make up for ever fifty shades of grey collection

When MAKE UP FOR EVER sent over some products from their brand new Fifty Shades of Grey collection to test out, I thought the best way to explore them would be through a shoot.  After all, I have a vested interest in how different makeup photographs. I posted on instagram about wanting a model to play around with the collection, and my cousin Tara volunteered. This collection is (obviously) inspired the wildly popular/notorious book Fifty Shades of Grey and by the makeup looks featured in the film. I tested the Give in to Me set, which includes an eyeshadow quad, mascara, liquid eyeliner, lipstick and lip gloss in a silk and velvet-lined case. I decided to do two looks based on the "innocent" and "empowered" face charts that accompanied the kit.

We shot these looks sequentially at my apartment in natural evening light. First up, the "Innocent" look:

After setting Tara's foundation, I used the kit's creamy and taupe eyeshadows, a light coat of mascara and the lipgloss.

 The second take is the collection's "Empowered" look:


For this more sultry look, I used the darker two eyeshadows and intensified Tara's eyes with the liquid liner and two more coats of mascara. I applied the kit's nude lipstick and topped it with the lip gloss.
This is a solid makeup collection. It's actually quite a good kit for anyone who doesn't buy makeup often but wants a selection of products in neutral tones. The eyeshadow quad is perfect for day-to-night looks and the lipstick is such a pretty shade that I've been receiving emails inquiring about it since sharing a photo from another shoot on which I used it. For those asking, it's Rouge Artist Natural N4. All the products are highly pigmented and the eyeshadows have a dreamy texture that blends with ease.

MAKE UP FOR EVER also hosted an advance screening of the film last night, which I attended with my friend, Peter. You know what? The film is much better than the book, which isn't saying too much, but it was truly, surprisingly enjoyable. This review, passed on to me by Peter, raises some interesting points. I've long judged movies by the quality of the makeup, as great beauty work always elevates overall production value. In this case, the work of Makeup Department Head Victoria Down certainly enhances things.

Tara, thank you so much for your time and for letting me test out this collection on your beautiful face!