Holiday Makeup Must-Haves

With the holiday season in full swing, the party invitations will soon be flooding mailboxes and causing the usual panic of what to wear. This year, instead of stressing over what accessories to throw on, consider how you’ll be doing your makeup—after all, a girl’s best friend is her lipstick.

Whether shopping for you or that perfect gift for her, these makeup treats are guaranteed to please.

Frank Body

Plain, nude and cherry-tinted lip balms come in The Triplets from Frank Body to give a natural hue to lips without the stickiness typically associated with lip balms. These hydrating balms will keep lips soft and glossy all night long.

$29.95 at

Lord & Berry

Coat lips with Lord & Berry’s Timeless liquid lipstick ($25) in the shade Bold Red, ultra-longwearing and intensely vibrant—perfect for parties. Top cheeks with their Luminizer ($22) in the shade Moon for a subtle glow. To really be the life of the party, try their Glitter ($18) in Holo Silver for a shine so reflective you’ll rival the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball.

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Give a tasty gift with the 18-color eyeshadow Pizza Palette from Glamlite. Dubbed “The Most Delicious Palette Ever,” these oversized shadows are inspired by everyone’s favorite comfort food—the perfect gift for foodies and makeup enthusiasts alike.

$40 at


With 24 shades and three different finishes, Almay’s #LIPVIBES lipsticks are the perfect way to get each lady in your life a little something special. Full of vitamins and shea butter, these colors apply smooth as silk and won’t dry out lips.

$7.99 each at


Keep lips glossed, hydrated and smooth with Innisfree’s My Lip Balm Best Collection—a set of five travel-size tea-inspired tinted lip balms with scents like Ruby Grapefruit, Wedding Peach and Wild Hibiscus.

$19 at

Winky Lux

Go under the sea this winter with Winky Lux’s Mermaid Kitten Palette ($25). Featuring nine ocean-inspired shades in shimmer, pearl and matte finishes.

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Your new go-to palette, The One from Lawless is an 18-shade eyeshadow palette complete with every finish and natural-looking shade you could want, all in one place.

$64 at


Give the gift that keeps on giving with the Blender’s Delight set from Beautyblender. Includes two game-changing Beautyblender makeup applicator sponges, two Mini Blendercleanser Solid Soaps (good for more than 50 washes each), and a Blender Defender to keep blenders sanitary during travel.

$40 at


Perfect your pout this season with the Kiss Me Under the Mistletoe set from Kopari. Featuring their Coconut Lip Scrubby to exfoliate and hydrate and Coconut Lip Glossy to lock in moisture and shine. Perfect for the girl with chronically dry winter lips.

$20 at

Koh Gen Do

Pick up the Maifanshi Mineral Color Palette, part of the limited edition 2018 holiday collection from Koh Gen Do, for two eyeshadow shades, a blush and three applicator tools. Includes Sand Pink, a soft, champagne pink, Gold Stone, a deep brown with a hint of woodsy green, and Sunrise Pink, a universally flattering coral pink to add natural radiance to the cheeks.

$75 at


The 18-shade The New Nude palette, containing 10 mattes, four pearls, two glitters, one pressed pearl and a concealer base, has both cool and warm shades of berry, taupe, copper and more. Buttery smooth and highly pigmented, this is the ultimate gift for an eyeshadow enthusiast.

$65 at


Amp up your holiday look with a little shine from the Milani Metallic Lights Foil Eyeliner Pencils. Ultra-smooth and long-wearing, these metallic eyeliners are perfect for making the eyes pop.

$8 at


Give a gift that includes a little bit of everything with the 1910s Holiday Bundle from Bésame. Includes the beautifully scented Blushing Rose Hand Cream, Vanilla Rose Brightening Powder, 1915 Rose Delicate Rouge (cool, deep pink blush) and Mint Rose Sheer Lipstick (cool, rosy pink).

$70 at

Coloured Raine

Lovelies, a six-pan, cool-toned eyeshadow palette, contains one foil, one shimmer and four matte eyeshadow shades perfect for the holidays. All of these shades can be used dry, but wet your brush to make the metallics really stand out.

Currently on sale for $16.99 at


PYT Beauty focuses on clean products, which is why their Upgrade Highlighter powders are the perfect choice for making your cheekbones pop this season without harmful ingredients. Try out the shade Courtside, a luminescent white, to really get your glow on.

$22 at

Smith & Cult

Featuring The Message, a deep red, Forever Fades Fast, a light, blush-toned pink, and Consequence of Fame, a shimmery gold, Smith & Cult’s Nailed Lacquer trio provides impressive coverage with just one coat.

$38 at

Allison Eichler
Allison Eichler is the former editor of Hicksville News and Farmingdale Observer and creates beauty content for Long Island Weekly.

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