Cruelty-free looks with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette: How did they know?

I’m as interested as the next gal in the gowns and looks that celebs wear on the red carpet, but it’s rare that I am bowled over enough by a look to actually remember it years later. Hence, it’s saying something when I have a vivid memory of a particular celeb look, and there are 2 that have stood out for me through the test of time.  One is the makeup look Kaley Cuoco wore to the Emmy’s back in 2013.  As far as I’m concerned, the whole look was perfection… that dress! But the graphic burgundy/gray eye stole the show for me!  The other is a look Keira Knightly wore for a magazine photo shoot that was featured in a tutorial by Emily Noel 83 in 2010.  Another burgundy eye, but this one is a much more smokey/smudgy version of fabulous.

So, you can, perhaps, imagine my enthusiasm when I first spotted the new(ish) Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, the first thing I thought was “How did they know?  This palette was designed to recreate my two fave celeb looks!”

Here’s a close up of the shades in the palette.  It had me at Red Ochre.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

Ok, now for the looks!  Let’s get out of the way upfront that I am not a makeup artist, so these are my amateur interpretations… 😉

First up, the Kaley Cuoco look

ABH Modern Renaissance Palette graphic eye

I started out with (1) Tempera all over the lid, from lash line to brow bone.  For the inner portion light gray shading, I patted on a layer of (2) Buon Fresco then topped it with Vermeer for lightness and shine.  For the burgundy part, I used my EcoTools Flat Eyeliner Brush to get the straighter edges, using a base of (3) Venetian Red topped by a layer of Antique Bronze.  I took the same color combos onto the lower lashline, light on the inner corner, dark on the outer.  It looks to me as though she has a light liner on her lower waterliner, so I used the same and then tightlined with a dark brown liner since it also doesn’t look to me as though she’s wearing much liner on her upper lash line.  Throw on some mascara and you’re good to go!

Next, the Keira Knightly look

ABH Modern Renaissance Palette smokey eye

Once again, I began with a base of Tempera from lash line to brow bone.  I used a mix of Raw Sienna and Burnt Orange as my transition shade  and then the rest of lid is a base of Red Ochre with a layer of Love Letter over it.  I took that same combo around the lower lash line and lined both my top and bottom waterlines with a dark brown liner.  Then I did something I almost never do… I put mascara on the top AND bottom lashes.

I have to say, there was a lot of blending and layering involved in both of these looks, and I think the shadows were really easy to blend, but at the same time didn’t meld into a muddy mess.

Overall, very happy with this purchase; let me know what you think!

*These are only my opinions, formed through my personal experience as a consumer. I am not a medical doctor, an aesthetician, or a health/beauty professional. There is no guarantee what effect, positive or negative, these products may have on anyone else.

**All products were purchased by me from brands that, to the best of my knowledge, are cruelty-free.

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