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If you’ve been thinking about a makeup bag overhaul, your current products aren’t doing it for you or you want to experiment with a new look (especially if you’ve got more time on your hands)—then checking out the finalists in this year’s MECCA Beauty Election is the perfect place to start. Below is a selection of makeup favourites from across a number of categories in the Election. From long-time fan favourites, bestsellers to already loved newcomers, these deserve a spot in your makeup bag.
One of the first steps in your makeup a routine, a strong base sets the foundation (literally) for a look that looks flawless. Whether you go for a glow or prefer more of a matte mood, there’s a formula to customise your look. One of the true foundation veterans is MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15—it’s ideal for all skin types and has an oil-free formula that’s easy to blend and effortlessly blurs pores. It’s buildable and you can get up to 24 hours wear in one application if that’s your vibe.
Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation isn’t only lightweight and longwearing, it’s also categorised a little differently to most when it comes to finding your colour. Each of the 50 shades is broken into mastertones (overall tone on the surface on skin), undertones (the natural hue below the surface of your skin i.e. cool, warm or neutral) and shade intensities (the actual colour of the foundation) so it’s easy to find your perfect match.
For a lightweight feel with a full coverage finish, try Laura Mercier’s Flawless Lumiere Radiance-Perfecting Foundation—the flexible polymers within this one sit weightlessly on the skin with a luminous finish without oxidisation.
After all the hard work getting your look juuust right, you want to make sure it doesn’t melt, budge or dry out while you’re wearing it. There’s prep steps you can try prior to applying your base—or you can spritz a setting spray or sweep on a powder to finish things off and lock it all down.
One of Urban Decay’s most popular products, the All Nighter Setting Spray is a fail-proof (and effortless) way to finish off any makeup look and ensure it lasts. This is a pretty innovative product, as it uses a patented technology that regulates the temperature of your makeup to keep it from smudging or melting in any climate.
If a setting powder is more your thing, then you’ve got to try the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder. It’s probably one of the most finely-milled powders we have an offer, and creates the perfect matte finish over makeup while blurring the appearance of fine lines and imperfections. The reviews speak for themselves. For some prep to help with longevity before your base, a primer is key. The Stila One Step Correct Primer is unlike most; it helps to colour correct while providing a seamless application for your foundation. It can instantly neutralise redness (often associated with breakouts), correct sallow tones and brighten your complexion thanks to its trio of colour-correcting hues.
You can’t go past a good lippy. Matte, glossy, plumping or velvety—there’s colours and textures to match anyone’s lip style. Take NARS’ Lipstick in the universally appealing shade ‘Dolce Vita’: it’s a sheer, moderately warm-toned lipstick with an almost light plum finish. It is constantly a bestseller at MECCA and for good reason—it’s the type of lipstick that can be paired with any look day or night.
If you’re looking to amp up your pout with a little plumping action, give Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Instant & Long Term Lip Plumper a spin. Previously only available in clear shades, this lip-plumping gloss now comes in a selection of neutral shades and upon application increases lip volume while it hydrates. Read more about it here.
For a good everyday gloss, Mecca Max’s Gloss Boss in the shade ‘Cool It’ offers a nice neutral nude hue on the lips with a nourishing, high-gloss finish that’s never sticky.
Pencil, gel, powder of pomade—the choice is yours! The Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz is a super fine tipped pencil with a lightweight wax formula that grips onto hair and skin to create the appearance of fuller-looking brows. The Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil is a unique powder-to-wax pencil that’s formulated with a triangular tip—so you can change the angle of how you fill in the brow depending on where you need to eliminate the most sparseness.
Bobbi Brown’s Perfectly Defined Long Wear Brow Pencil Espresso is waterproof and also uses a mix of wax and emollients to ensure you achieve perfectly filled in brows that can stand up against all the elements (like hot weather, exercise or a passing rain shower).
Did you know, that to get the most out of your mascara you should update it every three or four months? If you’re due for a refresh, then perhaps consider a couple of these bestsellers. Kevyn Aucoin’s The Volume Mascara has a tubing formula to ensure flake-proof, clump-free and smudge-resistant wear all day. You only have to read to the reviews to understand its appeal.
For some serious volume, length and lift there’s Hourglass’ Caution Mascara. It features a double-sided wand with dense bristles on one side to add volume and shorter bristles on the other to separate and coat bottom lashes without smudging. Genius.
Those with sensitive eyes or contact lens wearers should give BareMinerals Lash Domination Volumising Mascara a go—its ophthalmologist tested. It’s also made without parabens, PEG or synthetic fragrance and thickens and lengthens lashes with ease.
Need more help with mascaras? Then read our guide here.
Everything mentioned here are finalists in this year’s MECCA Beauty Election—they’re the products that we’re all repeat buying and beloved by the MECCA community. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite!
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