Holiday 2016 Makeup Gift Guide

Shahada Karim

By now you’ve stuffed yourself with turkey, and are well on your way to checking off your holiday shopping list. And if you haven’t started on the latter… you’d best get cracking. Millions of Americans are expected to shell out more than $950 billion this holiday season, and they’re off to a running start with Thanksgiving falling a little earlier this year, and Black Friday sales starting even before that. And the best part is, most people never left their homes to do that shopping. While there were plenty of sales to be had at big box department stories, a record number of shoppers simply turned on their computers and clicked ‘buy’ without ever breaking a sweat.

For that reason, limited edition offerings are flying out of the stock room no sooner than they’re posted for online consumption. One of the most high demand items comes courtesy of legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath. Her ‘Metalmorphosis 005‘ Everything Kit is the latest offering in a series of pro-centric high impact pigments and inks. The full kit is the best value at $165 (vs. $60 for one of four kits), complete with eye ‘marker’ and Mehron mixing medium.

For the lipstick lover, there is no better expression of the perfect pout than from Bite. The company has made it its business to know what you lips want: deeply pigmented comfortable lipsticks that smell as good as they perform. The newest Amuse Bouche formula smells like citrus oils and slides on the lips to wear for hours with no fade and no flake.  The limited edition lipstick vault sells for $195, which is is a steal compared to Louboutin. The Holiday Lipstick Coffret is back (after its initial debut at Sephora) for $275. If you want the set in terms of presenation, it’s worth the money. But if you break down cost, each lipstick is actually more expensive than if you just purchase them separately and just wrap them yourself.

Chanel is back with a little bit more this holiday season. In addition to the annual holiday palette, there are also two mini brushes to make a set. But it’ll also cost you a little more. At $105, you’re paying Chanel back for adding the brushes and putting it all together in a set for you.

And the decidedly British gift idea of ‘advent calendars’ comes across the pond courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury. The 2016 version features 12 skin care and makeup minis to get you through the 12 days of Christmas in style.

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