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7/11/13

Fifty Shades Of Grey Inspired Look & Smoky Grey Eye Makeup Tutorial

"Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, this is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever." ~ Fifty Shades Of Grey by E L James.
I've had this post in my head for over a year. I had almost everything, except the most important thing- the Grey Tie. It had to be very similar to the one on the book cover. In New Delhi, I went to all the shops that sell men's formal wear - Lifestyle, Shopper's Stop, Van Heusen, Arrow, etc. It became an obsession. I kept saying to the man that I wanted to buy it for him, but really it's for me ;p
Then we moved to Newcastle. I looked for one there too. I read that grey ties had become a trend in UK after the book, and I wondered if they just meant London. I was so confident I'd find it quickly there that I bought a grey eyeshadow & a grey nail polish. But no luck.
Then about 6 months later, when I'd almost given up, in a shop in Dubai {Koton}, I found something close (or it found me!) By close, I mean something textured, not with stripes or plain.
When I created this look, it's not the female protagonist, Anastasia Steele, who inspired me, it's her complicated & highly controlling lover with very dark secrets ~ Christian Grey.
Here's the step-by-step tutorial on how I did the eyes:
1. Take matte black eyeshadow on a pointy pencil brush, tap or blow the brush so there's minimal fallout, apply it on the outer corner & inner corner. Do it like you're drawing a C. Curve the black e/s all the way to the hollow of your crease. I used Sleek Makeup Noir from Oh So Special Palette with Sigma E40 brush.
2. With a clean blending brush, join the two C's at the crease by running the brush back & forth in a windshield wiper motion. I used Sigma E25 brush.
3. It should look like that. You could add more black if you prefer it darker. 
4. Wet a flat shader brush and wipe/squeeze off excess water before using it to apply the grey eyeshadow on the center of lid, not touching the edges of the black e/s. Applying eyeshadows with a damp brush make them look more vibrant, and it gives shimmery eyeshadows that foiled effect + they stick to skin better. I used 2 grey eyeshadows- Rimmel Glam Eyes Mono Eye Shadow Night Jewel & Sleek Makeup Glitz from Oh So Special Palette with Sigma E60 brush
5. Apply the same grey eyeshadow on the center of your lower lash line.
6. With the pencil brush & matte black eyeshadow you used before, apply on the outer 1/4th of lower lash line. Join it with the black e/s on upper outer corner.
7.  Do the same on inner 1/4th near the tear duct.
8. It should look like that.
9.  Apply black kohl on the upper waterline & lower waterline, but only on either side leaving the grey area in the center. I used Lakmé  Kohl Ultimate. *This method does not suit my eyes, and makes me look drunk (hehe!), mainly because I have hooded lids. I should have lined and smudged the black all the way.
10. Apply black liquid or gel liner close to your lash line. Line straight out till it touches the edge of the black eyeshadow at the outer corner. I used L'Oreal Super Liner Instant Impact Felt Liner.
11. Touch up the black eyeshadow if needed. Here, I applied a little bit more and repeated step 2.  
12. I put on false lashes, and applied black mascara on top & bottom lashes. I used Eylure 101 lashes & Max Factor 2000 Calorie Curved Brush Mascara.
DONE! 
 I hope you'll try it. You could always replace the grey with other colors, any color you want- gold, bronze, peach, green, blue, beige/taupe, etc.
Products I Used:
Face: MAC Prep+Prime Line Filler, Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundtion #54 Beige, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Medium, Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer, NARS Loose Powder Beach.
Blush: Sleek Blush Dolly Mix from Blush By 3 Sweet Cheeks. Swatched here 
Bronzer: Benefit Hoola. Swatched here 
Lips: Bourjois Levres Contour Lip liner #12 Facetieuse, Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick #32. Blotted those, then I applied Bourjois Levres Contour Lip Liner #11 Enjoleuse. Yes, I was confused what to wear, and should have applied only the last one! =D
Grey Nail Polish: Miss Sporty Lasting Colour in New Black
Shirt with bubble sleeves: Mango Suit.
Grey Dress: Guess
Grey Tie: Koton
Silver Earrings: Forever 21
***[This is for readers under 18 years of age: I don't want to sound like a parent, but I would advise you not to read this book until you're over 18. Better yet, wait till you're 25.]

"Laters, baby."




60 comments:

  1. Amazing u look! The book is so addictive. Unfortunately, the second part is so boring. But Christian Grey drove me crazy :P

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    1. I think he drove every woman crazy :P

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  2. Wait til you're 25? Seriously?? OMG That had made me even more curious! (I'm 22 btw)

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    1. 22 is okay, I guess.... if you're open-minded :) Google what it's about first.

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  3. hehe.. Love the look CZ!
    And we cannot deny that the book falls into the category of erotica. I dint know it when I started it (I don't read back covers or book reviews :/) and used to read it in public places. Oh the looks that I used to get!

