Finding that perfect, elusive gift for a loved one is hard—especially when said person is a beauty obsessee. Beauty products (and makeup, in particular) are rarely flattering on everyone. There are undertones, skin issues, and style to take into account, among a bevy of other factors. So what to do?
To take some of the stress out of what should be a cheery, happy occasion, we compiled a list of the most universally flattering products that practically anyone on your list would want. Some of which you've heard of (and have already fallen in love with) and others are brand-new. Either way, you might want to add two to your cart (treat yourself, right?). Below, find all the offerings to make your holiday gift-giving dreams come true.
Becca's Skin Perfector has become a cult favorite because it's just that good. The shimmery formula uses light-reflecting pearls to leave your skin looking dewy, radiant, and natural all at the same time. The Opal shade (a pearlescent, golden color) is especially flattering—it actually adjusts to any light in order to give off a soft-focus glow. Use it as a highlighter or mix it in with your foundation for all-over luminosity. Plus, it's Alexa Chung's favorite.
Not only is this lipstick enriched with antioxidants, orchid extracts, and 3-D pigments, but it also looks good on everyone. It's a natural berry color at first glance, but the brown undertones make it quite the shape-shifter. You can layer it on for a deep purple-y shade, or lightly press it on for a sheer wash of color—like nude, but with a slightly '90s twist. Still not convinced? Here's a love letter our editorial director, Faith, wrote to the little golden bullet.
A cashmere-soft mix of six precious botanical oils (borage, St. John's wort, sweet almond, camellia, hazelnut, and macadamia), Nuxe's Dry Oil will leave you feeling luxurious and oh-so hydrated. And then there's that shimmer. Sparkles work on everyone, am I right? Apply it to your hair and all over your body for a subtle golden shine suited for any holiday party.
Have a friend who's suffering from wanderlust? Gift her a four-piece mini lip and cheek crayon kit that'll fit easily inside her carry-on. They're hydrating, buildable, and come in four absolutely perfect shades.
Officially the gift that keeps on giving: Urban Decay's Naked Palette is iconic for it's twelve universally flattering bronze-hue shadows with finishes in matte, satin, shimmer, and sparkle.
Use Votre Vu's nude liner to distinctly define your lip line, as well as extend and complement simply every single one of your lipstick shades. It glides on so smooth, never feathers, and blends avocado oil into your lips to naturally plump. It makes your pout look exactly like you… but better. I'm obsessed.
Introducing the newest product from legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath. Drumroll, please: Metalmorphosis 005 Everything Kit($165). Featuring four cream pigments, four metallic pigments, a mixing liquid to liquefy each one, and a dual-ended eyeliner marker to apply every shimmery, silvery, golden, and bronzey shade your heart desires. They're easy to apply, wildly cool, and will earn you major brownie points for gifting it in the first place.
Veil your lids with this golden, sheer gloss that also doubles as an eye cream to moisturize—yes really. It's subtle, but it's absolutely gorgeous because it intensifies your eye color (no matter the shade). Just apply with your fingers, smudge, and go.
Made up of completely natural and organic ingredients, Ilia's Illuminator is perfect for your pal that leads a plant-based lifestyle. It's made with rose hip oil to heal your skin as it radiates a youthful glow—no matter your skin tone. Not to mention, this product reinvigorated our editor Victoria's love of makeup.
Everyone needs an iconic, true-red lip to get them through the holidays. This one, scarlet in color and shamelessly seductive, is just the ticket. In just one stroke, expect full-coverage, creamy color payoff, and endless compliments.
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