Glam makeup always has a place in the beauty world, even in 2020. Sure, most of us have spent the year lounging around in leggings and nothing but SPF. But for every “no makeup” makeup lover and wellness enthusiast who lectures us about Glossier and the importance of Retinol (really, it is pretty important,) there’s a glam makeup lover that has no problem getting all glammed up with nowhere to go. Especially during the holiday season - when false lashes, red lipstick, and metallic eyeshadow are seasonal staples for all the Christmas parties. Even if they’re over Zoom this year. How do you celebrate the most glamorous girls and guys in your life this season? With the luxury makeup essentials in our Holiday Gift Guide. The very same highlighter that NikkieTutorials uses to get her perfectly contoured look, a winged eyeliner that channels Violet Chachki, and other glam makeup must-haves to do your most extra full-face looks that put you in the holiday spirit. Because we know you’re already prepping by watching all the “Holiday Smokey Eye” YouTube tutorials from your favorite beauty influencers. Get major lewks with these presents from our Holiday Gift Guide 2020 below!
If you’re thinking about gifting the Luminous Silk Foundation to the glam makeup enthusiast in your life, don’t even hesitate. Just do it… they’ll love you forever! This Giorgio Armani foundation is the actual definition of a “holy grail” makeup product, as it can be found in just about any celebrity makeup artist or beauty influencer’s bag, and has launched a million YouTube tutorials and #nofilter selfies. And they’re not even lying about that last one, as this medium coverage foundation is the ideal balance between dewy and matte that creates a flawless and filter-like finish, yet still looks 100% natural on your skin. It has perfect ratings on MIRA BEAUTY for being hydrating, brightening, lightweight, and non-oxidizing, and we can guarantee that half the models, actresses, and pop stars you watch hosting the Christmas Day Parade on TV are probably wearing this Giorgio Armani favorite. The $64 price tag definitely means that it’s more of a special occasion product, and the holidays are the perfect time to splurge and give the gift of glam. If you’re looking for less pricey alternatives to this cult foundation, you can also check out our list of affordable and dazzling luxury makeup dupes!
More falsies, more problems. Except not really, since you now have your hands (and eyes!) on the easy-to-use, ultra-luxurious lashes by Lilly Ghalichi. Anybody who follows Lilly on social media, or saw her brief stint on Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset, knows that she’s a glam girl in every way. She never leaves her Los Angeles mansion without Instagram glam and her enviable sense of confidence and style, and you can achieve all of these things with the "So Extra" Mykonos 3D Mink Lashes. Ideal for deep set eyes, these mink lashes have unique “V-shaped” clusters to add volume, length, and extreme definition to your most dramatic eyeshadow looks. Halo eyes, cut creases, smokey silver and gold… even the most impeccable blending isn’t complete without a good set of falsies, and “So Extra” Mykonos will literally take your holiday makeup looks to great lengths. And since they can be worn up to 25 times, these lashes make the perfect gift for the dramatic makeup aficionado who’s been known to rock falsies long after the holidays are over.
One of the perks of being a glam makeup enthusiast? Fearlessness. Those who love the drama collect bold eyeshadow palettes and extraterrestrial hues like it’s their job - and a lot of the time it is, as most YouTube beauty stars tend to be more on the glam side - and even a traditional holiday like Christmas lets you express yourself in extraordinary ways. Like with the Ombre Premiere Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in Vederame by Chanel. This brilliant emerald hue is a more elegant take on Christmas green, and the creamy texture blends out effortlessly across your lids for a smooth, satin finish. Every glam makeup lover deserves a little Chanel this season, as the legendary French brand is the definition of timeless elegance and absolute luxury, and a one-shadow-only look with Vederame will produce an emerald masterpiece that won’t fade, crease, or smudge. The ideal mix of edgy and elegant for all holiday festivities!
It actually feels a bit strange to read the name of this eyeshadow palette. Isn’t every Natasha Denona product a glam eyeshadow palette? The answer is yes, but this cool-toned set of shades is special, and about to serve major holiday 2020 looks. It’s a full-sized version of the brand’s popular Mini Glam Eyeshadow palette, and features 15 luxury hues in matte, metallic, and shimmer finishes for a variety of eye looks. Each shade is named for the ideal spot you should apply them - such as Outer Eye Lid, Lash Line, Inner Corner, Brow Bone and Transition, making it easy to produce the most glamorous everyday and dramatic looks. Who needs a YouTube tutorial when you have shade names like that? From daytime chic that you can wear on a last-minute shopping trip at the mall, because you can still see your eyes under your PPE mask, to the extravagant, peachy champagne smokey eye that’s perfect for the family Christmas card… you’ll be feeling ho-ho-hot with these dramatic hues.
