Beauty

By Amy Sciaretto

Stressed about what to get the lady love or gal pal in your life? Does the thought of shopping at Sephora, Ulta or any other makeup retailer send you running for the hills, sweaty palms and shakes?

Relax. You can keep calm and carry on. Make that keep calm and Beauty News on, thanks to our gift guide.

Our Twitter-sized holiday gift guide is back. In order to keep things manageable, we’ve combed over the best gift sets there are and compiled 140 word (give or take a few) blurbs to help you navigate your retail mission.

Consult our guide whether you are the shopper or the one to be shopped for. Print this out when you head to the mall. Or send this link to your loved ones to show ‘em what you want for Christmas.

It’s designed to be a handy tipsheet. We did all the leg work for you! And like last time, you’re welcome.

Urban Decay Smoked Palette

Every single smoky eye style is possible. Vixen. Smoldering, Iconic. Matte. Brown. Blue. There’s also a an instructional booklet. Plus, the zip clutch packaging is so chic and totable. Take it on a trip and you have 10 looks in one slim case. If it were a boy, I’d cohabitate with it. Favorite combo: Kinky wash, Backdoor crease, Black Out lashline, Barlust bottom rim.

Urban Decay Naked Basics

Who doesn’t want to get nakey nakes? No, not that way. But with Urban Decay’s Naked Basic palette with velvety, matte nudes ranging from barely there (Venus) to Crave (deep brown.) For the makeup beginner to play around with.

Urban Decay Feminine, Dangerous, Fun Palettes

I want to marry Wende Zomnir. Her makeup brain is beautiful. So are her Feminine, Dangerous, Fun palettes, which are best reserved for the makeup veterans. Eyes and lips are covered, in chic, slim zip casing. A billion looks at an affordable price.

Stila Smudge Stick Set

Five crayon liners in black, champagne, plum, olive and tan hues. Apply to upper lash line. Smudge. Apply to lower lash line. Smudge. No tools, but fingers. Low maintenance. So if that describes your girl, grab this for her.

Birchbox + Birchbox Man

Give the gift that keeps on giving with Birchbox ($10 per month for the gals) and Birchbox Man ($20 for the metro man in your life.) Every month, a box of high-end deluxe sample-sized goodies will arrive tailored to her beauty profile. Go here for all the deets!

Korres The Lip Blockbuster Volume II

She can get lippy with the Korres The Lip Blockbuster Volume II totable Lip Butter Glazes, which provide a sheer wash of color via tube. (Raspberry is flawless in winter, BTW!) The Lip Butter pot glosses offer moisture like no other; she can tuck one in the pocket of her trench, her warm winter coat and her rain jacket. A must for the girl with a vast lip wardrobe.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Collection

If they eyes have it with her, then pick up this Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Collection, which features six liners in deluxe and sample sizes, so she can mix and match and decide which shades (black, bown, grey, purple, turquoise and champagne) she likes best. For mega intensity, she can apply her preferred shade three times a day, to the inner rim, for expertly lined, smudgeproof peepers.

Clinique Lashes Top to Bottom

She can bat away and cause a fierce wind from all that sultry blinking if you give her Clinique’s Lashes Top To Bottom set of mini mascaras. She can build volume, length or curl, without neglecting her bottom lashes.

Pure Ice Runway Nail Trends

What gal doesn’t love polish on her tips and toes? Texture will remain all the rage with lacquer in 2013 so help her get a head start with Pure Ice Runway Nail Trends. Since they are uber affordable, stuff her stocking with silveriffic Ruffled Sheets from the Velour Finish collection or the maroon goodness of Moulin Rouge from the edgy, shiny French Trend series. These are also perfect for mini makeupistas aka anyone under 13. (Editor’s Note: I am beyond jealous, since I can’t get a pedi or wear toe nail polish for four months due to an ingrown. Thank God it’s not strappy heels or flip flop season. I will be documenting my polish-free struggles for you, though!)

Chapstick Candy Cane

This is also good for the little ‘uns! The flavored version of this classic is not too much and just enough for the youngest makeup lover in your life. Start her off slow. Stock up at drugstores on the limited edition, cheap ‘n’ chic gem of minty goodness. Give them away as party favors.

Benefit She’s So Jetset

She can touchup when she touches down and travels on vacay with this fully-stocked kit. Four shadows, lip gloss, primer, mascara and cheek powders under one retro packaged box? She needs nothing else but this under the tree come December 25.

Benefit Luscious Liftoff High Flying Lip Glosses

Six shades in roses, pinks and nudes and a plush formula? Heaven on earth this holidays for her! I admit, I can’t get enough of the pinky nude of Sugarbomb. Someone please buy me three of these sets.

Sugar Berry Merriment

Lips and lashes are her favorite features to play up? Well, Fresh’s Sugar Berry Merriment kit ensures exfoliated, smooth and kiss-worthy lips (via the Lip Polish) which must be swiped with Sugar Berry Lip Tint after-the-fact, as well as dark, sexy lashes! There’s also Soy Face Cleanser. Clean, clear, beauteous!

Merle Norman Purrr-fect Cat Eye Kit

Cat eyes are a classic look and so is this kit, which comes in a black case. Lasting Cream Shadow, Supreme Lash Mascara, Pro Pen Liner and Brow Sealer are included. Meow! A good kit for beginners trying to master this tricky, steady hand-requiring look.

Illmasqua Lipstick Palette

Makeup for her alter ego is available in this chic, glossy black palette featuring four pans of rougy, pink gloss. Ooh to the la to the la. She’ll be pulling this Illmasqua Lipstick Palette compact out for dabbed on touch ups since it’s so chic.

Originally published December 2012
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