NYLON’s Holiday Beauty Gift Guide 2022: Party People

Get ready to look like a shiny disco ball this season, and you deserve to too, since it’s the first time since the pandemic that we’re allowed to dance the night away with reckless abandon! We’ve put together eyeshadow palettes that take one from everyday-chic to siren eyes and full-on party glam; tools and base products for a flawless base that, importantly, lasts all night long; and highly-pigmented lipsticks that’ll have others sit up and take notice. Note: ditch the nudes and switch it up with vivid red if you dare. And if you want to, say, draw the cat eye sharp enough to kill a man? Go ahead. You’re in your vigilante / villain era and we couldn’t be more proud.

L – R — KVD Beauty Tattoo Pencil Liners, $33 | Beautyblender House of Bounce Set, $34 | Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad And Mini Lip Color Set, $170 | Dear Dahlia Paradise Shine Eye Sequins Eyeshadow Trio, $64

KVD Beauty’s liquid eyeliners are industry-standard stuff, but go ahead and try these Tattoo Pencil Liners as well. In limited-edition metallic white gold and bronze gold, expect ultra-smooth application and a radiant finish that lasts all night. Naturally, you’ll want your base makeup going on beautifully and flawlessly as well, which is where the Beautyblender comes in; the makeup sponge arrives in a fun disco ball stand and an Electric Violet shade, but still does all the work to blend out foundation so you skin looks perfect.

Create the ultimate alluring makeup look with these Tom Ford Beauty icons. The Eye Color Quad features four rich complementary shades in luxurious finishes that take one from an effortless daytime look to sexy evening glam, while their lipstick goes on ultra-creamy, with pigments perfected for long-lasting impact. With a name that includes ‘eye sequins’, we fully expect Dear Dahlia’s liquid eyeshadows to go big on glitter, so let’s just say they’re bestsellers for a reason. A combination of high-shine pearl and glitter, all in a whipped textures that glides over the eyelids, ensures that there’s minimal fallout but maximum shine.

Above — Lancôme Beauty Box Holiday Limited Edition, $150 with min. spend | YSL Beauty Mini Rouge Pur Couture Holiday Lip Set, $75

So, that’s an all-in blockbuster beauty kit from Lancôme that’s worth a whopping $648 — which you can now get at $150 with a minimum spend of $150, which is easy if you’re already planning on topping up your favourite skincare and beauty products. Lancôme’s holiday kit arrives in a gold vanity beauty box, skincare that includes the Clarifique Dual Essence and Tonique Comfort, two L’Absolu Rouge lipsticks, the Idôle EDP, and most importantly, a limited-edition Face and Eyeshadow Palette for all kinds of holiday looks.

Another indulgent treat would be this YSL Beauty lipstick set, in brilliant gold packaging, where you get your pick of 4 mini Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks. These are absolutely packed with pigment so you can expect full-coverage and longwear at dinner events, arrive in couture-inspired packaging with the YSL logo, and are available in shades 1, 21, 83 and 1966, which range from a classic Le Rouge red to a stunning brick-brown.

L – R — Benefit Cosmetics Bigtime Brow Haul, $68 | Givenchy Beauty Volume Disturbia Make Up Gift Set, $39 | Giorgio Armani Beauty Power Complexion Set, $180 | NARS Holiday Kiss The Stars Matte Lip Duo Dragon Girl, $55.

Let’s imagine you’re getting ready for a party. Colour cosmetics aside, here are some items you definitely need. A full brow kit from Benefit Cosmetics, consisting of the bestselling Precisely, My Brow Pencil for defined brows, the High Brow Duo Pencil to define one’s arches via either a matte and shimmer highlight, and the 24-hour Brow Setter to lock your hairs in place all day. Next up, Givenchy Beauty’s beautiful Volume Disturbia mascara in its iconic studded tube, which signals a just-as-bold formula within, of intensely black pigments that take us all the way to dramatic volume. The kit is paired with the Le Rouge Interdit Intense Silk lipstick, a recently-reinvented formula that has a silky, luminous effect.

Armani Beauty has some of the most luxurious lipsticks and base makeup in town, so trust this set because it comes with the raved-about Power Fabric+ foundation, a liquid formula that’s weightless and silky, along with the My Armani To-Go Cushion Foundation for mid-party touch-ups. And for those who like to make an impression, NARS’ Dragon Girl shade is a vivid siren red that demands attention, available in a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, and our personal fave, the Air Matte Lip Color that gives lips an airbrushed finish.

Above — Natasha Denona My Dream Eyeshadow Palette, $110 | M.A.C A Taste Of Matte Lipstick Destined For Stardom Lip Kit, $99

Dreamy eyes and the most versatile shades await with the My Dream Eyeshadow Palette, which brings together 15 of Natasha’s favourite eyeshadows. We’re spying burgundy, brown, and coral mattes, juxtaposed with neutral golden shimmers and high shine metallics, as well as a vibrant multi-chrome with a foiled finish, and two sparkling duochromes that can be worn as toppers. You can truly go as everyday-wearable to elevated evening glam in an instant.

You bet we aren’t over M.A.C’s candy-inspired concoctions for the holidays, especially when they come in a keepsake box of rose-gold pearls. This lip kit is extra impressive since there are five creamy full-sized Matte Lipstick and Retro Matte Lipstick to choose from, in either limited-edition shades or bestselling ones. For the M.A.C fiends, these cheekily-named shades are: Moscow Mule, Make It Merry, The Perfect Bow, Taste Of Romance, and Sip Happens. Go ahead and reuse that clutch as a party accessory too!

L – R — Dermalogica The Go-Anywhere Skin Set, $35 | Farmacy Holiday Party Green Clean Trio, $77 | Jung Beauty Probiotics Firming & Brightening Eye Serum, $75 | Drunk Elephant Drunk Break A Night To Remember Kit, $142.

What happens when the party’s over? Clean skin, that’s what. Get things going with Dermalogica’s trusty double cleanse set, consisting of the Precleanse, a deep cleansing oil that melts impurities and makeup, and the Special Cleansing Gel, a foaming cleanser that’s suitable for all skin types. This is as easy and straightforward as it gets. Fans of cleansing balms, us included, will also appreciate this trio of award-winning Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balms, in limited-edition festive flavours of pear, blueberry and tangerine.

An on-the-go eye serum will come in handy should one desire to take care of their dark eye circles, no doubt due to the excessive late nights. Jung Beauty’s eye serum will do away with these, and any fine lines and wrinkles along the way too, with its powerful formula of probiotics, panthenol, bakuchiol and other brightening ingredients, plus a cooling metal applicator to soothe tired eyes. Finally, here’s something we ought to get drunk on — indulge in good skincare with Drunk Elephant’s curated set for nighttime skin, a Drunk Break kit that puts together the Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser, T.L.C. Framboos infused with glycolic acid to resurface skin, as well as the Lala Retro moisturiser and F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial mask to drench dehydrated skin and keep it moisturised for hours on end.