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4 easy (and mask-appropriate) eye looks to inspire you after months of no-makeup makeup

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 peels.

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.

THE ONE COLOUR WASH

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.

SOFT AND SMOKY

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 try.

Get the look here.

CASUALLY GROOMED

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.

EASY-PEASY GLITTER

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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