Unless you’re a beauty junkie yourself, it is extremely hard to shop for anyone who is enthusiastic about makeup. They seem to have everything, and are so particular about their tastes that it’s impossible to figure out what they want.
Good news, we have the definitive guide to Christmas beauty gifts that’ll rid you of shopping stress as you navigate crowded department stores during the festive season. Here is a list of makeup products, ranging from eyeshadow palettes, to seasonal exclusives that you ought to buy for anyone in your life who is a walking Sephora.
If the person you’re getting a gift for doesn’t fit the beauty junkie bill, then stay tuned to our future shopping guides in our countdown to the most wonderful time of the year, where we’ll tackle presents to get your skincare-obsessed loved ones, as well as practical Christmas beauty gifts list for those who hit the sweet spot right in the middle.
The Saint + Sinner eyeshadow palette may look like a chaotic explosion of colours to an average person, but to any innovative makeup enthusiast, it is a kaleidoscopic dream. Kat Von D was inspired by gothic architecture and the stained glass windows of old cathedrals, resulting in a medley of 24 highly pigmented satin and metallic shades within the gorgeous palette. This is definitely the palette to get someone who regards makeup as art.
S$90. Available at Sephora.
Cover FX’s metallic liquid highlighters caused a massive stir when they were released, and still remain one of the best highlighters on the market. Seriously, these make your skin luminous. You may question why someone would need the entire range, but these are so versatile, there’s definitely a use for every single shade.
S$420. Available at Sephora.
The Natasha Denona eyeshadow palettes have attained prime status in Internet beauty communities, and for good reason. The formula is borderline velvet, blending ridiculously easy without losing any of its colour, and is long-lasting. Get this for the beauty junkie closest to you, and you’ll be in their good books forever.
S$350. Available at Sephora.
Shu Uemura’s collaboration with Nintendo’s Super Mario is one of the cutest collections we’ve seen this year. It includes lip stains, brushes, BB cushions, an eye palette, skincare and more, decorated with adorable 8-bit Super Mario art. Few gifts are better than the gift of nostalgia, after all.
Prices vary according to product. Available at Shu Uemura.
Tarte’s annual Christmas beauty set is always highly anticipated, and this year’s mammoth kit focuses on the idea of travel. Everything in the Treasure Box is fun-sized, and it contains all the essentials one could possibly need to create a look, whether glam or natural. It contains 24 eyeshadows, ranging from warm to cool tones, as well as two blushes, bronzers, a highlighter, a mascara, a liquid lipstick and an eyeliner. Get this for the jet-setting makeup lover in your life to make packing for their next trip less of a war between choices, because everything they need is right in this Tarte set.
S$85. Available at Sephora.
There is bound to be someone you know that has an absurd penchant for lipsticks. They just can’t get enough, even if it means buying an army of colours that all resemble the same peachy nude shade. Get them this Smashbox Lip Survival Kit, packed with three dramatic colours with a creamy finish, lip liners, and an instant mattifier. You might be an enabler, but you’ll be seriously appreciated for it.
S$88. Available at Sephora.
Here’s one for those who literally want it all. The Estée Lauder Essential Blockbusters collection is full of the French label’s best. From a travel-friendly vial of Advanced Night Repair serum, to full-sized makeup staples like red lipsticks and eyeshadows compacts, this set carries all the requirements anyone would need to beautify themselves on the go. Plus, you won’t even need to bother about storage because it comes in a sleek leather carrying case. There’s a S$668 value to the Blockbusters set as well, but you get it for a fraction of the price this Christmas period.
S$99 with S$120 purchase. Available at all department stores and Estée Lauder boutiques.
Glitter and shine is everything this year, and not just when it comes to makeup. Blinged up nails are in as well, and this Butter London holiday special kit is exactly what you ought to get someone who loves nail art. It comes with four high-shine lacquers in fall hues, and a full-sized gold glitter polish for festive flair.
S$40. Available at Sephora.