Beauty junkies are perhaps the most difficult to give gifts to during Christmas, especially if you’re the type who thinks MAC’s Ruby Woo and Russian Red are the same shade (you’ve listened to the long explanation why they’re different, but you still don’t get it).
Let us take the guesswork out of your beauty product gift shopping and just take this guide when you hit the shops.
For the lipstick obsessed:
NARS x Sarah Moon Gifting 2016 Collection is another collaboration with a well-known photographer, Sarah Moon. Her ethereal shots are captured in the makeup’s dreamy shades and airy textures. Our favorites from the collection:
The Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Coffret, six shades of NARS’ latest Velvet Lip Glide, a creamy, full-coverage lip color with the feel of a lip balm.
Stila Stay All Day, Sparkle All Night holiday kit
Way before liquid matte lipsticks became all the rage, Stila already had one of the best long-lasting, liquid lip colors, called Stay All Day liquid lipstick. This kit contains mini tubes of nudes, neutrals, and vampy reds (this kit is worth buying alone for Patina, a perfect, sexy neutral rose shade). You need only a pin drop’s worth of product to achieve a full-coverage stain.
Benefit Kissy Missy is for the girl addicted to lip and cheek tints.
Diorific Matte Fluid
This dual-use fluid for lips and cheeks goes on matte and comes in the prettiest vial.
Make Up For Ever Arty Collection
For the lipstick junkie always on the hunt for the perfect formula, Make Up For Ever’s artistic lip ink may be it.
Clinique’s candy-inspired holiday packaging is the cutest one yet. They’re perfect to give out as sets or to disassemble and give individually to friends.
For the palette obsessed:
Recurring Dare Lip & Cheek Palette, four blush shades and a velvet matte lip pencil make this a handy travel companion
Laura Mercier Going Glam Palette, a super-complete mini-makeup palette that lets you create a complete FOTD, thanks to four eyeshadows, two blush shades, and a lip glace
Laura Mercier Masterclass Palette, the ultimate starter kit for someone who’s always wanted to learn how to put on makeup.
Chanel Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette
The combination of deep blues and grays make this palette one of the best ones to achieve the enduring smoky eye.
Bobbi Brown’s makeup palettes are the ideal gift for those looking to start using makeup more—its shades are coordinated for everyday foolproof glam.
For the celebrity obsessed:
MAC x Mariah Carey collection
The diva’s collection with MAC features nude lip colors and lots of sparkly glamour for the face and eyes.
For the eyeliner obsessed:
Le Clerc Bold Black Eyeliner looks like an angled whiteboard marker for your eyes. It lets you create thin or thick lines, perfect for someone looking to achieve the winged eyeliner look fast.
For the kit obsessed:
Benefit’s holiday kits are always a no-brainer buy. They come in cute packaging and they put together kits that make your recipient look fresh and polished in no time.
Benefit Dolly Darling gives you a healthy, summer glow, on fleek brows, and lush lashes.
Benefit Girls Gone Wow is for the low-key girl who just wants to look polished with minimum fuss.
For the Korean beauty addict:
Tony Moly Panda Dream Collection
This collection is perfect for the beauty addict who loves all things “kawaii”.
The Face Shop Perfume Seed Travel Set
The Face Shop’s perfume seed bath line is one of the most fragrant ones we’ve encountered.
Etude House My Sweet Nutcracker perfume set
These mini roll-on fragrances smell sweet and fit inside your smallest purse.
For the skincare obsessed:
The Body Shop
The Body Shop’s jungle-inspired body butters are keepers.
For the scent obsessed:
Give the gift of personalized fragrance by buying a pair of the mini bottles to help them create a layered, signature scent.