While you might think beauty editors get their fix the other 364 days of the year, we'd still be ecstatic to find out that Santa brought us beauty products on Christmas morning. Makeup, skincare, hair tools—we'll take it all with open arms. Another group who doesn't tire of this category of presents? Makeup artists. They live and breathe beauty too, so to any gift purchased at Sephora, they say, "Bring it on."
Since makeup artists are attuned to the best products on the market, we asked to take a peek at their Christmas wish lists. As expected, their picks didn't disappoint—we anticipated we'd discover some lesser-known makeup products (we did), but we were also pleasantly surprised to find some wildcard items peppered their want lists (like cellulite-fighters and facial toning devices). Below, check out the beauty buys makeup artists are hoping to find under their trees this year.
Daniel Martin, celebrity makeup artist
What's better than one Diptyque candle? A dozen of their tantalizing scents. Martin says, "I travel with these candles, and they're a reminder of home for me when I'm away."
This woody duo is gentle and ultra hydrating enough for frequent use, which is good considering Martin's affinity for them. "I'm obsessed with this cleanser and moisturizer. I can't stop washing my hands."
Suzy Gerstein, Honey makeup artist
Makeup lover or not, a good set of shades is a staple in any woman's beauty wardrobe. "I'd like a pair of oversize Céline butterfly sunglasses for those days when I don't have time to apply my concealer and just need to be out the door." Been there, done that.
An in-shower body lotion is one of the most genius product innovations, especially for those of us who hate that post-moisturizer greasy feeling. Gerstein agrees, "I'm a busy working mom, and I don't always have time for the extra step of lotion after the shower. Any opportunity to cut time in my routine makes me very happy."
Katie Mellinger, celebrity makeup artist
Mellinger simplified her wish list this year. "For Christmas, I would love six bottles of this oil. It smells amazing, looks amazing on the skin, and no nasties! I'm thoroughly addicted to it. I slather it on my body on the daily. Six bottles would hopefully get me through the year without having to buy a refill… maybe."
Amy Strozzi, celebrity makeup artist
"I would like a new Glossier Haloscope in Quartz because I'm about to run out of mine and it's my favorite highlighter. It gives the perfect sheen and is basically foolproof. It looks amazing on the eyelid as well."
Fillers have never been more prevalent, but this device allows you to get the same lifted and toned results sans needles. Strozzi says, "I really, really, really want a NuFace Trinity Facial Trainer with the eye and wrinkle-reducer attachments. I've got some fine lines I'd love to minimize for 2017!"
Kristine Cruz, senior makeup artist at Antonio Prieto Salon
Think of this as a grown-up version of Kylie's lip kit. Aucoin's created the perfect trio of lipstick, gloss, and pencil to create his iconic three-dimensional lip in the perfect rosy tone.
Made from 100% real pulp of plant-based items like broccoli, pomegranate, and seaweed, these heavy-duty sheet masks are three-ply to prevent evaporation so the good-for-you ingredients can settle deep within the layers of your skin.
Andre Sarmiento, celebrity makeup artist
"I love this product, and I'm a firm believer in its ability to impart youth and beauty. It makes your skin its best. I've always tried to take care of my skin, but when this became a part of my skincare regimen, it really changed the game. I also feel like it makes my other products more effective. For the holidays, the brand has come out with these gorgeous bottles that mimic traditional Japanese marbling. The Purity bottle on my wish list is blue, but they have red and green editions as well. It's so beautiful to look at, and it's such an effective product. I think any beauty lover would be thrilled to get this as a gift."
Gita Bass, celebrity makeup artist
"This simple little tool is incredible for breaking down fat and cellulite in those stubborn areas that no amount of SoulCycle will reach. There's also an extra-mini version coming out that stimulates blood flow and collagen production in the face to help with fine lines, wrinkles and to give you an extra glow." Watch this FasciaBlaster how-to video to learn more.
This newcomer to the beauty space is favored by supermodels for its uncanny ability to transform limp lashes into something from a magazine cover. Of the mascara, Bass says, "I just discovered it, and I'm obsessed."
Robert Greene, Honey makeup artist
Touted as the "antithesis of the current matte trend coveted by the makeup industry," this high-gloss lacquer is modeled after patent leather, a nod to Louboutin patent pumps. $85 may be a hefty price to pay, but it's so pretty that it doubles as a piece of jewelry.
Perfect for wintertime, this essence delivers an intense dose of hydration to reverse the signs of stress and aging. This viscous gel is a bit heavier than most formulas, so it stays put all day instead of disappearing into the atmosphere.
Azra Red, Honey makeup artist
This natural beauty starter kit quite literally has the essentials: the Living Luminizer and your choice of "Un" Cover-Up, "Un" Powder, and mascara. It's ideal for those who are looking to simplify their routine and purify their makeup bags.
Kelli Bartlett, Director of makeup artistry for Glamsquad
"These brushes are quite literally the gold standard. The silver Oval 7 is a staple in my kit for applying a flawless finish to the face, and the new gold is so luxe," Bartlett says.
"Did I mention I love gold? This pillowcase is perfect for sensitive skin and also preserves my Glamsquad blowout!"
"I grew up counting down to Christmas with an advent calendar and this is such a chic upgrade," Bartlett says. "What could be better than opening each door to reveal one of Charlotte's makeup surprises? I am obsessed with the Legendary Lashes Mascara and Eyes to Mesmerise shadow."
Min Min Ma, Honey makeup artist
Ma is coveting the alluring notes of ripe fig, iris, coconut milk, tonka, and dry blond woods of this chic fragrance by D.S. & Durga this holiday season.
What's on your holiday wish list? Tell us below!