The beauty staples (and MECCA bestsellers) you need to build your ‘beauty wardrobe’

Just like the perfect pair of jeans or a classic white T-shirt in your wardrobe, your beauty cabinet should be filled with the staples from which you can build upon. Whether it’s the do-all nude palette or MECCA’s bestselling moisturiser, we’ve rounded up our favourite beauty classics – both new, and storied – to help you get started.

The products here are so beloved, they’ve all made the finalist cut for MECCA Beauty Election 2020 – vote for your favourites here.


Most of us have a failsafe cleanser; our favourites include the iconic Eve Lom cleanser and Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate which can be found in the cabinets of beauty experts around the world. “In just two minutes, you clear surface dullness, smooth texture and pores and reveal glowing skin,” advises Kate Somerville on her bestselling product.

But in addition to a cleanser, to really make sure your skin is as clean as possible so that your skincare can absorb properly, it’s worthwhile adding a rinse-free exfoliating solution. New from Mecca Cosmetica, the Glow-Giver Exfoliating Solution is formulated with gentle yet effective acids (lactic, glycolic and salicylic) that slough away dead skin cells and related congestion. Use it two to three times a week.

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$37.00 - $177.00


Skincare is the time to really spoil your skin with moisturiser. While you should be choosing a moisturiser based on your skin type (we have a comprehensive guide on how to find the right one for you here), the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream is a moisturiser all-rounder. A perennial bestseller (so much so that it’s a finalist in our MECCA Beauty Election 2020 Hall of Fame), it feels lush and creamy without being heavy on the skin.

And, of course, always end your skincare routine with a layer of Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Sunscreen SPF 50+ to protect your skin against UVA and UVB rays from the sun, as well as from your blue screens.


Moisturising shouldn’t be relegated just for your face, particularly in winter. Even if it’s easy to forget, deep down we all know we should be maintaining a skincare mentality for our body so to get started, luxe-up your shower time with the Ren Moroccan Rose Body Wash. “It takes over a thousand rose petals to make the essential oil used in this feel-good body wash,” says David Delport, REN’s global head of education. “At REN we believe this triggers feel-good hormones that boost your mood and your skin. Celebrity lovers include Kate Moss, Donatella Versace, and Sienna Miller.”

Then, finish off with Kiehl’s iconic Crème de Corps. As Zendaya once shared with her fans: “I always keep a big one on deck. It’s the best freakin’ stuff in the world!”

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Start off your makeup right with a base that works for you. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is one of the top selling foundations at MECCA. Apply this one with clean fingers; NARS actually recommend against using a brush because the warmth of your fingers ensures that the formula spreads effectively over the face.

If you would prefer a powder foundation, bareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation has lasted the distance, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Lightweight and vegan, it is buildable and ideal for those with sensitive skin, blurring pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

Whether you’re a beauty novice or have a well-equipped arsenal of beauty products, a nude eyeshadow palette is a necessity. The Too Faced Born This Way The Natural Nudes Complexion Inspired Eye Shadow Palette features a combination of mattes and shimmers inspired by the Born This Way Foundation.

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