Making Modern Renaissance Work

Back in December, I treated myself to a completely frivolous purchase.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette.

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I had been lusting after this palette for months.

It is so beautiful – the 14 velvety warm colors just made me swoon in the store. However, it doesn’t exactly read “mature eyes”, and so I reluctantly passed it by.

But then, during Christmas week, Ulta offered Modern Renaissance for 20% off the $42 price. And I succumbed. I stopped by on the morning of Christmas Eve, and bought myself a present.

ABH Modern Renaissance is the hands-down favorite of beauty bloggers and YouTubers everywhere, with no competition in sight. So much has been written about this product –  the rich, lustrous, highly-pigmented shades, the uniqueness of the colors, the multitude of looks you can achieve, that there is little more I can add.

However, it’s also so strong that it can get muddy and make your eyes look smaller, and the formula has a lot of kickback, so you have to be very careful in your application, so you are left with lots of fallout under your eyes and on your cheeks

The dark warmth of the colors can be difficult on older, wrinkly, droopy eyelids – which is why I hesitated so long before I purchased this. I cannot carry off the dramatic looks that are so beautifully worn on the younger women.

For that reason, it is not my favorite palette. That award goes to Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes – (so far anyway), which is so flattering to older eyes.


But, because it is so versatile, I CAN make Modern Renaissance work.

Here’s the look I like best.

I start by priming my lid with concealer.  I like IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye for this – because it is so opaque it covers my purplish eyelids and gives me a clean canvas so the colors will look clear and not muddy.

I then use just a bit of my bronzer as a crease color/transition shade. In these photos, it’s Urban Decay’s Beached Bronzer in ‘Bronzed’.

Then I am ready for the Modern Renaissance palette.

I use the three shade in the top center, Vermeer, described as an iridescent shell, Buon Fresco, a matte dusty lavender, and Antique Bronze, a bronze with a slightly purplish tone and a finish that is both a bit metallic as well as satiny.

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Buon Fresco goes over my entire eyelid to the crease with a fluffy shadow brush. Then with a more precise smaller brush, I add Antique Bronze on the outer corners and the outer half of my lash line. With my fingertip, I then smudge a little of the Vermeer in the center of my lid, to brighten and open up my eyes.  On my lower lash line, with a tiny shadow brush, I apply a thin line of Buon Fresco to the outer half, combined with a bit of Antique Bronze on the very outer corner.

The look I get is fresh and flattering – and not aging.



In the car, in natural light, after four hours of wear. You can see how hooded my eyes are – which hides a lot of the shadow. But still, the look makes my blue eyes pop.


3 thoughts on “Making Modern Renaissance Work

    • Often I just use my foundation, and then maybe a very light dusting of a subtle highlighter, like Too Faced Candleglow or Essence Pure Nude. I don’t want too much emphasis, since I am puffy at my brows and droopy everywhere else… but a little bit of light color helps brighten and open. If I am too “puffy” for highlighter on any given day, I sometimes will go with a matte ivory shadow.

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