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Six products saving you time in the morning (and they’re bestsellers)

Sometimes, we have all the time in the world. And when that happens, it’s only natural to go all out with layering multiple products, experimenting with textures and colours and generally spending as much time in front of the mirror as possible. Then there’s the odd day, or the hit-snooze-too-many-times morning, an Uber ride, the five minutes between meetings or at your desk before drinks with friends that you have zero time. But that shouldn’t stop you from being able to touch-up, refresh or add a swipe of colour on your lids, cheeks or lips.

These six products are here to make your life—and makeup routine—easier; they also happen to be bestsellers at MECCA and up for nomination in our MECCA Beauty Election. Get to know them below and vote for them here.

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MECCA MAX Zoom Shadow Stick in ‘Copper’

This is called ‘Zoom’ stick for a reason—now even more relevant when we talk about ‘Zoom beauty’ (cheers, COVID), plus the fact it’s super quick to apply. All it takes is a quick scribble on your lids and you can blend out the creamy, pigmented formula using your finger—no brush required! You can layer any of the colours for a statement eye or use them as base for your other eyeshadows for extra dimension and longevity. We can’t get enough of its buildable formula that doesn’t budge, crease or slide off—which makes it a must for anyone with oily lids.

2

Stila Glitter Liquid Eyeshadow ‘Kitten Karma’

Everyone needs a little glitter in their life, regardless of how late they might be running. This lightweight, longwearing liquid eyeshadow is a cinch to apply—just swipe on its glittery, pearlescent particles using the doe foot applicator. Whether you want just a sheer wash of shimmer over your lids or want to really layer on glitter till your eyes are akin to a disco ball—this water-infused shadow glides on and provides you with some serious party lids.

3

NARS Multiple Orgasm

The universally flattering and bestselling blush shade is available in several formulas (which you can read more about here), and by far the quickest to apply is The Multiple. This is a weightless, cream-to-powder formula that creates a sheer all-over colour and dynamic highlights for all skin tones. It can be applied as a blush, a wash of colour across your eyes or pressed into the lips for a stained effect—in other words in ‘multiple ways’ (see what NARS did there?). Not only does it provide your whole face with soft, skin-flattering colour, it’s also enriched with vitamin E and Acai Oil for skin that feels as good as it looks.

4

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in ‘Cocoa’

This water and crease-resistant eyeshadow stick doesn’t hold back on payoff and can be layered under or over eyeshadows you already own. The smooth and creamy texture swipes on and blends out with ease and provides up to 12 hours of wear. This particular shade (‘Cocoa’) is a rich walnut hue with a pearlescent finish—it’s all you need for a neutral smoky eye that you can build and layer to your ideal intensity. Picture using it in a time-poor scenario: perhaps before a night out after work—keep it in your desk draw, scribble the colour onto your eyelids, blend out with your finger and you’re out the door!

5

Kosas 10 Second Eyeshadow In ‘Globe’

Yes, we hear you, 10 seconds is mighty quick! But Kosas are confident that’s all the time it’ll take to create an effortless eye look with their fast-drying, crease-resistant liquid eyeshadow. Each shade is infused with nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil and orange flower water to prevent dryness and brighten skin. ‘Globe’ is the perfect neutral shade that suits every eye colour—no wonder it’s a Beauty Election finalist.

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By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon

It’s the crushed pearls in this multi-dimensional, light-reflecting crayon that really sets it apart from the rest. Try it as a shimmery eyeliner in the lash line or draw it all over the lids for a bolder look. If you’re a smoky eye wearer, this shade ‘Bronze Moon’ should be a staple in your your makeup bag—it provides a pigment-rich base for the other shadows and builds the intensity of a dark eye look in one swipe.

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