Mecca Maxima makeup lessons provide invaluable beauty tips and secrets of the trade! The lessons are tailored to each ‘student’ allowing you to choose exactly what you wish to be taught. Learn about the latest runway beauty styles, how to create a smoky eye, your perfect lipstick colour or even bring your own makeup bag along and find out how to get the most out of your products!

Couturing shares with you some of the best tips and tricks from the makeup artists at Mecca.

Never underestimate the value of primers. 

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Primers are designed to ensure longevity and extra quality to your makeup. Mecca Artists advise using a foundation primer to create the perfect canvas. We recommend a Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer or one of Clinique’s new Super Primer Face Primers (available in October). To get the most out of your primer, choose one that suits your specific skin concerns, such as redness, breakouts, or dryness and apply a small dollop over your face after you moisturise.

Besides a foundation primer, start using an eyeshadow primer! For minimal effort, a tiny swipe has amazing results. The primer makes eyeshadow colours more vibrant, prevents creasing and allows you to build up the colour intensity like never before! Try TooFaced Shadow Insurance from Kit Cosmetics.

Invest in an eyelash curler for show-stopping results

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An eyelash curler may look intimidating, but it can give truly show-stopping results. Use an eyelash curler to prep your lashes before applying mascara and give them an extra lift. Clamp the curler gently onto the base of your lashes and lift slightly upwards for gorgeous curled lashes.

The quality of your makeup is largely dictated by the quality of your brushes 











A good brush can make your makeup absolutely flawless. The essentials to have in your collection include a foundation brush, powder brush, and several eye brushes for perfect application of eyeshadows. We recommend Hourglass Foundation Brush for foundation and the fluffy Mecca Powder Brush for bronzer. For eyes, you need a basic eyeshadow brush, a blending brush and a contour brush. Chantecaille has a great range of eyeshadow brushes that are handmade and use high quality hair.

Get instant beauty sleep by using eye-brightener 

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The ultimate highlighting concealer is the ByTerry Touch Expert Advanced Brush. As the creator of the celebrated YSL Touche Eclat, ByTerry has produced a fierce competitor to the iconic highlighter pen. Use the pen to conceal dark circles under the eyes, wrinkles and imperfections and to brighten darker areas of the face such as on the sides of the nose and on the cupid’s bow.

Gradually build and blend your eyeshadow colours 

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When applying eyeshadow always begin with a neutral base colour most similar to your skin shade. From there, apply the next colours from lightest to darkest blending each new shade in together with a blending brush. When blending in each new colour, dust your brush back into the neutral base colour for extra finesse.
These easy to implement tips and tricks will leave you with a flawless appearance and have everyone wondering where you had your makeup done!

For more information contact your nearest Mecca Maxima or Mecca’s website at 

About The Author

A Melbourne city girl through and through, Olivia is a Communications student at RMIT. After dreaming of crossing international waters her entire life, she has spent the last six months studying in Leeds, England. As cliched as it is, she believes travel really is the only thing that makes you richer and intends to spend the rest of her life exploring and discovering the world. A lover of the arts, good food and quality wine she realises the importance of being an enthusiast in life. Because honestly, lukewarm is no good for anything. Twitter: @oliviawindsor Blog:

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