Beauty gifts were once fail-safe stocking fillers (see: Sanctuary Spa gift sets – helping forgetful sons soothe their moms since the dawn of time). But with the age of the armchair beauty expert, a bunch of Cath Kidston hand creams just won’t cut it anymore. According to consumer insights group Kantar, post-pandemic we’re wearing less makeup than ever, but spending more on premium brands to ensure results. Luckily, we’ve lined up everything the hard-to-please might need this Christmas.
For the more picky, maybe a little more thought is needed. Fortunately, we have thought for you. Here’s everything beauty junkies need for Christmas.
ISAMAYA Wildstar Pressed Pigment Palette
Revered international makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench has featured Kendall Jenner and Bjork in editorials for years, and in 2022 she finally launched her own line of products. Her first collection was inspired by the kink scene, but don’t worry, her second drop is cowboy-themed – so a bit more appropriate for gifts. Eyeshadow products are highly pigmented (and highly sought after), so get this for an eye makeup lover.
Gisou Honey Face Oil
You might have seen Gisou’s glittering brand on Instagram and thought it was all packaging, not product, like everyone who jumped on the Glossier hype in 2016, but this face oil is more than just a pretty face – it’s Allure’s award-winning face oil for 2022 and seemingly leaves you with that perfect dewy finish.
NARS Reflective Foundation
Speaking of dewy looks: Since minimal has become new, it only makes sense that NARS’ “Reflective” Lightweight Foundation is one of the most talked about basic makeup products this year. Not only does it cover and correct your complexion, but its ingredients also improve the quality of your skin when you wear it. Sign us up!
Malaquais Silk Perfume by Dries Van Noten
The Belgian designer’s pivot in the world of beauty and fragrance this year has already garnered the approval of Vogue’s beauty editors and has been hailed as “the chicest beauty brand there is” by beauty writers. Each of the perfume bottles looks so beautiful you just want to knock them over (don’t do that), but people are especially raving about Soie Malaquais, a chestnut, silky scent with hints of sultry vanilla.
Dizziak Deep Conditioner
This minimalist haircare brand has garnered so much attention in recent years for its paraben, sulfate, silicone, and mineral oil-free products that it’s been crowned with awards and even received the endorsement of Miss Dua Lipa, who loves hair so much. brand that she even invested earlier this year. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is. Dizziak is best known for their Deep Conditioner, so if you know someone who loves sleek, sexy hair but hates sulfates, this is the one for you.
Hyper Skincare AHA Mask
Hyper Skin is growing rapidly due to its sleek aesthetic, but it’s also winning beauty awards left and right (Allure, Cosmopolitan, Byrdie, The Beauty Shortlist). This product has three awards on its own and is considered the best AHA mask of 2022. Additionally, Hyper is a thriving black-owned business, so it’s definitely worth supporting.
Bleach London Proper Copper Dye
The hair color of the year is unquestionably and unambiguously copper. Just look at Kendall Jenner, Sydney Sweeney, Emma Chamberlain, Hailey Bieber, Barbie Ferreira, the list goes on. Bleach’s Proper Copper will give you an easy-to-reach copper top, and it’s conditioner-based so it won’t damage your hair either.
Fenty Beauty Hot Chocolate Lip Gloss
The awards are great, but word of mouth is everything and TikTok’s Fenty lined lips have been spreading the word about this product since its release. A video of a creator trying it on has 10 million views alone, making it one of the most-watched beauty videos on the app.
Google Pixel Smartwatch
At this point, you may be thinking: one of them is not like the others. But the Google Pixel Watch is actually designed for well-being: it features a built-in FitBit so you can check your health and keep up with your busy schedule without having to wear two bulky smartwatches. In addition, there are six months of FitBit bonus offered for free and three months of YouTube bonus as a treat.
Diorshow On Stage Lining
With Euphoria arguably one of the biggest beauty influences of the past two years, this Vogue-approved liner is key to recreating some of the show’s most edgy looks. Gift it to a friend who loves their liquid eyeliner but hasn’t switched to other colors yet – they’ll be smelling all Alexa Demie in no time.
Lipstick Gucci Veil Lipstick
Gucci’s best-selling lipstick is one of the hottest shades of the year, essentially becoming Charlotte Tilbury’s 2022 version of Pillowtalk. For a family member who knows their marks but wears very little makeup, this lipstick is all they’ll need to feel flawless this festive season – it’s relatively lightweight, not too matte and can also be used on the cheeks if necessary. A real all-rounder.