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MECCA must-haves: the 10 beauty products at MECCA that have reached icon status

MUST-HAVE // NOUN. // AN ESSENTIAL OR HIGHLY DESIRABLE ITEM.

We have thousands of beauty products to choose from: thousands. But when a product is that good, it stands out from the rest—and we find ourselves repurchasing it constantly (and missing it when we don’t). Whether it’s from a beauty obsessive or a total novice, every single day we’re asked which products are a must-have—according to our staff, our customers, and the broader beauty world—so it’s only right that we fill you in on the best-in-show beauty we just can’t seem to live without. Read on to discover our MECCA must-haves.

MASCARA: TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA

The moment this now-iconic product hit the market, our expectations of mascara changed forever. Long, thick, uplifted lashes were no longer a result of multiple mascaras and a lash curler (I, for one, am terrified of them), but rather a slick or two of this bold, world-favourite formula. With an hourglass-shaped brush that would make Marilyn jealous—Kimmy K, even—you can trust that this game-changer will deliver on the drama, day in and day out.

And for those asking? The name is accurate.

POWDER: HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING POWDER IN DIM LIGHT

When carrying around a dimly lit candle for optimal skin-enlightening becomes too much, this powder delivers. Breaking the rules of the matte, cakey powders of beauty’s past, Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powders look like almost nothing on the skin, and makes whatever lighting situation you’re in—whether it’s daylight, unforgiving tungsten or a flickering fluorescent—work for you and your god given angles. Unbelievably fine and universally flattering, dust Dim Light onto the skin to set your makeup without killing the glow (and for effortless candescence, of course). It’ll also take you from a seven to a 10 in every single selfie.

FRAGRANCE: MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN BACCARAT ROUGE 540 EDP

Steph Claire Smith wore this fragrance on her wedding day, and Bec Judd lives for the compliments she gets when she wears it. Why all the rage? This luxe fragrance delivers on cotton-candy yet woody sweetness, without cliched notes of sugary vanilla. Top notes of jasmine and saffron meet middles of amberwood and ambergris—finishing off with cedar and fir resin—resulting in a feminine-leaning scent, inspired by transformative, heat-reactive French ruby crystal chandeliers. This is the scent to wear if you’re in the mood for a showering of compliments (so, every day).

BODY: SOL DE JANEIRO BRAZILIAN BUM BUM CREAM

The cult favourite cream that’s basically a Brazilian beach holiday in a tub, this richly hydrating body cream is a MECCA icon, with its signature intoxicating vanilla-pistachio scent (if you know, you know). Loaded with caffeine and antioxidants, this skin-loving saviour will nourish, firm and impart a natural glow to the skin, while transporting you to a tropical island. It’s a favourite amongst the self-tan prolongers, too.

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HAIR: BUMBLE AND BUMBLE HAIRDRESSER'S INVISIBLE OIL PRIMER

For the one-product (and one product only) amateur, literally-the-most-basic-ever, at-home hairstylists, this protective, hydrating primer ticks all the boxes. It’s rich with lightweight oils that will not make your hair greasy, but instead works to defrizz, detangle, soften and smooth from your lengths, while providing heat and UV protection. It’s cruelty free, and free from parabens, phthalates, mineral oils, and formaldehyde (check, check, check!), and is our tried and tested go-to for all hair types.

LIPS: M·A·C COSMETICS VELVET TEDDY LIPSTICK

Before developing her own line of lip products, Kylie Jenner was obsessed (we repeat: obsessed) with M·A·C’s Velvet Teddy, with the rest of the world following suit. It’s the shade she used to sculpt, fill and overline her lips—even before it became her ‘thing’. This cult favourite shade makes a great nude for medium to deep skin tones (without looking like foundation lips), and an excellently deep, more impactful nude for lighter. It’s matte without being drying, thanks to the addition of vitamin E, and we’re forever obsessed.

HIGHLIGHTER: MECCA COSMETICA ENLIGHTENED LIT FROM WITHIN POWDER

Truth be told, this buttery champagne shimmer was originally intended to be an eyeshadow—but we loved it so much as a highlighter, we decided to supersize it… and the rest is history. There’s a reason MECCA artists reach for this game-changing highlighter almost every time you come to get your makeup done: it’s finely milled and so insanely buttery, suits literally everyone, and makes you look like you’re glowing from the inside, out. It defies the radiance odds and looks so good in selfies that we’re sure it’s the highlighter Lizzo wears when she sings about ‘fresh photos with the bomb lighting’.

MASK: MARIO BADESCU ROSE HIPS MASK and TATCHA VIOLET-C RADIANCE MASK

When it comes to our must-have mask, we love something rich and creamy that’ll revive dull, dehydrated skin and turn it into juicy, glowy goodness in 15 to 20 minutes max. Naturally, we reach for Mario Badescu’s Rose Hips Mask—a calming, refining treatment that encourages brighter, softer skin—or Tatcha’s Violet-C Radiance Mask, which delivers on all of the above, plus the added benefit of gentle AHA exfoliation for a bigger, brighter glow and improved skin tone and texture. Use them on a self-care Sunday for skin ready to take on the week, or before a big event to ensure maximum glow.

OIL: KIEHL'S MIDNIGHT RECOVERY CONCENTRATE

This overnight oil lives up to its legacy, and some. Without feeling greasy or causing shine, this high potency concentrate works with your natural restorative period to hydrate, brighten and smooth skin while you sleep. It features balancing (and anti-inflammatory) plant-derived squalane, paired with lavender and evening primrose oils, giving this potion such a calming aroma that we’re certain the scent alone helps us fall into the deepest, most restorative sleep ever. It’s true apothecary magic in an iconic blue bottle, and we don’t want to imagine a PM skincare routine without it.

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