There are two types of people in this world: people who begin shopping for holiday gifts in August, and people who wait until the last minute. If you fall into the second camp (and let's be honest, who doesn't?) skip the night-before freakout. Make your life easier this year by stocking up on beauty gifts for the makeup lover on your list ASAP.
Here's the bad news. Thanks to the internet and its never-ending options, the whole "my friend is hard to buy for" excuse is no longer valid. Here's the good news. Whether she's constantly uploading shots of her latest nail art, considers herself a makeup artist in the making, or is a hairstyle chameleon, we've found something that's perfect for just about every beauty junkie in your life.
I'm not talking about your average fragrance gift set. Instead, these suggestions —think brushes worth the splurge, cool palettes, and innovative skin treatments — are a little more personal and a lot more thoughtful.
Here are the 10 best gifts that will win your beauty fanatic friend's heart this holidays. In the off-chance that you're dealing with someone who does not love beauty products, there's always wine.
1. A Super-Solid Hair Brush
A classic gift for the classic girl, this brush is a timeless pick and has been one for over a century. Thanks to its proprietary padding, this baby massages the scalp and helps distribute oils for shinier, softer hair.
Mason Pearson Popular Bristle and Nylon Brush, $205, Check It Out
2. An At-Home Spa Treatment
What's better than a spa day? An at-home, spa-worthy treatment that lasts for months. This mask packs antioxidants, exfoliating lactic acid and probiotics, which kickstart cellular activity. This makes for better repair and protection.
Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask , $52, Check It Out
3. A Recipe For Beachy Waves
If she spends all summer at the beach, make it a year-round thing (sorta) with everything she needs to recreate surfer-girl waves. An über-hydrating conditioner, shine-boosting apple cider vinegar treatment, volumizing spray and a finishing cream will give her that perfect tousled texture.
Folica Beachy Waves Kit, $95, Check It Out
4. An Everyday Eye Shadow Palette
This versatile palette of neutrals (and the sheer number of shadows) is a must-have for the makeup hoarder in your life.
Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette, $49, Check It Out
5. A Luxurious Cream
A neck cream seems out of left field, at first. But devoted skincare savants will appreciate the attention for the often overlooked area, for which they might not otherwise splurge.
Tula Skincare Advanced Neck Cream , $80, Check It Out
6. A Coffee Table Book
The coffee table tome from makeup artist extraordinaire Lisa Eldridge is basically required reading material for the serious beauty buff.
Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge, $20, Check It Out
7. A Do-Everything Iron
This baby is like a Transformer meets hot tool. And, it's perfect if she's always switching up her hairstyle. No matter how she wants to wear her hair — straight, bouncy waves, or serious curls — this is all she needs.
Sultra The Seductress Wave and Straight Iron, $210, Check It Out
8. A Night Out-Worthy Nail Polish Set
If she's always posted up at a nail appointments, this set is a perfect 10. The glittering topcoats and included brush can make a Monet out of an amateur.
Butter London Password Please Nail Polish Kit, $29, Check It Out
9. A Travel Set For Pampering
A travel-friendly skincare set makes an excellent gift for the jet-setter who's always planning her next big trip. Her skin will probably look better after she steps on the plane than when she boarded.
Tula Skincare 4 Piece Deluxe Discovery Set, $52, Check It Out
10. A Delicious-Smelling Candle
A jumbo-sized, minimalist-chic candle that smells like a sunny grove in Tuscany is the perfect treat for those who love the finer things in life. Furthermore, it's basically the second best thing to an actual vacation in Italy.
Rituals Luxury Scented Candle in Under a Fig Tree , $29, Check It Out
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