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As wearing a protective mask becomes the new—and in Victoria, enforced—normal, it’s only natural that our beauty focuses are moving away from bright or glossy lips, and towards smouldering eye looks. Change can be hard—we get it—so to inspire you to slip on a mask (and tackle those abandoned colours in your favourite palettes) our store and HQ teams have banded together to create a collection of eye looks to sport next time you leave the house.
The addition of a mask gives any eye look a sense of mystery that we just can’t seem to get enough of… That and the confidence in knowing you’re far more protected from airborne germs. Keep scrolling for 12 mask-ready looks, created by our incredibly talented store and HQ staff, plus some tips from MECCA Colour and Artistry Education Manager, Jen Horsley.
“I go for a vibrant red smoky eye so I can feel confident and be expressive with makeup, even with my mask on!”
Products used:Morphe Jaclyn Hill Palette Volume II Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye LinerMecca Cosmetica Eyes Wide Open False Lashes – Individual
“I only own plain white medical masks so I wanted to do something fun and colourful on the eyes. I was already wearing a pink sweatshirt and scrunchie so I thought I’d lean into the full Legally Blonde vibe.”
Products used:Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow PaletteJouer Powder Highlighter in “Ice”Mecca Max Wink Ink Super MascaraHourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in “Dark Brunette”MECCA MAX Brow Guru Clear Control Gel
“I was inspired by the tones that I currently surround myself to get through the chilly winter months. When I get home, I light a candle (Leather by Malin+Goetz), pour a glass of red wine, and melt into the couch.”
Products used:Stila Smudge Stick in "Spice"NARS Single Eyeshadows in "Sultan", "Fez", and "China Blue"Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash MascaraSurratt Beauty Expressioniste Brow Pomade Clear
“I love a very wearable, soft pop of colour, perfect for a daytime or evening look.”
Products used:NARS High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner in “Grafton Street”Morphe x James Charles PaletteNARS Powerchrome Loose Eye P igment in “Shock ‘Em”Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting PencilBy Terry Mascara Terrybly
“I spotted my bottle of Floral Street’s Electric Rhubarb on my dresser and I knew I wanted to do something bright and fun! I especially love using oranges and pinks because of how they pop against my skin tone. I’m such a fan of a winged-out shadow and this look makes me feel fierce!”
Karita is blessed with incredible brows (enhanced by Hourglass and MECCA MAX favourites), and our in-house makeup wizard, Horsley, thinks now is the time to make the most of yours: “while some of us don’t have access to our brow gurus, experiment with a fluffy textured brow! Embrace brow gels to add texture and define each hair—brows really frame the face and are a great way to look groomed whist having half the face covered.”
Products used:Morphe 35O3 Fierce By Nature Artistry PaletteKevyn Aucoin The Curling MascaraHourglass Arch Brow Micro Sculpting Pencil in “Warm Brunette”MECCA MAX Brow Guru Clear Control Gel
“This look was inspired by one of my favourite makeup artists, @beautybybreanah. I love it because it’s super bright and really makes my eyes stand out! These colours radiate joy and positivity, which I think is what is needed under the circumstances we are in right now.”
Products used:Morphe x James Charles PaletteUrban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in “Midnight Cowboy”Jouer Powder Highlighter in “Citrine”Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
Susan goes for a soft, smoky look, with emphasis on perfectly defined brows and fluttery lashes. This complements her chic pink tie-dye mask, rather than clashing with it.
Products used:Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil in “Brunette”Chantecaille Shine Eye Shade Refill in “Carnalian”NARS High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner in “Broadway”Chantecaille Mascara Faux Cils
“This look is inspired by the recent trend of a pop of colour on the eyes. The MECCA MAX Zoom Sticks don’t move all day and I’m obsessed with this bright teal colour. I love how versatile this look can be and how quick and easy it is to do!”
Products used:MECCA MAX Zoom Shadow Stick in “Teal”By Terry Crayon Khol Terrybly Eye Pencil in “Black Print”Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Lit From Within PowderHourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in “Radiant Bronze Light”Billion Dollar Brows Colour & Control: Tinted Brow Gel in “Taupe”Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
“I created this sunset eye because a sunset reminds me that beauty can easily present itself during darker times. The silver lining for myself during this trying time has been the change of life’s pace, giving me the opportunity to create artwork and play with colour to build my makeup portfolio!”
Products used:Morphe x James Charles PaletteClinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining PenHourglass Arch Brow Micro Pencil in “Ash”Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in “Blonde”
“For this look, I wanted to walk the line between colourful and sultry. There’s something so alluring about only seeing someone’s eyes; an element of mystery. The Naked Ultraviolet Palette by Urban Decay was perfect for this, with a mix of deep smoky shades and enchanting purple shimmers.”
“Lilac is great on all eye colours,” recommends Horsley, “and we have some amazing Single Shadows from MECCA MAX, as well as the Naked Ultraviolet Palette by Urban Decay.” “You can use a deeper shade closer to the lash line like a liner or do a beautiful soft wash of colour diffused into the crease to add interest to the eye without having a lip to anchor the look.”
Products used:M·A·C Cosmetics Eye Brow Styler in “Spiked”MECCA MAX Brow Guru Clear Control GelM·A·C Cosmetics Pro Longwear Concealer in “NC35”Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet PaletteStila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in “Stingray”MECCA MAX Wink Ink Super Mascara
Meggie’s double-wing is the beauty inspiration we all need right now: with a flick at the lash line and the crease, it’s equally graphic as it is subtle, accentuating the lines of her neoprene mask.
With greater emphasis on the eyes, Horsley says now is a great time to play with eyeliner. “It gives the eye definition and you can take this time to experiment with a baby wing, a feline flick, a smudged out smoky look or a bold graphic liner.”
Products used:Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes in “Taupe”Too Faced Born This Way Eye Shadow PaletteM·A·C Cosmetics Brushstroke LinerSurratt Beauty Expressioniste Brow Pomade Clear
“Today I went for an olive eye to match the undertone of my skin, and as olive tones compliment my brown eyes. I use the Zoom Stick as a base to give the shimmer in the James Charles Palette more intensity and ensures it stays on all day.”
Products used:MECCA MAX Zoom Shadow Stick in “Olive”Morphe x James Charles PaletteHourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in “Radiant Bronze Light”Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in “Dark Brunette”Ciaté London Wonderwand Intensely Volumising Mascara
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