50 Shades—of Grey Inspiration

Made ya look….

So unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard of the latest tomes to sweep the country, the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. Well maybe not the whole country—more like the half of the world with double X chromosomes. These 3 books of erotica which have been called everything from “mommy porn” to “not-safe-for-work novels” have probably set the record for Wikipedia searches for the meaning of BDSM (for the record: bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism, and masochism). But more importantly, it has people talking out in the open about sex. Kinky sex. And there’s no doubt it has lit a fire under many flailing relationships.

My first exposure to 50 Shades came via Facebook. Whenever someone posted a question asking for good book recommendations, this series was mentioned again and again. So I downloaded them on my Kindle having no idea, other than the enormous number of positive reviews it had, what I was in for. Then a good friend professed she’d stayed up all night reading said books and I remembered they were only a click away.

Okay, so the prose and the characters really aren’t well developed or even well written. Agreed. But when I think back to several books that incited crazes over the last few decades (Interview with the Vampire, Twilight, Hunger Games, and Flowers in the Attic, to name a few) none of them would have taken home the Nobel Prize for Literature either. Yet all of them spawned franchises, blockbuster movies, and got people reading—which, I believe, even Oprah would approve of.

So whether you loved or hated it the books, think they’re smut or sex kitten-worthy, and regardless of whether you’ll be camping out to get tickets for the opening of the movie (recently optioned by Universal for $5 mill)—no judgments here.

But I couldn’t resist putting in my two cents; isn’t that the point of having one’s own blog?) And while I don’t profess to have any unique insight into BDSM, I do know a little thing or two about grey tones. So if you’re looking for a little 50 Shades-esque inspiration here it is, my non-sexual homage to this page-turner: The Best 50 Shades of Grey … MAKEUP. Enjoy!



YSL Palette Terriblement Noir

Armani Beauty Maestro Eye Shadow Quad in Ocean

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strip in Smoky

NYX Glitter Cream Palette in Ice Queen


Cream/Long Wearing Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eye Shadow in Galaxy

Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eye Shadow and Liner in Crystal Grey

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Steel

Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick in Gunmetal

Clinique Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Color in Sassy Frass

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Audacious Asphalt

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Mercury

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Skinny Jeans


Powder Eye Shadow

Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow Eye Enhancer in Pearl Grey

Clinique Color Surge Eye Shadow Stay Matte in Slate

Estee Lauder Pure Color EyeShadow Shimmer in Polished Platinum

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals High Shine Eyecolor in Flash

Laura Geller Eye Rimz in Potion


Loose Powder Eye Shadow

Laura Mercier Mineral Eye Powder in Graphite

Makeup Forever Glitters in Silver 2

Bare Escentual bareMinerals Eyecolor in Skyline


Metallic Eye Shadow

Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Shadow in Silver/Black Grey

NARS Night Series Eye Shadow in Night Life

Laura Mercier Sequin Eye Colour in Sterling

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Silver Moon

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Sultry Smoke

Hard Candy Eye Candy Glitter Eye Cream Plus Glittering Liner in Flashy

Stila Jewel Eye Shadow in Black Diamond


Eye Liner

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Graphite Shimmer

Chanel Le Crayon Khol in Graphite

Dior Diorshow Waterproof Liner in Slate

YSL Eye Pencil in Charcoal Grey

Trish McEvoy Eye Definer in Midnight Diamond

NARS Glitter Pencil in Roxbury

Lancome Liner Design in Trendy Grey

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Shimmer Liner in Glam Rock

Too Faced Starry-Eyed Liquid Eye Liner in Ooh & Aah

Blinc Liquid Eyeliner in Grey

Jemma Kidd Makeup School Crushed Jewel Liner in Diamond



YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils in Sublime Grey

geoGirl FYEO Feather Lash Mascara in Grey

Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening & Lengthening Mascara in Slate Grey

Hard Candy Lash Tinsel in Disco Ball

Sue Devitt Microquatic Lash Luxury Mascara Black Widow Black Lavender


Nail Polish

NARS Night Series Nail Polish in Night Breed

Nail Inc Metallic Polish in Trafalgar Square

Dior Nail Lacquer in Perfecto

Essie Nail Polish in Over the Edge

OPI Silver Shatter Polish

Butter Lacquer in Chimney Sweep

China Glaze Nail Polish in Stone Cold

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