Morphe is here! Recently I was lucky enough to attend the Morphe X Mecca launch event with makeup master LipstickNick delivering a live masterclass on how to do her reverse smokey eye technique. To watch this woman in action was truly a privilege. In the span of an hour, I had a notes folder in my iPhone complete with a list of her recommendations, techniques and her favourite brushes to use. The launch was celebrating the much anticipated launch of Morphe landing on Australian shores. The best part, they haven’t launched just anywhere – they’ve landed themselves on Mecca’s shelves. Beauty loop, here we come!
Upon arrival we were greeted with a beautiful light up Morphe sign outside The Canvas House in South Melbourne. I’d never been to this space before, but it presented to be a cool modern warehouse, and just like its name – a blank canvas. Mecca truly decked the place out with endless flowers and cocktails, an ode to a brand as colourful as each floral arrangement. Lush event aside, we had the lovely LipstickNick come all the way from LA and show us how to do a reverse smokey eye. She used the 39S Such A Gem palette on her model and talked us through the technique live. This woman is all sorts of genius.
Mecca didn’t launch the whole range at once but the bits they did choose to release hit it off with a bang! Since, they have followed with some major drops in the line, including those of YouTube famous Jeffree Star, James Charles and Jaclyn Hill. The famed James Charles palette boasts versatility like no other. The possibilities are endless with the colours allowing you to do anything from a neutral smoked out eye to something more bold perhaps incorporating the vibrant red and blue’s in the palette. The Jaclyn Hill Vol. I palette is on the softer side, with more shimmers coming into play. The formula’s of all the Morphe palettes are both creamy and pigmented and sit at such a ridiculously reasonable price range for the quality they afford artists. They’re just about all I use nowadays as I’m never left falling short of a colour.
Morphe’s brush line up is truly impressive in itself. I have collected so many of their brushes and have honestly yet to be disappointed by any of them. The brand doesn’t compromise quality as it made by artists for artists. Of the many I’ve since bought, I’ve definitely got favourites. Here are my top five in both the face and eye category. In saying that, the M421, M433 and M443 are a couple I like to use for the eyes, lips and face.
The Eye Primer Is An Essential
What’s that cliche saying, ‘Not to prime is a crime’? Well, in this instance it stands particularly true. When you’re using eye shadows that may be particularly bright and pigmented, or even just a metallic – you want to ensure you’re starting your eye look with an eye primer to insure your eye look for as long as you need it to last. Doing so will ensure that the skin holds onto that rich pigment, as well as preventing creasing on the lid. The eyelid is one of the thinnest areas of skin, so even on dryer skin types, you’ll find oils will make their way through the eye lids skin a lot easier and hence breaking down the makeup in that area. This will also do wonders in stopping that killer wind from smudging and deteriorating through a long period of time. You also don’t want the rich pigment from that killer red in the James Charles palette to stain your skin. Create that barrier, it’s so important and will make all the difference! I personally love the tinted variation of eye primer to even out my vein ridden eye lids and create the perfect base for other colours to be true to their tone and pop as they should. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s not to use concealer to create an even canvas on my eye. Concealer’s contain emollient ingredients within them, this will ultimately be counterintuitive to making your look last.