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Quiz: How do you beauty? Our guide to finding your Beauty ID

This month at MECCA we want to know: how do you beauty? How you express yourself, choose your colour palette or apply the products in your makeup bag might not always be front of mind; in fact, sometimes the process of interacting with makeup can feel a little same-same, especially if post-lockdown (or even current lockdown) has you feeling a little out of whack. We think it’s time to reconnect with the beauty that makes you look and feel your best.

It’s about how you beauty, and we’re here to help guide you on that journey. And if you don’t know the answer, you can find your beauty ID here at MECCA.

Throughout the entire month we’ll be reconnecting with not only the beauty products that make you feel great, but also the fragrance, skincare, body and hair care picks as well – so keep an eye out!

Up first though, we’re talking all things colour, complexion and makeup in general; helping you rekindle your own Beauty ID in just five easy questions. Remember, there’s no right or wrong!

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Question 1: You’ve got an event to plan for; it could be attending a wedding, a birthday party or just a night out with friends—the look you’re thinking of creating for the occasion is:

A. Definitely inspired by Euphoria; you’re not afraid to go bold or take risks when it comes to bright, eye-catching shades and big graphic shapes. “Neutral” is not a word in your vocabulary.

B. Something that looks like it’s just walked off the runway whether it’s Bottega Veneta’s resort collection show or Christopher John Rogers – you love to be ahead of the curve. You’re all about the latest trends and how you can make them work in your favour (and for your face shape) for a modern look every time.

C. You want to save time in the bathroom before you head out and tend to gravitate towards multi-purpose products. Makeup is a way to make you look more like you.

D. Probably a red lip and a flick of black eyeliner on the eyes—you choose products that have stood the test of time (and always find their way back into your makeup bag). Classic glamour is your signature.

Question 2: How would you describe your overall style?

A. Big, bold and show-stopping. If you’re going to go to the effort of leaving the house, you want to feel confident and comfortable in your own skin. You opt for bright everything and pieces that you know will turn heads—the same goes for your makeup.

B. Cutting-edge: you are interested in what’s happening with trends. You want to know the latest global launches on the runway and which brands are releasing new beauty before anyone else. You frequent @trendmood1 to find out about new beauty launches or @idea.ltd to get inspired.

C. Pretty pared back. You opt for simple pieces, neutral colour palettes in your wardrobe and a makeup collection to match. You approach your style with longevity and sustainability in mind.

D. You have a classic style and a few staples on high rotation. You believe in the power of a little black dress, the perfect pair of jeans and a white t-shirt. Similarly, your makeup bag is filled with chic staples that never let you down.

Question 3: The brands that always find their way into your MECCA wish list include:

A. Anything that fuels your bright, bold colour addiction! We’re talking Morphe, M.A.C and a generous serve of MECCA MAX.

B. The trendsetters. You want a piece of any brand who’s thinking a step ahead of the game, with innovative textures, hardworking formulas and vibrant shades that push boundaries. Think: Kosas, Urban Decay or Smashbox.

C. The ones who are creating easy-to-use formulations, time-saving products and the ultimate no-makeup makeup essentials—from ILIA to Mecca Cosmetica and Juice Beauty.

D. The brands who not only provide you with a flawless finish every time, but also offer a range of investment products and shades.

Questions 4. How would you describe your go-to makeup look day to day?

A. Depending on your mood, it could be anything from a graphic glitter wing to a deep plum lip or layering a few pairs of falsies. Every day is an opportunity to reinvent itself.

B. You’re into an editorial-inspired gloss eye, vinyl lips and ‘barely there’ skin. You prefer to focus on one feature and really let the latest makeup trends guide your style.

C. You tend to gravitate more towards cream formulas, preferring the ‘no-makeup makeup’ look most days. A touch of blush pressed into your cheeks and a wash of colour on the lids suits you just fine. You also live for a sheer base: a tinted moisturiser is your best friend.

D. You enjoy a flawless, fuller coverage finish with a filter-like finish from your chosen products. A soft, neutral smoky eye paired with a nude lip and some subtle contouring is your makeup uniform most days.

Question 5. The top three products in your makeup bag could include the following:

A. A richly pigmented, bold lipstick from M.A.C, a pair (or three) of false lashes or every palette Morphe has ever released.

B. Anything that Kosas is creating you’re a fan of. You’re also can’t go past a primer from Smashbox or the latest launch from MECCA MAX.

C. Any product that’s natural in appearance and in its ingredient list catches your eye. You love ILIA, RMS and the fuss-free finish of a Mecca Cosmetica tinted moisturiser.

D. A classic red lipstick, a black liquid eyeliner and a good brow pencil are all you need in life.

THE VERDICT


Mostly As:
The experimentalist

You’re passionate, creative and not afraid to take risks when it comes to your beauty style - makeup is a way for you to transform. Your focus on creativity and artistry is laser sharp and you prefer to make a statement with every look you create, no matter the occasion. You also constantly challenge yourself to learn new ways of applying products and are happiest watching beauty tutorials and giving something a go. You’re big on colour and love to let loose with a bold eye or statement lip. Glitter is pretty much a non-negotiable on a night out and your eyeshadow collection necessitates its own cupboard in your home.

Our product picks for the experimentalist:
Morphe x James Charles Palette
M.A.C Lipstick in ‘Ruby Woo’
Mecca Cosmetica Hypnotise False Lashes
By Terry Mascara Terrybly

Mostly Bs: The beauty aficionado

Your friends and family come to you for the latest beauty news; you’re across what’s happening around the world whether it be runways or the latest indie brand to try. You’ve got your finger on the pulse and it shows in your on-trend makeup looks. From high-shine lips to laminated brows or creating dolphin skin—you put you r hand (and makeup brush) to all of it and are willing to spend your savings on the latest beauty launch to achieve it.

Our product picks for the beauty aficionado:
Kosas Revealer Super Creamy + Brightening Concealer
Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara Black
MECCA MAX Single Shadow
Smashbox Photo Finish Vitamin Glow Primer

Mostly Cs: The effortlessly natural

Most days you’re happy to pop on a touch of blush and a quick slick of brow gel; you might even think about a tinted moisturiser and a few layers of mascara if you’re heading out for a special occasion. For you, it’s about letting your skin really shine—you opt for lightweight formulas that feel like wearing nothing at all but still provide you with a hint of colour where you need it the most. You tend to choose more creamy formulas and you can’t go past a quick-to-apply eyeshadow or blush stick. You want to save time, but still look refreshed, awake and ready to take on the day.

Our product picks for the effortlessly natural:
Mecca Cosmetica Weekend Skin Hydra Skin Tint
MECCA MAX Off Duty Blush Stick
Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Brow Envy Gel
ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara

Mostly Ds: The timeless beauty

You were the first in your friendship group to perfect the winged liner look and you don’t veer far from the classic red lipstick you’ve worn to most events for as long as you can remember. Your makeup bag is full of high quality products that always provide a flawless, camera-ready finish. You’re not afraid to get a little spendy when it comes to finding the perfect product for your routine. A strong foundation is important to you and you don’t mind building up the coverage you need, or turning up the wattage on your highlighter to create a look that’s memorable and timeless.

Our product picks for the timeless beauty:
Hourglass Ambient® Lighting Blush
NARS Lipstick in ‘Inappropriate Red’
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Foundation SPF30
Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Lit From Within Powder


Searching for your beauty ID? Book a makeup service with a MECCA makeup specialist to find yours. Find out more.

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