Sin City: Grayscale Makeup Tutorial

by |August 21, 2014

"Sin City is where you go in with your eyes open, or you don't come out at all." - Johnny

Sin City Grayscale Makeup Tutorial


Are you ready to take a trip back to the old days, the all-or-nothing days? Just like Marv said in Sin City, they’re back! We haven’t stepped foot in Sin City since the first movie released back in 2005, but we’re itching to go back this Friday when Sin City: A Dame to Kill For hits theaters.

Sin City’s style is unmatched when it comes to the use of greyscale. It’s not the first grayscale movie to use splashes of color here and there, but there is something about the way Sin City pulls it off that works on a whole 'nother level. Maybe it’s the use of lines and shadow, or maybe it’s the snappy dialogue, but either way, we can’t wait to scope out A Dame to Kill For.


Dwight from Sin City A Dame to Kill For


We thought it would be cool to emulate the style of the new movie with a Sin City makeup tutorial, so we called in our friend (and expert makeup artist) Katie Alves to give us a hand. You might be thinking, "pshh, how hard can it be to do gray makeup?" But do not be deceived, friends, for a good grayscale makeup requires a keen eye, perfect blending, and an understanding of how light reflects off features of your face.  Katie will show us how it’s done.


Ava Lord from Sin City


Greyscale Makeup Tutorial Video

So, to borrow lines from our deceased friend Jackie Boy, "you want to see it? You wanna see what we got?"



Supplies Needed for Greyscale Makeup

  • Mehron’s Paradise Palette
  • Q-tips
  • Sugarpill pressed eyeshadow in Tako
  • Star Crushed Minerals eyeshadow in Shooting Star
  • Lotus Noir Lime Crime eye shadow
  • Black eyeliner by Physicians Formula
  • Falsies Mascara by Maybelline
  • Black Bean jumbo pencil by Nyx
  • Nyx lipliner pencil in 813 Plush Red
  • Revlon Colorstay Liquid Lipstick in Top Tomato


Sin City Grayscale Makeup with Green Eyes


Katie really brought the look of Sin City to life and we can’t thank her enough for this amazing tutorial. To take the grayscale makeup look a step further, go for broke and replicate the elegant but powerful look of Ava Lord. To complete her style, grab these other accessories: 

  • High Society Dress - Shop
  • Jade Green Contact Lenses
  • Styleable Fever Amber Black Wig - Shop

Just be careful, or you'll end up asking favors from Herr Wallenquist. He's uglier than Marv!


Ava from Sin City with Wallenquist

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