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4 Makeup Trends To Recreate This Party Season

January 1 | 1 minute watch


Words by Romy Erdos

Originally published on | October 30

This holiday season, in collaboration with the NGV, MECCA invites you to step into the wonderful world of Yankunytjatjara artist, Kaylene Whiskey.

With endless creativity and a touch of fantasy, Whiskey’s work blends her love for pop culture, movies and music videos with her traditional Anangu roots. Her iconographic pop stars and superheroes turn up in unexpected places, partaking in traditional Anangu activities and bringing magic to the everyday.

Inspired by Whiskey’s effervescence, our Holiday 2023 campaign imagines a place of abundant beauty (and beauty looks!), of boundless joy, luminous gifts (in Kaylene’s artful gift boxes), kungka kunpu (strong women) and most of all, happiness – the kind that radiates, shimmers and brings everyone together, looking so good.

Amethyst Eyes

It’s the beauty trend of 2023 we can’t keep our eyes off. From lilac to violet, purple eyeshadow is having a major moment and, in the words of Taylor Swift, “I just want to stay in that lavender haze.” For Holiday, we chose to honour the hue by way of a graphic liner with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in ‘Vice’ I-021036 offering the vivid shimmering colour and party-proof precision required come holiday season. Bronzy cheeks, courtesy of NARS Bronzer in ‘Laguna’, brings some serious summer glow and Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in ‘Pillow Talk’ on the lips for the perfect pinky-nude no matter what the occasion.

All-Pink Everything

This holiday season, pink is the new red. A flash of hot pink on the lips says I’m here to party (and yes, I also loved the Barbie movie). MECCA MAX Pout Pop in ‘Say Less’ is louder than your karaoke rendition of Mariah Carey, but don’t stop there! Drape MECCA MAX Off-Duty Blush Stick in ‘Pinch’ liberally across cheekbones until you feel brighter than a fresh-picked summer strawberry.

Shimmer And Spice

What’s better than plum pudding? Plum lipstick, of course. NARS Powermatte High Intensity Lip Pencil in ‘Cruella’  brings the Hors d’oevre-proof, long-lasting colour we’re lusting over this holiday season. On the eyes, RMS Eyelights in ‘Blaze’, a long-lasting silvery mauve, brings sophisticated iridescence without feeling cliche, costumey or mistakable for the tinsel.

The Line-Up

The ultimate cool-girl look is glowing skin with a flick of colour. This look arrives late, leaves early and is going to be on every guest list in town. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream is our pick for dewy skin as it creates the perfect hydrated base for makeup. On the lash line, a little flick of MECCA MAX Zoom Liner in ‘Baby Blue’ – but with 12 vibrant shades, we’ll be trying a new hue at every event.

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