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    1. Yup it definitely falls in that category. Hehe...I can imagine the looks! :D

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  4. hahahhhahahahahahaha..... about f-in time!! ahhahahahahahha

    loved the look and your tie-chase. hop[e you used the tie in other ways too ;)

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    1. Hahahaha...I have not Bee! Maybe I should nah hehe :D

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  5. Hehehe nice look! You've captured the essence of the book and that has to be the perfect tie! I have an H&M grey jersey dress that is too wide-necked for my comfort zone, so I'm going to add a striped shirt in and see how it goes! Thanks for the idea.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, a shirt is a great way to make dresses like that wearable :)

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  6. You rock and wow tutorial :) whistle ;)

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  7. Awesome Cynthia!!! You totally rock this look (and all the other looks that you've done too). This is absolutely brilliant!

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  8. Hey cz...awsum you look here!!!
    Can you plz show us how do you do your hair..i mean the curling n all...n what hair products do you use..a seperate post...they look sexy!!!
    Manali

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    1. Will definitely do that soon Manali..thanks!

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  9. I loved d Laters baby....!! U luk awesum. U always have..<3

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  10. hehe brilliant! i love your ideas and your candid writing style :) x

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  12. Haha this is really happening oh my god.
    Love the look it's cool but also fierce.
    Well I think this is a great love story,
    it just somehow got kinky.

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  13. I think your look should be on the damn book cover - It's THAT gorgeous :)

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    1. Haha...nah, but thank you Dayle! :D

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  14. As soon as I saw the first picture, I was all WOW!! You do it perfectly all the time Cynthia...Love you, and your tutorials, and your flawless makeup, and your amazing pictures, and most importantly the themes around which you weave your looks....You're a genius <3 <3

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    1. Your comment made me super happy Agnibanya! Thank you so much! <3

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  15. love your look CZ...you are looking damn sexy and yes the book is surely not for under age..hehehehe

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  16. Till now I thought I was bowled over by Christian Grey...but actually its u!
    seriously..Is there anything U can't pull off CZ?

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    1. Of course there are! :D You're too kind, thank you!

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  17. Love the eyes. They look very fitting...... Wasn't a fan of the book :-P

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  18. Love The look U Luking A Typical School Gal .......... I Can Kill You. You Do So goood Makeup Come To Delhi and teach me !!!!! People Told Me Not to read This book Bcuz im small :P ;) <3 Shrutika . Sorry :)

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  19. You are my favourite blogger of all times Cynthia! I really admire and appreciate the effort you put in your blog. I have always been a silent reader. This is definitely one of the best posts! <3 xx Emmy :)

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    1. That's so sweet Emmy, thank you! :)

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  20. this is the most amazing makeup tut ever...really easy but very impactful..

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  21. OMG that grey tie... I'm LOL-ing when I read this post.. I've read the whole series of the Christian Grey and I never ever imagine that someone will make a make up look inspired by this book. I love this book except for the kin*y fu**ery parts. LOL.

    Beautiful grey eye make up, Miss Christiana Grey...! :)

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    1. Hehe...the parts that actually made it a success :D Thanks!

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  22. not one of my fav books so no comments on that BUT I loved this particular tutorial of yours!! :D. And love the way you blog Cynthia ^_^.

    PS: Great Tie *wink wink*

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  23. I didn't read the book (skipped the whole thing after 5 chapters) but this look is pretty awesome. :D And your outfit look so damn good.

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    1. Thanks! Glad u liked the outfit :)

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  24. Reading 50 shades and then see your post! OMG! :D love the look! :)

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  25. you look superb... I love the look

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  26. how did u make such beautiful waves in your hair.. tutorial plz...

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  27. Your Blog Is The Most Creative Indian/International Blog I Have Ever Read.. n I Know This is Not Going To Change Ever!

    B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L

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    1. T.H.A.N.K.S so much Heena! <3

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  28. Not trying to sound weird or creepy, but you are looking very s*ductive ;) :P

    Preeti Kaur recently posted.. Lakme CC Cream Review

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    1. Thanks! I wouldn't have thought that's weird & creepy at all Preeti :D

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  29. OMG !! U look fab ! It has come up so well..truly 50 shades of grey :D

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  30. Thanks for the comments everyone! <3

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  31. Grey shade smoky eye makeup is always difficult for me to do. But it actually makes me different in the upcoming cocktail party.So thanks for your nice sharing.

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  32. Babe, you look super awesome, your makeup skills are at par! Plz make YouTube videos. And ya, seems like you've put on some weight, you look pretty! <3

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  33. I am a big fan of your eye makeup tutorials... *kisses* n I have delayed reading this novel for so long...I ll probably start tomor and you look stunning :)

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  34. Loveeee every thing abt this look ...i wish i could do make up like u ... love love love the grey smokey eyes n the lip color ... just confirming if i want that lip color ....its only the last bourjois lip liner u used or shd i get all three ... blott the first two n then use the third one ! :-) I jus t love the lip shade!!!

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  35. Could you be more flawless??? nope.....AWESOME is the word.I am a fan really....even my 5 yr old daughter is saying wow!

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    1. Aww that's so cute Anupam..thanks to both of you lovelies :*

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