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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that around this time of year, I like to do a post like this. Typically in the past, I’ve done “favorites” style posts; you can see some of those past blogs here and here. The truth is, I tend to stick with things until I run out of them and things get boring. With that being said, this year I’m changing it up 🙂
This post is going to be more of a holiday gift guide so you can start your shopping! It can be hard to shop for makeup and skincare products, but trust me, people LOVE getting those kinds of things. So let me, your trusty beauty expert, guide you!
Ready to get started?
I ordered some products from this line during the Amazon Prime sale in July. I just love how Lady Gaga is not so heavy on the retouching of her marketing images; this is a huge plus for me. I was really curious how this approach to makeup was going to translate into the actual products.
So what makes it so special? The colors are surprisingly versatile. So are the products. I dare to say she created makeup without “labels” being that whose saying you can’t put “lipgloss” on your eyes or vice versa. I love that about this brand and I love Lady Gaga.
The packaging is super edgy and also distinctive. You might not think that packaging matters, but it does. Especially on the holidays where you really want that WOW factor as they open your gift. It just feels good to give and receive something that looks this good.
As if Pat McGrath isn’t genius enough with color, she launched her foundation line earlier in 2019 and well, it is THE foundation to try. Anything she pushes out, you know a lot of thought and testing went into. The shade range is thoughtful, inclusive, and you know anything from Pat McGrath is world-class quality!
I was introduced to the brand Besame when I was asked to be the official makeup artist for The 70th Annual Observation of the Berlin Airlift. Over 20 thousand people attended and many of the models my team and I got ready made the national news. Digressing…
I wanted to capture the authentic makeup of the era and Besame specializes in just this, manufacturing quality makeup in gorgeous luxe packaging that is representative of the era.
Their page is super simple to navigate and get lost in. Their packaging is out of this world and the quality is top notch. If you’ve always wanted to get a lipstick your grandmother or great-grandmother might’ve worn, this brand is for you. Aside from the lipsticks, I recommend the cream mascara and brush (I’m going to try this in my kit next year to reduce disposable waste) and the dusting powders.
Lisa is one of the makeup artists I’ve been following for years. In fact, her book, “Painting Faces” sits prominently in my makeup studio… it’s gorgeous AND informative. Everything she does and every piece of content she pushes out is world-class. There’s no wonder the world has begun to take notice… she’s gone viral. When she developed her own lipstick line, I knew I’d have to have them too!
This book is not only beautiful, it’s full of amazing makeup history that anyone interested in history will appreciate.
Reach out to a local makeup artist in the area and see if they offer private lessons. Of course, you know I do (and offer them in-person and virtually). Makeup lessons are the BEST way to learn without being sold to (of course, make sure that makeup artist doesn’t sell anything other than their own services).
Of course, my book is the obvious *perfect* gift for makeup newbies. It goes over the fundamentals of makeup, in magazine form, and helps readers make sense of makeup. If you’re not sure whether the book will be good for someone on your list, download my Makeup for Beginners freebie and start there!
You’re not necessarily just buying the lipstick but also the tube, which is a work of art and will definitely be considered an heirloom piece 20 years from now. These velvet matte, sheer voile, and silky satin finish lipsticks come in a variety of classic and versatile colors, an iconic and reusable tube, and the box the lipstick comes in also doubles as an heirloom jewelry container. This is a lipstick experience and I just *had* to include it in my holiday gift guide!
I use this blush on almost everyone. For my clients with a few more years under their belt, this has got to be the most beautiful, natural-wearing, melt on your face blush I’ve ever used. Unless you are a working makeup artist, stick to her singles! There’s no need for you to have the entire palette, although it is beautiful to look at and experiment with.
It’s flattering, comes in so many shades, and the founder of the line is a world-reknowned makeup artist herself who is also the original gangster Queen Of Brows (her brow gels are also worth checking out).
This primer, when applied to freshly moisturized skin or mixed in with liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer, has such fantastic qualities when applied. It is light-wearing, oil-free but not drying, and reflects light in such a flattering way.
