7 Foolproof Beauty Gifts That Are Universally Flattering
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, is rarely flattering on everyone. There are undertones, skin issues, and style to take into account, among a bevy of other factors. But 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 Shimmering Skin Perfector ($70)
Becca's Skin Perfector has become a cult favourite 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 colour) 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 favourite.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bond Girl ($50)
Not only is this lipstick enriched with antioxidants, orchid extracts, and 3D pigments, but it also looks good on everyone. It's a natural berry colour 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 colour—like nude, but with a slightly '90s twist. Still not convinced? Here's a love letter our editorial director, Faith, wrote for 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.
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.
Ilia Illuminator in Polka Dots & Moonbeams ($50)
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.
Looking for even more gifts? These are the best beauty gifts if you only have $100 to spend.