surprised I didn’t use it today. Vermeer and Primavera are awesome because they are solid shimmers, I don’t see any different colors in the reflect which is nice to know if you want a silver shimmer or a gold shimmer that’s exactly what you’re getting. ABH ain’t playing around with the shimmer tricks. Buon Fresco reminds me of black raspberry ice cream. It’s delicious, delicate and an awesome color for the middle of the lid. Red Ochre gives me some issues sometimes. This is probably the hardest to blend in the palette. Antique Bronze looks way more purple in the palette than it comes out on the skin. It’s literally a brown with bronze shimmer, barely any purple unless you think about it too much and see a tiny bit of purple. I always get Venetian Red and Love Letter mixed up because they look so similar in the palette, but Love Letter is so much more fuscia pink than I expected. Warm Taupe I need to play around with more because I don’t normally do cool tone looks and this is never deep enough for my looks, but it’s beautiful for a crease color if you want a really natural eye (maybe blend it with golden ochre and a shimmer). I threw a little Cyprus Umber in the corners of my eyes which is probably how I’m always going to use this color, it’s a gorgeous dark brown that will be loved a lot. Lastly, Realgar this burnt orange is a favorite. I use it all the time making really natural orange smokey eyes with golden ochre, burnt orange and raw sienna. I love all of these colors, even Red Ochre which I used today and am learning to love.
My only complaint is that some shades are a little dry and are a little harder to blend. Red Ochre, for example, gets a little tricky for me. Maybe I just have a hard hand and need to lighten up? Probably. I know other people complain that the palette has way too much fallout and I agree there is some fallout, but it doesn’t bother me too much. I will say that using the makeup brush that comes with the palette makes the fallout much, much worse. After washing the brush once I can see that it’s not going to last a long time. If you have fallout just take a makeup wipe and grab all the excess at the end of doing your eyeshadow and you’re fine. This is definitely a palette where you want to do your eyes before your face. I personally prefer that method all the time, unless I’m only covering my lid with a very natural color.
I’m so in love with this palette and can’t wait to try the other Anastasia Beverly Hill’s palettes as well as the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette which I almost got instead of the Modern Renaissance palette. I just wanted to say that in no way am I a makeup artist so there will be some mistakes, but I’m okay with it so hopefully you are too. I’ll learn from it and so will you if you follow along. Let me know what else you guys would like to see on the blog and if you want a YouTube tutorial on this eyeshadow look.