I bought one of these for my friend at IMATS London who is a makeup lover who has (or knows) it all!
She hadn’t ever tried or purchased any of Danessa Myricks cosmetics at this time and boy, did she loves it. It took her awhile to figure out how to use it, because, well, like Lady Gaga’s line mentioned above, it’s not necessarily designed for one particular part of the face. They come in little tubes so you can use them however you see fit. From matte to metallic, these are one of the most versatile pigment products on the market!
I love Danessa Myricks and everything she puts out there. She will be a household name before we know it and it’s bittersweet. She’s been serving the pro-community for years but is breaking more and more into the consumer market.
This gift idea goes with the whole theme of experiences over things. If you have someone in your life who loves makeup and really values experiences, you will knock it out of the part with this gift.
I’m sure the makeup lover who has it all hasn’t necessarily been to an event where all the up-and-coming makeup technology is out on display. Unlike some trade shows, IMATS has days that are open to the public! As well as masterclasses you can sign up for. There are classes that are open to the public as well.
This is the perfect skin prep for makeup. Remember my email or blog post on the difference between skincare and skin prep? Well, Sonia Roselli is the queen of skin prep! While there’s a long history behind this line… and a million and one reasons I could explain why this line is so powerful and amazing when using before makeup application, I’ll spare you the details. Run, don’t walk, and thank me later. The entire is perfect for all skin types, made in Japan, and really is probably the most luxurious thing you’ll do for yourself everyday.
Getting your loved one a skincare service at a local esthetician is such an awesome gift. You get your teeth cleaned at the dentist twice a year, right? You go get your hair cut at least every six months to promote growth and hair health, right? You buy those little facial masks at Target and try to remember to slap one on every Sunday (except really, it’s like twice a year and you have an entire shoebox full of masks, right?). Well, a nice basic facial is self-care. It’s getting the skin on your face exfoliated, cleaned, and glowing. It’s self care + skin care and you’ll be the hero of the holidays. If you are local to Wiesbaden, I’m thrilled to recommend Giota at Glam Up Kosmetik Studio. Mention my name and she’ll throw in an extra add-on service at no additional cost to you!
Do you have a friend or family member who wants to become a makeup artist? This can be such a fulfilling and wonderful career and I am happy to help! I offer one-on-one coaching services for aspiring makeup artists. We can chat about their website, portfolio, business strategy, collaboration strategy, tools, and more! If you are local to Wiesbaden, I do have an internship and apprenticeship opportunities available as well.
The same Sonia Roselli I mentioned above developed her luxury skincare line because she needed something high-end that performed well to serve her high-brown bridal clients in her former Chicago makeup studio. She realized makeup artists need to treat their businesses like businesses and not like a hobby. So she created Glossischool.
Even though when I took her class, “Finding Your Ideal Client” I had been established for four or so years, I still learned SO much. I cannot support her and her work enough!
I recently guest blogged for the Eclectic Mother and broke it down. This post is a must-read if you have a child who is starting to want to wear makeup. You can get some great gift ideas there, too!
There you have it! Hopefully you got some good gift ideas for the makeup-obsessed people in your life. As always, I’m just a click away. I love connecting with my blog readers so if you have any questions or want to chat more on this topic, you can shoot me a message anytime.
Makeup is for everyone… and I mean, everyone! My book is the perfect gift for anyone who loves makeup, is just starting to love makeup, or wants to get back into makeup. Inclusively written for all genders, skin tones, ages, and budgets, this 110+ page magazine-style book is something I am SO proud of and I would love to see it in more people’s hands!
Lastly, I wish you a safe and relaxing holiday season, surrounded by the people you love most. Gifts are nice, but the time spent with the humans you care about is so much more meaningful.
I’m Natalie, an American born makeup artist & makeup educator based in Wiesbaden, Germany. I truly believe that makeup, when applied well, can transform us in so many ways. My page is a space for inspiration, education, and advice. Thanks for being here & I’d love to connect with you!