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For Best Results: What to Ask Your Makeup Artist

January 1 | 3 minute read

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Words by Samantha Brigden

Originally published on | November 19

The secret behind your favourite celebrity's flawless makeup? It's not just their 12-step skincare routine or that one infamous foundation – it also comes down to the trained makeup artist applying it. Lucky for you, a MECCA Makeup Service lets you experience the A-list treatment yourself!

To find out how to ensure you'll leave your appointment with the look of your dreams, we asked MECCA Beauty Board member and makeup artist Mason Whitton to share his insider tips on preparing for your appointment.

First, skincare – while Mason mentions that your makeup artist will always start with moisturiser, he recommends “making sure you're delivering maximum hydration to your skin in the days before, then coming in with clean, moisturised skin on the day.”

But the most important prep step, according to Mason? “Have your inspiration photos ready beforehand. This guarantees you'll get the best outcome possible, leaving you feeling beautiful on the inside and out.”

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Sofia Richie Grainge (credit @patidubroff)

The brief: me but better

Are you a fan of the 'clean aesthetic'? Did you fall in love the instant you saw Sofia Richie Grainge's wedding makeup?

Ask for: "A light-coverage satin base with a soft glow on the cheek, and only a touch of blush and bronze. For the brows, get them lightly brushed up, followed by a soft wash of natural colour over the eyelid and a nude lip gloss."
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Hailey Bieber (credit @haileybieber)

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The brief: glowy, bronzed and glam

One step up from barely there, this look delivers subtle definition and natural-looking luminosity – think Hailey Bieber's famous 'latte makeup'.

Ask for: "A glowy base with light to medium coverage and defined, bronzed cheeks. Then, a soft wash of shimmer or glitter over the eyes with a defined outer corner, topped off with a nude, satin-finish lip."
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Kylie Jenner (credit @kyliejenner)

The brief: the full glam

If you're obsessed with the entire Kardashian-Jenner clan, you might be familiar with their particular brand of soft, sultry glam.

Ask for: "A more full-coverage base with contouring on your cheeks and nose. For the eyes, focus on brown-toned shadows and a smoky winged liner, finished with nude lip liner (darker than your natural lips) and gloss."
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Emma Chamberlain (credit @emmachamberlain)

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The brief: colourful (but chic) eyes

In 2023, colourful eyeshadow made a comeback. Our tip: don't be scared to go all out and match your makeup to your outfit – à la Emma Chamberlain at the 2023 MET Gala.

Ask for: "A light-coverage, glowy base with minimal blush and fluffy brows. The star of the show is a gradient of bright colour all over the eye, winged out on the outer corner. Top it off with mascara and liner, then a soft nude lip balm or sheer lipstick."



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Zendaya (credit @zendaya)

The brief: a show-stopping lip

On the runway, and in the street, red is having a moment. Embrace the trend by finishing off your makeup with a bold red lip. Even better? Follow Zendaya's lead and go for a full monochromatic look!

Ask for: "A natural-finish base, with light bronzing and blush. For eyes, ask for some definition around the lash line, followed by a long-wearing red lipstick to suit your skin tone and outfit." 

Haven't booked in your makeup artist yet? Head here to find a redeemable appointment at your nearest MECCA! 

Or if you want to recreate these looks yourself, explore our edit of the best makeup gifts

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