Fifty Shades of Grey beauty

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Yes, that movie is released this weekend! Finally, the Fifty Shades of Grey fans get to see Christian Grey on the big screen. And it gives us an excuse to explore a much-maligned shade – grey!

Grey is a great shade in beauty. Makes a brilliant base for nail art, gives excellent smoky eyes, and, well, okay, that’s about it, but I love it! And there are so many shades of grey – more than 50 even!

Clarins Ombre Matte Eyeshadow in Sparkle Grey (£19, is a gorgeous, deep grey, with just the right amount of sparkle. Urban Decay offers two single grey Eyeshadows (£14,, Oil Slick is a deep grey, and the appropriately-named-for-a-50-Shades-of-Grey-themed-feature, S&M, is a paler shade. Combined, they will create a great start to a smoky grey eye. Of course, you could go for an eyeshadow quad of lovely grey shades to create this look. Clinique’s All About Shadows quad in Smoke and Mirrors (£28, goes from lightest grey, to a deep charcoal shade.


Japonesque’s Shades of Grey palette (£18, is a mix of matte and shimmer; light and dark. Use the shades on their own for a wash of colour, or all of them for a deep smoky eye. Marks and Spencer’s Limited Edition Quad in Grey Mix (£7.50) is similar, if you want a bargain buy.

Add a sweep of grey eye pencil to accentuate that smoky eye, or on its own for a change to back. Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Oil Slick (£15.50) is a deep grey, whilst Clarins Crayon Khol Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Platinum (£17) is a classic grey shade.

Grey nails look great. It’s the perfect neutral shade; add a little shimmer to glam them up. Marks and Spencer’s Limited Collection Nail Polish in Storm (£4) is a deep, dark grey, whilst The Body Shop’s new Colour Crush Nail Colour in Gorgeous Grey (£5) is a warmer, lighter, grey. Michael Kors Nail Polish in Seduction (£15.50, is a gorgeous, mid-tone, shimmery, grey.

So, that’s our 50 11 Shades of Grey in beauty terms – what’s your favourite?