How to upgrade your makeup bag and solve your beauty woes

It’s time your cosmetics case got a makeover too. Here’s how to equip yourself (and your makeup bag) with a line-up of products that don’t hide but enhance.

We hardly think you need an excuse to re-evaluate your beauty arsenal but sometimes we get too comfortable and our routines lose their shine. Upgrading your makeup bag certainly isn’t a chore but it takes laser sharp focus (distraction is so easy in the beauty realm) and a clear understanding of the makeup conundrums you need help with and why.

The idea is not to get distracted by fleeting trends or makeup you feel intimidated by. This exercise is about investing in complexion-enhancing wonders you can dab on daily. These are products that work hard but are easy to master, essentials that will never let you down but pair perfectly with your dependable go-tos.

We’ve dubbed this coterie of beauty products ‘Mecca’s Great Enhancers’ because they’re in a class all of their own and will take your current line-up of products to new heights.

For your complexion

If your routine is feeling flat an overhaul of your go-to base and complexion products is a simple way to freshen up your daily makeup programming. The Mecca Cosmetica Lit From Within Primer and To Save Face SPF are a power duo designed to wear daily but ensure your routine starts with a solid foundation. SPF is always a non-negotiable and the To Save Face SPF layers over your serums expertly while also delivering a cocktail of skin-loving vitamin E and hyaluronic acid.

For days when your visage needs a little extra help or your foundation is running low, add a dollop of primer into the mix to increase overall coverage and amp up the glow.

If glow is the aim of the game, turn to the new NARS Tinted Glow Booster for a soft-focus effect that can be worn solo, layered under foundation or tinted moisturiser or simply added to the high points of the face to deliver on radiance. By simply adding this to your makeup arsenal, you’ve opened up a world of glow-enhancing possibilities to experiment with but you’re not amping up the coverage, only enhancing what already lies beneath.

For colour play

If you’re in need of a hit of colour to revive your makeup may we suggest the Overlust Cheek Palette from NARS, a worthy investment for your complexion. The trio of powder blushes and trio of gel-to-powder highlighters serve up a natural flush of colour that deserves dusting on to your cheeks and highpoints. Though don’t leave it there, as your eyes should enjoy this palette too. If going for a monochromatic look, swipe Let It Burn or Body Talk across your cheeks and lids for a fresh and natural glow that’s daytime appropriate. After dark, dip into one (or all) of the highlighter shades and apply where needed; at the tear duct, in the centre of the eyelid and across the waterline for a subtle shine.

Those interested in test driving a monochromatic look but not yet ready to dive into six new shades all at once should direct their attention to the NARS Blush Orgasm X. This thwack of colour is certainly bold but it’s not impossible to master and if the flush it leaves becomes a favourite why not take to your eyelid with it too?

However, if you know your makeup bag is calling out for a full spectrum dose of saturated colour turn to the NARS Afterglow Eyeshadow Palette for its supercharged hues and plethora of finishes. With matte, satin, shimmer and metallic textures, this warming palette will become a steady friend fast. Likewise, the MECCA MAX Dream Queen Eye and Face Palette is home everything you want — bronzer, highlight, blush, and eye shadow — in one neat package. The palette promises to be all you need for amping up your routine day or night.

For touch-ups

Don’t think of makeup enhancers as being confined to mornings and evenings either as there’s a place for these products to spruce up your routine in the afternoon and on the go too.

NARS’s Afterglow Lip Balm leaves the perfect, skin-brightening wash of colour on the lips but also preps your pout for long-wear formulas and will have top layer colours feeling more vibrant in an instant. If you're in a pinch, or just prefer a dewy pop of colour on the cheeks, it's a stellar blush too. Better still, a swipe of the colour across the lids will add a glossy sheen that’s little effort to apply but certainly makes an impact. And while there’s an argument to be made for all the shades of this versatile balm, Dolce Vita is an easy to wear hue that leaves a subtle hint of colour but won’t feel formidable. Think your lips but better.

Likewise, if your makeup needs a refresh during the 3pm slump, ensure your makeup bag is equipped with a spritz like Mecca Cosmetica’s Hydrating Mist — it’s the easiest way to reset your complexion half-way through the day that also doubles as an e-radiation and pollution-fighting essential. You and your cosmetics case won’t know how you ever lived without it.

Want to learn how to upgrade your makeup bag? Head into one of our stores for an interactive how-to Beauty Lab session during the month of March. Bookings recommended. Secure your spot here.


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