Valentine’s Day gifts — a joy for the receiver, but a pain for the frantic giver who aims to please without coming across as insincere, or worse, lazy. Take it from us, I-heart-you teddy bears and overpriced bouquets don’t have to be the only way you show care on this commercialised “holiday”.

Anyone who thinks the world of beauty is a mystifying alien region will find it exceptionally difficult to buy Valentine’s Day gifts for a beauty junkie. Especially if they’re picky, or have certain complexion concerns, and you can’t tell the difference between a contour powder and a bronzer. In the interest of assuaging your panic, we’ve come up with a list of five fool-proof products to get beauty addicts of all persuasions, whether skincare, nails, or makeup.

For added sincerity, toss in a dinner or a romantic staycation, and you’ll ace the day of love.

Tom Ford Lips & Boys

Tom Ford’s lipstick formula is top notch, and so is the price, but getting one for your lipstick lover is a definite win. The Lips & Boys lipsticks come in mini-sizes, so you can nab yourself a couple to really show sincerity. Pro-tip: Go for the matte or luminous finishes.

Available at Robinsons.

Chloé Love Story EDT

Floral scents are the cornerstone of romantic perfumes, and Chloé’s Love Story is a shoo-in for that category. Apt name aside, the scent portfolio of Chloé is a light jasmine that tapers off into cedarwood and orange blossom oil — perfect for lovers of feminine scents.

Available at Sephora.

Shiseido Custom V Day Kit

There are no limitations to what goes into your beauty box, making this an easy gift that packs a whole lot of sincerity into one custom kit. All you have to do is spend S$140 worth of Shiseido products at any of their boutiques, and you get a pretty box, a dried flower bouquet and a card. If you need help, just approach any of the counter staff for advice on what to buy.

Available at Shiseido.

Too Faced Better Together Eyeshadow Set

Is it justifiable to spend S$95 on an eyeshadow kit with no useful transition shades and an incoherent colour concept? No, but it’s Valentine’s Day, and sometimes, appealing to the impracticality of your loved one is a win. This collaboration between Too Faced and Kat Von D is a beautifully designed palette, and it’ll be a winning gift for makeup collectors. Trust us.

Available at Sephora.

Christian Louboutin Loubichrome Nail Polish

A unicorn horn-looking applicator with an oil slick pattern, and glitter chrome polish? Sounds like a dream come true for any manicure fiend. These Loubichrome polishes come in three unique shades, each packed full of coloured glitters for a multi-dimensional finish. The packaging alone will score you serious points, but the polish formula is pretty bomb, too.

Available on Net-A-Porter.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.