Got a beauty lover in your life? Make sure Santa brings them all the right products with this handy list of makeup must-haves.
Dermalogica Daily Defenders Gift Pack, $105 This limited edition pack is perfect for the skincare soulmate in your life. Get smooth skin with the Skin Resurfacing Cleanser, refresh and hydrate with the Antioxidant Hydramist, and protect your money maker with the Dynamic Skin Recovery; an SPF 50+ moisturising sunscreen. This nifty pack is jammed full of antioxidants and age-fighting ingredients and is nearly $140 of value.
Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Mini Lipstick Charms, $60 These little things are so tiny and cute, you’ll fall in love at first sight. Charlotte Tilbury’s mini trio of lipstick trinkets include the shades Kim K W (a nude beige), Secret Salma (a rose plumb) and Carina’s Love (a bombshell red). I know there’s not actually all that much lippie in these, but they’re so adorable and it’s a good way of testing the shades without having to spring for a full size.
Love OPI Holiday Collection Mini 4-Pack, $24.95 Get glittery with this selection of moody holiday polishes from OPI. Known for their limited edition Christmas collections, OPI has scored a goal once more with this moody selection. My hot tip? The Ornament To Be Together silver shade is lush.
Mecca Cosmetica The Enlightened Trio, $69 Get good lighting wherever you go with this illuminating trio. These powders have been specially designed to flatter both fair and warm skin tones. They’re the perfect gift palette for anyone that loves all that shimmers.
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio, $79 Fenty is the brand on everyone’s faces right now, thanks to Rihanna. The pop star’s headline-making brand lives up to its hype and these Match Stix are my new favourite thing. Contouring is as easy as drawing lines and smudging them. Plus, they’re totally portable and magnetic, so you won’t lose them in your purse. This set contains concealer, contour and shimmer highlighter, and is curated by skin tone.
Jo Malone London Body Creme Collection, $120 I’m a sucker for a bit of Jo Malone London luxury, and if you want to get in the good books of your favourite beauty aficionado – this set will do the trick. In a stunning gift box, this set contains a trio of smooth-as-silk body cremes in lush scents including Wood Sage & Sea Salt, Peony Blush & Suede, and Blackberry & Bay.
It Cosmetics Your Bye Bye Under Eye Must Haves Set, $15 It’s Christmas, so you’re probably going to be getting pretty “festive” this silly season. So, how do you hide dark circles the morning after? With this nifty set of eye cream and full-coverage concealer of course! Infused with antiaging hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, vitamins, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants, these multi-action formulas help brighten the eyes and fight the visible signs of aging; making skin look and feel younger.
Clarins Duo Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, $45 Perfect your pout with these shiny 3D lip balms. The shimmer gives lips an extra je ne sais quoi, while the creamy texture hydrates and smoothes. Not to mention providing your lips with a natural pop of colour. This set contains a pink and a red Lip Perfector along with a handy beauty pouch.
Tarte Metallic Treats Glitter Liner Set, $42 Have you guessed yet that metallic shimmer is in? The beauty lover in your life will love this travel set of double-ended metallic liquid eyeliners and glitter topcoats in three mesmerising shades. They’re ideal for giving eyes an edgy, glam look right through the New Years’ celebrations.
Eye Of Horus Limited Edition Bio Goddess Lipstick Gift Pack, $165 Welcome to the nude lipstick set of your dreams. This cruelty-free vegan set features all six Eye of Horus lipstick shades in the one place. I didn’t think it was possible, but the colours seem to be universally flattering (I tried them on a few friends), and range from neutral nude to the perfect plum. The gift pack includes six custom Goddess Tarot Cards for those a little spiritual at heart.
Elizabeth Best is a journalist, beauty expert, foodie and travel lover with a mild obsession for all things shimmery. She also hosts the smash-hit sex and relationships comedy podcast Ghosts of Boyfriends Past In her spare time, she likes long walks down the makeup aisle and performing in Brisbane theatre. You can follow her adventures on Instagram@thebeautypalate.