Whether they’re using a clear wax to create a feathered brow look or using a specific technique to apply liner to hooded eyes , makeup artists are and always have been the keepers of the makeup industry’s top secrets. Given that they are the ones we go to when we need a bit of makeup magic, we have to wonder: Which crème-de-la-crème products do professionals (who know every little detail surrounding makeup formulation, application, packaging, and staying power) give to their loved ones during the holidays? We asked three makeup artists about their favorite products to gift and what they’ve got on their wish lists this year, too. Which makeup products are you giving to the minimalists?
“The perfect gift for the minimalists would be something from the clean-beauty sector. Evio Beauty Character Concealer , Kosas Big Clean Mascara , and Lilah B. Aglow Face Mist are my favorite clean-beauty items right now. I love the idea of little mini care packages for gift giving, so I’d give a combo of these to the minimalist who would appreciate products with simple, real ingredients.”
Which makeup products are you giving to the maximalists?
“For the maximalists, think luxury with high color impact. A Mothership palette from Pat McGrath Labs would be my go-to gift.”
Which makeup products are you giving to those who live somewhere in between?
“I’d gift a limited-edition beauty essential like the glitter mascara, [like] Dior Iconic Overcurl Mascara in Iconic Sequins . Everyone loves a good mascara, but the hint of sparkle will be something someone in between will appreciate when they want to add some glam to a simple look.”
Which products are you giving to your colleagues?
“When it comes to fellow makeup artists, a great gift is always a few new makeup brushes or even a new foundation in their complexion so they can experience it themselves to maybe add to their kit—brushes from My Kitco or Synchro Skin Foundation from Shiseido.”
Which products are you giving to your best friend or close family member?
“For a close family member or friend, I like to gift lip combos that include something they would normally wear, as well as a new shade that I’d love for them to try. YSL Mini Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick Set [is perfect for this].”
Is there any makeup product you would cherish forever if you received it as a gift?
“A gift that I’d cherish forever is a limited-edition eye palette or super-luxurious makeup brushes. Something about knowing you own a piece of makeup that represents a moment in time to remember is super special to me.”