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Instead of reviews as I’ve done a lot of reviews lately and want to “Unleash My Inner Artist” I’m going to do seven creative looks using the Morphe x James Charles Artistry Palette. Prior to doing these seven looks, I had not touched my palette yet as I was holding off to do a review. But considering I’ve done so many reviews lately and still have several more palettes to go through I need to mix things up or I’m going to lose it.
1. Christmas Holly
For this look I used the following shades: flashback, social blade, daddy, guac, and you’re kidding. The actual holly was made using the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Crocodile Tears with guac over top. Then for the base of the red liner and holly berries I used Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Poinsettia then I put you’re kidding over top. My actual lips are ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Snowfleek which was from last year’s holiday collection. I was inspired to do this look based off several different ones I saw on Instagram, there were about ten different artists who did different looks using holly. I didn’t reference any of them for this look but I can’t say I came up with the idea to do a holly look either since that’s a common Christmas symbol.
2. Pop of Blue
This look was inspired by a look from MakeupByRiquelle but instead of a pop of yellow in the inner corner I wanted to go with a bright pop of blue. For this look I used the following shadows: Flashback (brow bone highlight), Tune and Code James in the crease, 10% Off and No Beans on the lids, Benny and Spooky in the outer corner, and Playground with Hello on top for the inner corner. I have on Essence Volume Stylist Curl & Hold Mascara and Ardell Demi Whispies false lashes. And yes, I know the lash is extremely visible. I’m still trying to figure out how not to make them obvious. Black liner doesn’t hid it, so just ignore that. On my brows, I used my usual Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse in rich brown.
3. Heat Map/Chrome
This look was inspired by laviedunprince who created this heat map looking makeup look, which was inspired by Marcelo Cantu photography where in some of his art this look was created using editing. Laviedunprince made it come to life with makeup. Specifically the James Charles x Morphe Artistry Palette which I also used for this look. The shades that were used for this look were the following: Pinkie Drinkity to blend out the edges, Skip for the pink, Single for a transition between the pink and the blue, Brother as a base for the shade Hello. I also have on Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Butt Naked and some Essence Volume Stylist Curl & Hold Mascara. On my lid though you can’t really see it I have on the shade Escape.
One look that I’ve seen so much of this year on Instagram is doing a look that involves snowflakes and I wanted to do my own take on it. Yes original… this is going to be a trend in this post. I’m experimenting but referencing others but attempting my own spin on it. So on that note, I was inspired specifically by a look done by Molly Bee (beautsoup) where you have a snowflake made from makeup around the outside but not in the actual snowflake.
So how did I make this, well I did a video for this back on Sunday so that video is above for the exact steps. But basically it was some tape then using the shades: Flashback, Brother, Cape Cod, Cola, and Spooky. After removing the tape I put on some NYX Glitter Primer then layered Tanya Burr Cosmetics Eye Shimmer Pot in Snow Day from two year’s ago holiday collection over top. On my lips I have a combination of Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Diamond and Drug Lord. There’s also Drug Lord on my lids to add some more smaller snowflakes. In my waterline is NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk and have Essence Volume Stylist Curl & Hold Mascara on my top lashes.
5. Chinese Porcelain
Alright for this next look this is something I’ve wanted to recreate since I saw Samantha Ravndahl posted on Twitter back in November. It was a facechart that she created inspired by Chinese Porcelain. And with the 7 looks using one palette, I wanted to finally attempt it. Now I know I didn’t get my brows hidden good enough, but I still love how it turned out. The first image is the facechart from Sam and the rest are my recreation.
So to start the look, I attempted to block out my brows then did a light wash of color using the shades: flashback, playground, and brother. Then I used Morphe liner in Harper to outline the brows and shapes on my face. Next I took the shade brother to start out the shading on the shapes. Next I took Cola to deepen each shape. Then I took that same shade to create some contour on my nose and cupid bow. You can hardly see it but I do have the flowers on my chin as well. For all of the highlights I took Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in you guessed it Drug Lord. Including to outline the flowers on that flower. On the other shapes and the base for my lips I used NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in Blue Jet. For the liner I used NYX Epic Ink Liner and I also have Essence Volume Stylist Curl & Hold Mascara.
6. Christmas Lights
This look was inspired by Patty Momir on Instagram. I loved the idea of this look but wanted to do my own take as well as use some ColourPop products mixed in with the James Charles x Morphe palette. So to start off the look I actually did my lower lash line first with the shade You’re Kidding. Then I went in with Social Blade and Daddy in the crease. Now to give that cut crease I look the shade So Good across my lids. And put a pop of Ringlight in the inner corner of my eye. To blur out the upper edge of Social Blade I took the shade Flashback. Next was time to do the Christmas lights. So I used a bunch of ColourPop Gel Liners: Puppy (orange), Boots (pink), Punch (yellow), Prance (light blue), Teaspoon (green), and Piggy Bank (purple). Then I used the NYX Epic Ink liner to create the string and do a little wing on my lash line. To make the lights look like they were glowing I used a similar shade in the James Charles x Morphe palette: Bee (yellow), 518 (orange), Skip (pink), Single (purple), Playground (light blue), and Social Blade (green). Next to finish up the look and to make some use of the newest ColourPop Jelly Much shadows I used those over top of the lights as well. I only used five though unlike all of the others where I used six. So they were paired as followed: Morning Light (orange), Wide Awake (yellow), No Rest for the Vivid (pink), Into Focus (green), and Ventura (purple and light blue). Lastly I popped on a pair of Ardell Demi Whispie lashes with a stacked outer corner using a second pair of Ardell. I totally didn’t notice the line was messy for the string before I took the photos or that my lash wasn’t completely on. And I didn’t review the photos before I took off the makeup so yeah.
7. Signature Cover Look
Lastly I didn’t want to finish off these seven looks without doing the cover makeup look. I know James posted a tutorial of this look but I did not follow it to recreate the look. I started out using tune then layered on bee. Keeping to the crease I added on 518 followed by skip using a bit of pinkity drinkity to blend out the upper edge. Then I layered on single to wing it out and in the outer corner to deepen it up I used escape. Following into the lower lash line I started out with NYX Jumbo Pencil in milk. Then took some more single followed by cola then social blade. Moving back to the lids, I took some NYX Jumbo Pencil in milk as a base then layered on top a mixture of flashback and ringlight. Next I took NYX Epic Ink Liner to give a line that could blend in and hide the band for the Azeredo Cosmetics False Lashes in Hollywood (use code MAE10 for 10% off). Then it was time to finish up the look, I applied some foundation, a bit of ringlight for a highlight, brows, and of course some mascara. Then it was time to break out the white water activated body paint to pull in the final look and get that #UnleashYourInnerArtist vibe.
I had a lot of fun doing all of these looks. And it got me out of my comfortable zone with makeup. As you can probably tell by all of the looks, not one was an original idea. And that’s mainly because I couldn’t think of anything that someone else hadn’t already done. Plus I wanted to play with the palette and expand my makeup horizon. Yes I have done creative looks in the past and I’m going to do more in the future. Sometimes it’s fun just to try recreating something you’ve seen elsewhere and credit whoever you got inspired by.
Thoughts on the palette?
It’s nice and fun to play with. Yes these are pressed pigments so they have the potential to stain your skin. But that’s not going to stop me from playing with the palette. After this I’m still going to use the palette for a variety of looks: creative and “wearable”. If you want a palette to take you out of your comfortable zone, have a huge variety of shades, and doesn’t break the bank if you can manage to get your hands on it I would say go for it.
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