Guys, I think I'm in love. It took me a while to get into my first Morphe palette, but I get the hype now. These palettes are fricking genius!!
At 35 pans of color, the Morphe PRO makeup palettes are downright intimidating, but once you dive in, oh boy is it ever glorious. I'm talking smooth, buttery, minimal fallout, gorgeousness and for hella cheap at only $23 USD!
The Morphe 35F Fall into Frost palette debuted last year and I don't know what the numbering convention means, but F denotes I believe a more frost/metallic leaning palette, however I wouldn't say it's limited to just that by any means. I was originally hoping to get the 35O palette, which leans much more autumnal and matte, but I'm so glad that I opted for this spur of the moment choice.
The Morphe 35F Fall Into Frost palette is a gorgeous mix of colors ranging from olive, to gold, orange, black and the most stunning range of reds, maroons and plums. It's the latter spectrum of colors that swayed me as these tones are so hot right now. As well, unlike the 35O, the finish of this palette is much more versatile as it ranges from metallic, to the softest satin and a whole row of buttery mattes.
Anyways, I'll have to do a proper swatch fest and review of this palette another time as this post is supposed to be about how to wear it! Over the holidays I started playing around in earnest with this palette and that's when I fell in love. Lately I've been obsessed with playing around with the more sunset/fiery tones of the palette, which is how I came up with this look here, that I've been wearing as often as I can.
Here's how to get the look!
- Morphe 35F Fall into Frost palette
- Essence Forbidden Volume mascara
- Urban Decay Primer Potion (original)
I picked up a trick lately from watching Nikki Tutorials and this has really changed my shadow game. The trick is to lay down a matte base and transition shade first before applying your colorful and shimmery shadows on top. The result leaves you with a much more natural transition and depth and when you discover this, it's a literal light bulb moment, because now you'll know why all good palettes must have matte shades!
Anyways, to start, I laid down my base with a primer and then shade 1, a light, slightly beige-orange shadow all over my lid. This color is basically my skin color with a bit more orange to it, so if you're quite pale, this will show up way more. Ideally you want a color that's close to your natural lid color.
Next, I applied shade 2, a shade that's a couple shades darker than #1 down where you'd place your transition color, namely the middle of the lid for me.
Taking a small outer corner brush, I then darkened the outer corner of my eyes with a matte ash brown shade (shade 3).
You don't have to apply your brow highlight at this step, but I just like to because then I can just spend a moment gasping at how incredible this shimmery, frosty highlight (shade 4) is. It's a pure white gold and it is everything.
Now into the fun parts! I took shade 5, which is a bright satin pink and swept that over my lid from lash line to crease with a flat shadow brush. Since this particular shade sheers out easily, I used patting motions to really layer the color.
With the same brush, I then dipped into shade 6, a dark magenta-plum and applied it over the same area where shade 3 was. I then kept layering it on until I had the effect I wanted, which was a nice late sunset gradient.
Lastly, to balance and define my eyes, I took a small liner brush and shaded the bottom half of my eyes with shade 3 and lined my top lash line with a matte black shadow.
I think this look would be fantastic with falsies, but for everyday wear, I just slipped on 2 coats of black mascara.
- Tarte emphasEyes Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Rich Brown
With such strong eyes, I needed my brows to also be strong so they didn't disappear. Lately I've been using this Tarte brow mousse all the time as it fills in my brows instantly, doesn't fade, and is easily blended. The only downside is it can be easy to overdo it!
- Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush palette
- Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow
- Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Incandescent
At this point, I was looking rather washed out with my bright pink-red eyes and no contour! Thank goodness for my go-to, all year, bronzer. I quickly brushed bronzer into the hollows my cheeks and then brought some flush to my face by generously applying the shade Embraced from the Tarte Pin Up Girl blush palette, which is a plummy rose, to my cheeks, concentrating the color closer to my hairline. Then to finish everything off and give myself a frosty finish, I generously brushed the tops of my cheekbones and temples with a pink-white highlight. In winter, I'm all about pink-white highlights as they just look so good with pale skin and winter's cool light.
- MAC Cremesheen Glass in Richer, Lusher
Finally to top things off, I opted for a "pretty girl" gloss in a pink-peach tone. I wanted something that was nude, but not too nude as I still needed some color elsewhere on my face to balance my dramatic eyes.
I hope you enjoyed this look! I think this would be a great evening makeup look for someone who's more low key. Personally I'd wear this out in the daytime and then layer on more color, glitter and liner for evening. Needless to say, I'm in love with this palette and can't wait to try out more color combinations!
Life lately: This post was also partly inspired by my favourite 90's grunge band, Nirvana. The 90's were really angsty weren't they? We all thought we were so complicated and anti-authority. I remember definitely feeling that way then. I was a straight-A student with a rebel's heart who thought she was better than everyone. Grunge was my saviour back then as it could express the anger I was too shy to ever express to all the jerks at school. What music described your teen years?