Backstage with MECCA at MSFW Opening Gala

Last night Melbourne Girl was invited to go backstage with MECCA at Melbourne Fashion Week Opening Gala. With a nod to the structured, bold-lipped beauties of Tamara de Lempicka’s art deco paintings, this powerful and polished look is all about hyperreal luxe skin, lightly diffused eyes and a graphic statement lip in rich burgundy.

Backstage was incredible! Melbourne Town Hall screams old-world glamour and the historical injection was the ideal setting for a runway show which transported us to an other-worldly utopia. The opening runway was the perfect start to the Designer runway series.


Backstage at Melbourne Town Hall

Hair Prep - Backstage with MECCA at MSFW Opening Gala

Hair Director - Backstage with MECCA at MSFW Opening Gala

Hair and Make Up Prep - MSFW

HAIR - Backstage with MECCA at MSFW Opening Gala

Designer 1 Opening Gala - Backstage with MECCA at MSFW

Designer 1 - Opening Gala

Backstage with MECCA at MSFW Opening Gala 2016

Backstage at Fashion Week

Backstage - MECCA at MSFW Opening Gala

2016 - Backstage with MECCA at MSFW Opening Gala

Kevin Murphy

Make Up Brushes



1. Complexion

With your hands, apply NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser to prepped and primed skin, building up coverage in the t-zone as you go. Spot conceal any areas of redness and apply a brightening under-eye concealer. Set only the t-zone with NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder, pressed in with a powder puff to create a velvety finish without taking away the luminosity from the highest points of the face.

2. Lip

Work in a light layer of NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte with a lip brush to create shape and a stained effect. Next, sketch Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Sangria all over the lip, slightly overdrawing the top lip line. Make sure the cupid’s bow is sharp and the outer slope of the top lip slightly rounded.

Apply a mix of NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte and the more aubergine-toned NARS Audacious Lipstick in Liv with a lip brush over the top of the lip liner before cleaning up and highlighting the outer edge of the lips with YSL Touché Éclat – Radiant Touch in No. 2.


3. Contour

Sweep NARS Contour Blush in Palomaunder the cheekbones and onto the temples in circular motions for softness before using a large domed eyeshadow brush to take it through the contour of the eye and underneath the lash line. Blend everything, including the eye, with Hourglass Ambient Powder in Dim Light.


4. Eyes

Using your finger, apply RMS Eye Polish in Lunarto the centre of the eyelid. Leave lashes and brows bare for an ultra-modern finish, brushing brows upwards before setting with Surratt Brow Pomade.


5. Blush and Highlight

Take the NARS Yachiyo Brush to buff NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Jubilation across the apples of the cheeks and into the temples. Follow with a mix of NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Europa and NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Craving right under the eye, on the high point of the cheek and above the below the brow bone. This will catch the light and give the eye area an ethereal effect.



Make up Prep - Backstage with MECCA at MSFW Opening Gala

Opening Gala - Backstage with MECCA

MSFW - Backstage with MECCA at Opening Gala


Model Off Duty

Melbourne Town Hall - Backstage at Spring Fashion Week



MECCA Beauty - Model getting her Lips primped

MECCA Beauty - Eyebrows

MECCA Backstage


Opening Gala - BEAUTY


MSFW Opening Gala featured designers Thurley, Jason Grech, Gwendolynne, Aurelio Costarella, Rachel Gilbert, Carla Zampatti, One Day, CristahLea and Bianca Spender.

A big thanks to MECCA for having us!


See our full recap of the Opening Gala show here.




All photos © Jessie Obialor for Melbourne Girl




Emily Collie is Founder and Editor of well-known Australian travel blog, Melbourne Girl. Emily has written travel articles for Expedia, eHarmony, Amex Shop Small Blogger Series and, and has been featured on many Australian websites including Mimco Mimzine and Bonds Australia Blog, and was invited on behalf of the VRC and Myer, to judge the Myer Fashions on the Field competition on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.


  • September 2, 2016


    Thanks for sharing! I love seeing all the behinds the scenes stuff that goes on. How amazing is Mecca!? I’m also severely lusting over the earrings the hair stylist with the short hair is wearing!

  • September 7, 2016

    Emily Collie

    I agree Natalie – so awesome going behind the scenes!

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