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Hey, holiday makeup clichés can be cool (and here’s how)

‘Tis the season of fully-fledged clichés, and while we’re all about shameless indulgence over the holidays, this year we’re stepping it up. It’s time to ditch the ugly sweater, blindingly sparkly dress and over-done red lip, and embark on a seasonal upgrade instead—think holiday with a touch of cool-girl allure. Keep scrolling to discover how we’re giving those merry moments you just can’t miss an unexpected beauty twist.

THE GLITTER EYE

We’re totally guilty of rocking a glistening glitter eye all season long, and can you blame us? It’s fun, instantly festive, and takes any look from pretty to party in an instant. This year, with the launch of products like Kosas’ next-gen 10-Second Liquid Eyeshadow—and our next-level obsession with HBO’s Euphoria—we’re changing it up for something a little less expected. Rather than a fall-out frenzy of loose glitter on the lid, we’re swiping on Kosas’ subtly metallic liquid shadows, (Supreme, 333 and Nitrogen are our current go-to shades) and Stila’s iconic (and very limited edition) The Highest Realm Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set. Then later, we’ll be adding starry details around the eye and brow with stick-on gems from In Your Dreams.

THE RED LIP

A deep berry-toned red is great for those wintery months, but come the festive season here in Australia, we’re turning up the heat. For a sun-soaked edge, swap out a traditional blue-toned red for something with a spicy orange or coral tinge—like MAC’s Lipstick in Marrakesh or the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square. Rather than keeping it traditionally crisp, blur out the edges with your finger for a modern, hazed effect. It’s still holiday, but make it fashion.

THE POST-FEAST NAP

Whether it’s the small-talk with distant cousins—or the six-course meal you’ve just devoured—there’s something about a family meal that casts a spell of irresistible, mid-afternoon sleepiness. Rather than waking up drowsed, disoriented and panda-eyed, turn that nanna-nap into a skincare siesta with a quick slick of our favourite sleeping beauties. Pop some of the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask under the eyes, Shiseido’s Waso Beauty Sleeping Mask all over the face and a spritz of the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray on your Slip pillowcase, and wake up with plump, juicy, crease-free skin that’ll take you right from feast to function.

“NEW YEAR NEW YOU”

We’re calling it: the whole ‘new year new you’ thing is possibly the worst holiday cliché ever—just because the calendar ticks over to a new date, doesn’t mean you have to change in any way (you found your way here for starters, so you must be exceptional at the very least). Rather than changing who you are, we suggest switching up your skincare routine for a fresh and healthy dose of newness in your life. This gives you the chance to check in with your skin, discover new products, and achieve your best glow yet. You could try your hand at the J-beauty phenomenon, start to incorporate gentle acids and exfoliators, or even try masking a couple times a week. Find the right products and it’ll make you feel fresh as a daisy and ready to take on the new year without the need for a personality overhaul.

RECEIVING GIFTS NOBODY (WE REPEAT: NOBODY) ASKED FOR

How is it that someone who knows you, inside and out, can pick the wrong gift—even though you’ve been not-so-subtly hinting at your need for the Too Faced Gingerbread Extra Spicy Palette and Smashbox Cosmic Celebrations Artist Brush Set for like, months? This year, be direct: slide into the DMs of your mum/dad/great aunt with a link to our official holiday gift guide (you can find it here) so we can point them in right direction, and they can shop the best of holiday at MECCA, without leaving the house.

If that’s too much, there’s always a reliable, never-disappointing gift card, which we like to consider the gift of power. This year, physical gift cards over $50 come all wrapped up with a luxurious hand cream—making it a gift card to really remember.

If you’re not the one receiving the terrible gifts, there’s a very high chance you might be the one giving them: so take this time (and advice) to review your actions and proceed accordingly.

THE MOVIE MARATHON

Sure, it’s a cliché, but we kind of love the classic holiday movie marathon. Getting cosy on the couch and lining up Love Actually, the latest Hallmark cringe-fest or even Diehard, if you’re so inclined, is a holiday and chill tradition we’re not willing to give up. This year, level it up with a multi-masking combo, so you can simultaneously enjoy your flicks while prepping your skin for the party (and the after-party) that night. On clean skin, start with a detoxifying mud mask to clear away any build up on the skin (Omorovicza’s Ultramoor Mud Mask or Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque will do the trick), and follow it up with a glow-inducing sheet mask. The options are endless, but for something a little more festive go for the 111SKIN Rose Gold Mask or MZ Skin Hydra-Lift Golden Facial Treatment Mask.

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