Life’s little luxuries are more important than ever this Christmas, as our typical holiday routines are reshaped by new realities keeping Hongkongers at home over the break.
Makeup’s ability to uplift the spirits even in the most dire circumstances make it the ideal gift for any stylish friend (or indeed, yourself) this season. Experiment with them at home to boost your mood for a necessary bit of self-care; jazz up your next Zoom call with a new pop of colour; or like most of us, hoard those limited edition sets as must-have additions to your collection.
Whether you’re looking for a gift for your friends, or just want to treat yourself, scroll through for the ultimate holiday gift guide for those who love makeup.
(Header and featured image courtesy of Hermès)
Dior Beauty’s holiday lip set returns with a decidedly fairytale bent, featuring fantastical gilded snowflakes — matching with the chic, rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic of the leather case. The classic Rouge Dior lip formula is transformed into a refillable format, with six highly wearable, radiant colours. They’re each stamped with a snowy motif, with Dior’s legendary 999 shade being offered in both satin and matte finishes. Cased into a reusable gold-embossed couture clutch, this covetable set is perfect for the sustainably minded Dior addict.
HK$1,300 from Dior Beauty eShop
You might need to be masked up this holiday season, but The Veil Gift Set from Hourglass Cosmetics works hard to make sure your makeup won’t smudge underneath. This translucent powder and setting spray combo features Hourglass Cosmetics’ best-selling formulas, touted for their weightless feel yet infallible staying power, locking down your base makeup while helping to blur imperfections. Both products can be used over any foundation of your liking. A thoughtful gift for friends who hate to go without makeup — but let’s be honest, you’ll probably stock one for your very own shelf too.
HK$855 from Hourglass Cosmetics
The joy of Hermes’ iconic orange box is thrilling to receive any holiday, but this year it’s made even better with the incredible limited-edition Rouge Hermes Lipstick Piano Set. The ultimate collector’s item for any lipstick lover, this set contains all 24 shades of Hermes’ beautiful lip colours. Ranging from everyday nudes to a very special orange in both bold mattes and exquisite satin finishes, this is the gift to get for any fan of true luxury.
HK$13,800 from Hermès.
If scents help you remember special moments, then the Rose Prick Eau de Parfum and lipstick set from Tom Ford will ensure they won’t be forgotten this holiday season. The curious chemistry of Rose Prick’s delicate rose scent laced with Sichuan pepper and turmeric lends for an enjoyable yet fierce floral fragrance, and its limited-edition counterpart — the Rose Prick lipstick in the Casablanca shade — offers the same daring dichotomy with its darkened pink colour in a juicy, satin finish. Each product is dressed up in a lovely light pink, belying the intense rose reality underneath for an exciting surprise for your friends.
HK$2,370 from Lane Crawford
Rouge Pur Couture The Slim from YSL Beauty has been a firm favourite at Lifestyle Asia for its unique tapered square shape and long-lasting formula that stays on through coffees, dinners and more. This limited-edition Crocodile Print version is great to gift: Its rebellious red matte leather look adds an extra element of fun, making it a great conversation starter every time you take it out.
HK$310 from YSL Beauty
Charlotte Tilbury loves a magical moment, making holiday festivities her time to shine with gorgeous limited edition products and generous sets that are both beautiful to give and fantastic to get. The Magic Holiday Set serves up an all-new Instant Eye Palette titled ‘Bejewelled Eyes to Hypnotise’ with a silvery case, delivering a mix of 12 incredible matte and revolutionary wet-powder metallic shades to add a dose of playfulness to your holiday eye makeup. The set also comes with minis of the Filmstar Bronze & Glow bronzer and Airbrush Flawless Finish setting powder, sculpting your cheekbones and polishing off your skin in a way that’ll add some supermodel shine to any holiday ‘fit.
HK$960 from Charlotte Tilbury eShop
For the pragmatic beauty lover, professional makeup brushes are an excellent pick as great ones can last a lifetime. Splurge on the highly hyped, luxurious fine-tipped brushes from Artis, with a chic black finish and unbelievably soft CosmeFibre bristles that reportedly apply makeup more uniformly than animal hair (yes, they’re also cruelty-free). We recommend the five-piece set to cover all essentials, with its unique oval shapes that cater to every part of your routine — from foundation to eyeshadow to even your brows.
HK$1,485 from Net-a-Porter
Since the launch of Pat McGrath‘s visionary brand, each holiday collection has been eagerly awaited for its stunning goodies, and this year is no different. Her first-ever pressed powder highlighter is a gilded masterpiece, in a beautiful Champagne Gold shade that luminously applies across face and body in a silky, lightweight formula. Sold out in most retailers already, this limited-edition glow-inducer will be the perfect item to drop jaws when that gift is unwrapped at last.
HK$550 from Selfridges
Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty never shies away from colour, and so we celebrate the holiday season with some bold eye looks by way of the limited-edition Holo’daze Snap Shadows Eyeshadow Palette and Mini Full Frontal Mascara set. For those who love to experiment, this handy eye makeup set blends soft neutrals against pigmented purple and glittering red shades, topped off with the mascara’s intense black colour for a hint of intrigue that will be the perfect medium for any artistic friend to express their creativity.
HK$248 from Sephora
For the friends who love to stick to basics, the Nars Iconic Glow Cheek Duo won’t be amiss at the top of their beauty wish lists this holiday season for its simple convenience, and perpetually flattering shades. A marriage of Nars’ most beloved cheek products, this subtly gilded set combines the cult-favourite Orgasm blush and Laguna bronzer in a single, oversized compact. The peachy flush of the infamous Orgasm blush is the perfect companion to the sun-kissed tones of the Laguna bronzer, making it a fool-proof product to gift anyone — even if they’re a complete makeup newbie.
HK$350 from Nars Cosmetics eShop