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Pair a solid six months of bed-to-desk no-makeup makeup with a mandate to cover half our faces (one that has been embraced in true
MECCA style), and a hunger arises to A; rekindle your love with the palettes, shadows and
lashes you neglected, and B; get a taste of the new beauty you might’ve overlooked for masks and
We’re here to feed that hunger and leave you satisfactorily inspired with four easy looks to get you back
in the eye game, featuring some highly anticipated new arrivals. No matter your age, skill level or
interests, there’s at least one look for you.
It’s the look with the least required effort, and, in our humble opinion, the most impactful outcome.
Applying one colour across the lid and into the crease instantly brings attention to your eyes, making
them pop against your skin tone and distract from a mask as you smize to strangers in the supermarket. Our
love affair with soft pastels and muted brights resumes, seeing us reach for Rituel de Fille’s Ash and Ember Eye Soots; creamy,
opaque shadow pigments that last all day long. For brown eyes we love the shade ‘Amina’ (a shimmery dusty mauve),
and for blue, the shade ‘Love
Spell’ (a warm, shimmery, metallic copper) is a must. If powders and palettes are more your thing,
Stila’s new Road Less Traveled Eye
Shadow Palette features eight buttery mattes and metallics, with greens, golds, purples and earthy
reds to ensure a bit of variation and spice in this ultimately simple look.
Get the look here. If you’re into purples and pastels, try this look by Yen Hoang, or this one
featuring MECCA MAX.
It’s the look that flatters
literally everyone, adds a hint of mystery and a whole lot of put-togetherness. If you’re missing
the glam of a big night out; this is for you.
When combining shades and textures, we like to start with a primer for the best possible
outcome—enter Urban Decay’s basically life-proof Primer Potion. If you’re after a
base with a little more coverage and colour, Too Faced’s new Melted Chocolate Liquid Matte Eye
Shadows come in eight richly pigmented, skin-centric shades—they’re especially good if you
experience darkness, discolouration or visible veins on your lids.
Adding depth to your crease, lash and waterlines with neutral shadows will instantly enhance the eye, so
reach for your favourite palette of neutrals—our top picks include Too Faced’s Born This Way Eye Shadow Palette
and Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Eyeshadow
Palette. A halo-effect shimmer in the centre of your lid will brighten, while a natural-looking set
of false lashes will add a fluttery finish. If you’re new to lashes, a few Mecca Cosmetica individuals on
the outer corners of your eye will do wonders to create a soft and full winged effect. If you’re ready for
drama, however, Too Faced’s new Better Than Sex Faux Mink Falsie Lashes are virtually weightless and the ones to
Get the look here.
While an extension of no-makeup makeup, the detail of brushed brows and full, dark lashes will
immediately lift and awaken your entire face. If you’ve gone the past six months without any makeup,
consider this your very simple starting point.
For brows that stay put—and serve the laminated look—brush your hairs up with the MECCA MAX
Brow Guru Clear Control Gel. The
gel will separate and define each hair, making your brows look full, defined, and intentional, even if
your last waxing appointment was pre-isolation.
As for your lashes—Hourglass’ new Unlocked Mascara is the at-home solution to fuss-free lash extensions (and it
couldn’t have landed at a better time). Tiny microfibres attach to the ends of your lashes with each
stroke, delivering on long, defined lashes that never smudge or flake, but rather slide away effortlessly
thanks to a tubing formula.
Who needs a party to slip on some glitter? Not us.
Thanks to Stila’s
unparalleled liquid shadows, glitter eyeshadow graduated from the messy, stress-inducing look it once was,
to the ultra-wearable, even casual look it often is today. A gilded lid will cause you to double
take every time you walk past a reflective surface, and make the day of anyone that crosses your path. A
new development to their liquid shadows, Stila’s new Double Dip Liquid Eye Shadows deliver on a magnetised duo of a cult-favourite Glitter & Glow shadow, paired
with a complementary Suede Shade
shadow. Our favourite, most wearable shade is ‘Smitten Kitten ’. Blend the deep, fleshy beige suede over your lid as a tinted base,
and glaze over the top with the high-shine glitter. It’s a fool-proof look that goes perfectly with a
slick of your favourite mascara.
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