For the budding artist or makeup junkie
Smashbox Click You’re It Holiday Palette ($56). With 15 eyeshadows, 5 cream eye liners, a lid primer and how-to guides, this is the ultimate colour palette for the creative ones. See swatches on Makeup and Beauty Blog. Available at Sephora stores and online.
For the natural beauty or mama-on-the-go
Laura Mercier The Book of Nudes ($60). Laura makes some of the best eyeshadow palettes on the market; they are soft, luxurious and always well-coordinated. Available at Sephora stores and online.
For the life of the party
Lise Watier Soleil Festive Palette Eyeshadow Trio and Mascara * ($39) and Liquid Gold Eye and Cheek Illuminator * ($25). Lise Watier eye palette — beautifully dressed in gold and black — is sure to be a hit! The classic shades mixed with multi-dimensional glitter is perfect for all the parties she will be crashing this season. See swatches on Beauty Reflections. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Lise Watier counters and online.
For the pickiest girl on your list
Laura Mercier Limited-Edition Mini Lip Glace Set (US$48). Even a lipstick kinda girl (me) will love this gift set. This is for the girl who cannot just have one lip colour in her purse. See swatches on Makeup and Beauty Blog. Available at Laura Mercier counters and online.
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For the teen girl or the young-at-heart
Nails Inc The Glitterati ($30). I love these chunky glitter polishes from new-to-North-America Nails Inc! Watch your teen girl swoon over her manicure instead of complaining about how gross boys are. See swatches on Oh, Dollymix. Available at Sephora stores and online.
For anyone (Glitter Geek’s TOP PICK)
China Glaze Winter Ice Nail Polish Set ($30). This one is a crowd-pleaser. Wear the nail polishes alone or layered for a true disco ball effect. My absolute favourite is Tinsel Town. Make sure you buy this for your favourite beauty blogger, too. See swatches on Vampy Varnish. Available on NailPolishCanada.com and Trade Secrets.
What are your top picks this year for makeup and nails?
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