I’ve teamed up with Anna Proctor for this beauty gift guide! Together we are highlighting the best products to give your friends and family this holiday season.
Part I: Makeup
- Fenty Beauty Killawat Highlighter
Give the gift of glowing, shimmery cheeks. Fenty Beauty, Rihanna’s debut beauty collection, has made waves this fall with this highlighter as a clear standout. Available in 5 shades and designed for all skin tones, any beauty guru on your list would be thrilled to receive this. Rihanna herself says, “you can use this on any part of your face—your eyes, your cheeks, your nose bridge, your collarbone. I like to use it on my body as well because it’s such a high sheen.”
- Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner
Give the gift of cat eyes for days. This liquid eyeliner has been a staple at Fashion Week for years. Its inky intensity, quick dry, and precision tip make it easy to apply eyeliner like a pro – from a thin line, to a bold, dramatic stroke.
- Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette
Give the gift of smoky eye envy. This warm, Arabian inspired 18-shade palette features 8 creamy mattes, 6 shimmering pearls, 3 duo-chrome toppers, and 1 glitter shadow. The shades blend seamlessly and stay put without fall out. The beauty guru on your list can create tons of looks with this palette’s nice mix of matte and metallic finishes.
Part II: Skincare
- Shiseido Facial Cotton
Give the gift of glamifying everyday activities. Who knew removing makeup could be improved? With these 100% cotton pads from Shiseido, makeup removal becomes luxurious. Shiseido’s facial cotton pads are gentle and don’t break apart or leave residue on the skin.
- Clinique Cleansing Balm
Give the gift of a new step in your beauty guru’s routine. As South Korea’s sworn-by 10-step skincare routine has infiltrated our Instagram feeds, us simple girls are dying to add products to our vanities. This cleansing balm can be used as step 1, an oil cleanser, to remove makeup. It removes your makeup without leaving an oily residue, preparing you to begin your nightly skin care regimen.
- Drunk Elephant T.L.C.
Give the gift of more youthful, radiant skin. As the winner of Allure’s Best of Beauty for 2017, this product has skincare and beauty gurus singing its praises. Its mix of 25 percent AHA and 2 percent BHA gently resurfaces the skin as it exfoliates, getting rid of dead skin cells and leaving behind baby-smooth skin.
Part III: Masks
- Lip Mask
Give the gift of smoother, suppler lips overnight. This lip mask is perfect for the cold winter months that produce those irksome chapped and dry lips. After using this mask, the beauty guru on your list will on your list will say goodbye to chapped lips and hello to smooth, super soft lips.
- Kristin Ess Strand Strengthening Moisture Mask
Give the gift of strong, healthy locks. This hair mask, from Lauren Conrad’s hairstylist’s line for Target, packs a lot of bang in its $14 price tag. The beauty guru on your list can apply this once a week for extra shine and softness, or for a more intense treatment, apply the mask and then cover with a shower cap to lock in extra moisture. Its thin formula makes application a breeze.
- Tonymoly I’m Real Sheet Masks
Give the gift of brighter, more radiant skin. No gift guide would be complete without a sheet mask. These three-layer 100% pulp masks have essences that absorb into your skin. Each mask has its own unique scent, from pomegranate, to red wine, to avocado. The masks come in a pack of 11, so you could even split them among several beauty gurus on your list.
Insider tip: when checking out at Sephora, don’t forget to add in 3 free samples for yourself! Also, be sure to check out Sephora’s Beauty Offers for some other free add ons here.