Red lipstick is always a symbol of empowerment and classic-meets-modern glamour, but this trademark look is even more iconic during the winter months. It’s sexy, sultry, and Santa-esque - bringing up the brightness and complementing your seasonal eyeshadow and highlighter - because most glam makeup enthusiasts also love a good multidimensional shimmer! Celebrities like Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, and Marilyn Monroe have been known to rock a red lip, along with everybody’s favorite “bad girl” turned beauty icon… Rihanna. In fact, her brand Fenty Beauty carries one of the most beloved universal red lipsticks in recent years, the Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored. This bold, rich shade of red looks flawless on all skin tones, and has top MIRA ratings for pigmentation, hydration, staying power and feeling extremely lightweight on your lips. One of our favorite reviews for Stunna Lip Paint? “This lipstick is my holy grail. Goes on smooth, doesn’t dry out my lips, stays ALL DAMN DAY even after eating a big meal.” What more can you ask for in a red lipstick? Uncensored will stay on during all the late-night holiday parties without drying out or flaking, and you can try as many homemade cookies or eggnog drinks as you like without fear of your lipstick fading away. Only the best in our Holiday Gift Guide 2020 from a glam makeup queen like Rihanna!
While 2020 was a bit of bust for travel addicts, at least we were blessed with the perfection that is Emily in Paris. The hit Netflix show didn’t just give us an escape from our four bedroom walls that we’ve been staring at since March, it also gave us a taste of croissants, love triangles, and French girl beauty looks. You know the type - simple and minimalist, yet still more glamorous than all your favorite beauty YouTubers put together. How do they do it? As it turns out, the Monsieur Big Mascara by Lancôme doesn’t hurt. This formula produces a false lash effect with up to 12x more volume, and up to 24 hours of wear - meaning that your mascara won’t run or smudge even if it begins to rain on your walk through Candy Cane Lane. The high-intensity, ultra-black lashes produce enough drama to rival even your favorite falsies, and fit perfectly with the metallic silver cut crease or intense smokey eye that you’re already planning for New Year’s Eve. Monsieur Big Mascara is also great for everyday makeup looks, and makes the perfect, under $30 Secret Santa gift for the coworker who always looks glamorous without even trying… just like the French girls!
Eight nights of glam makeup? Absolutely. Hanukkah colors are simply gorgeous - and the Mothership I Eyeshadow Palette - Subliminal by Pat McGrath Labs has all of them to create endless color combinations and debut new holiday makeup for each night of Hanukkah. Blue, silver, white, gold - just a few of the traditional shades you’ll find in this palette, a 10-color selection of vivid jewel tones, classic neutrals, and high-impact fashion shades for exquisite eye looks that are intense in the best way. From a blue-and-white cut crease that shows your holiday spirit, to a glowing and golden halo eye that would make Desi Perkins proud… this Pat McGrath favorite is the Mother of all eyeshadow palettes for Hanukkah and holiday makeup looks.
Looking for a highlighter that’s brighter than the holiday lights? NikkieTutorials is here to help. The beauty YouTuber is known for her impeccable contour and highlight skills, and you can recreate them this season with this highlighter from Nikkie and Ofra. Available in three shades to flatter all skin tones, these pearl pigment highlighters illuminate your look in an ethereal way and add definition to your cheekbones and jawline. They’re ideal for the beauty influencer “in training” who wants to get her hands on all the collab products she can find, or just can’t get enough shimmer in her daily routine. Sparkles are a common theme during the month of December, as you’re placing glitter ornaments on the tree or wrapping up presents with sparkly bows - and a touch of highlighter to complete your glam makeup looks can be a game-changer. As one MIRA review says, “I like to use this one for the “wet/glass” look. A little goes a veeeeeeery long way. If you want blinding, this is THE way to go.”
Eyeliner is a glam makeup essential - as it adds dimension and drama to your eyes while smoking out your most extra eyeshadow looks. The problem? Many beauty queens simply can’t decide between liquid, gel, and pencil - as each formula has its pros and cons for smokey eye or graphic liner enthusiasts - and that makes the art of gift giving a bit more difficult. Luckily, we’re here to tell you about this luxury makeup product that packs all three eyeliner formulas into one gorgeous, perfectly precise pencil. Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon is a cult favorite for celebrity makeup artists and influencers, as the texture is unlike any other liner you’ll find. It features a gel formula in a crayon that delivers intense color payoff in one swipe, and is available in 30+ colors ranging from black and brown to bold hues like orange, blue, and purple. Or red and green, if you really want to get into the Christmas spirit. You have roughly 15 seconds of play time to smudge, blend, smooth and perfect your eyeliner application before it dries to a bold matte finish that adds flair and drama to your eye looks. But that’s definitely enough, and you’ll be dying to see the way this liner completes your glam makeup effects. Line, define, and unwind this season with this luxury makeup product and glamorous present from our Holiday Gift Guide 2020.
Yes, primer is necessary for all types of looks - as this product is what nourishes your skin under makeup and keeps your masterpiece locked in place for hours without fading or smudging. But if we’ve learned anything from RuPaul’s Drag Race, it’s that the more beauty products you have on your face… the more primer you need to keep them from fading and smudging. Because the photo booth strip from your office holiday party will be a lot less cute with foundation sweating off and your contour looking uneven. Ugh. The solution? The POREfessional Face Primer by Benefit, a translucent balm that feels silky and lightweight - minimizing the appearance of pores and fine lines while smoothing out your skin prior to makeup application. Not only will your foundation apply and blend out more evenly, this primer will also lock it into place for hours. Exactly what you need during all the family reunions and holiday festivities! POREfessional also contains Vitamin E to nourish your skin, and has top MIRA ratings for being mattifying, pore minimizing, and long lasting.
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