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The annual MECCA Beauty Election is back – a celebration of the very best in beauty, as voted by you. This is your chance to be part of MECCA’s beauty history and name your most loved, most coveted and most wanted in skincare, makeup, fragrance and more. Explore boundary-breaking beauty below with our top picks from this year’s freshman class of first-time nominees. Don’t forget to vote for all your 2022 beauty favourites here!
This truly ‘magical’ cream acts as a skincare fast pass, taking you to your final destination – hydrated, juicy, nourished, glowing skin – in one single step. A cult-favourite formula – made velvety smooth with a mix of potent oils, plumping peptides, brightening antioxidants and hyaluronic acid – this rich, butter-like moisturiser is designed with makeup in mind, acting as the perfect primer for foundations high and low coverage alike. In short, Charlotte’s Magic Cream is the ultimate un-locker of celebrity skin and we think it might just be in for a win!
Don’t underestimate this Instagram flat-lay favourite: the honey-infused finalist is a finishing oil, pre-styler, hair mask, overnight treatment, flyaway whisperer and all-round haircare MVP. Enriched with honey from founder Negin Mirsalehi’s very own family bee garden, this golden elixir is formulated to rebuild and repair hair to the core. Sweet honey is a natural humectant, which, when applied to the hair, helps to maintain its natural moisture balance. The result? Strong, glossy, run-your-fingers-through-it hair.
READ MORE: MECCA MEETS… NEGIN MIRSALEHI FROM GISOU.
If stress, masks, over-exfoliation or general sensitivity has led you astray from your skin goals, take it as a sign to pivot to a more calming skincare approach. As we learnt from Cultured founder Rob Calcraft on the MECCA Talks podcast, it’s about supplying your skin barrier with the tools to thrive – those tools being bio-ferments and pre and postbiotics, which help firm, strengthen and calm the skin. This hydrating serum is a true all-rounder, and a top pick to keep skin concerns at bay, every day.
READ MORE: MECCA MEETS… ROB CALCRAFT, FOUNDER OF CULTURED
Everything Byredo touches exudes Scandi cool, and the classic rose is no exception. In this rebellious, teen-spirit-soaked scent (an ode to Gen Z, if you will) Byredo take a step away from the traditional soapiness of rose, and towards damascena’s fresher, more youthful notes. This is then cocktailed with fiery Sichuan pepper to create a twisted classic. We like to think of it as Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia album in a bottle (and if that’s anything to go by, it just might nab this year’s top fragrance spot!).
For those too busy – or lazy – to practice an exfoliation and moisturisation body ritual, this AHA-spiked body cream might just become their new best friend (if it isn’t already). Formulated to leave you feeling firm, hydrated and glowing from top to toe, this daily moisturiser gently exfoliates and evens skin tone with acids derived from mango and banana (yum!). It also features vitamin C ester to leave you radiant in an instant and nourishes your skin with fatty acids found in Cupuaçu butter. If you experience in-grown hair, body acne or keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), this cream will rock your world.
False lashes have long been a tricky feat for the fair-haired, short-lashed and almond-eyed; until Jenna Lyons launched LoveSeen at MECCA last year, the options were few and far between. That’s why we think LoveSeen’s Iris lash is an underdog worth betting on in this year’s MECCA Beauty Election; with a near-invisible band, a minimal fan of brown lashes and eye-opening curl, Iris offers an easy, wearable, super discreet lash for those who just want a little ‘something-something’ to open up their face. Consider it a lash lift without the appointment, the time commitment, the damage or the hefty fee!
READ MORE: MECCA MEETS… JENNA LYONS FROM LOVESEEN.
Seen your beauty favourite in this list? Make sure it gets to the top of the MECCA Beauty Election 2022 – voting is now open!
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