After an interminable January, Valentine’s Day is suddenly upon us. Now you have only seven short days to track down the perfect, thoughtful gift that your beau (or friend! or sister!) will adore. If your valentine happens to be a skin-care or makeup obsessive (or someone who appreciates a good silk eye mask), I’m here to help. I’ve compiled a big list of Valentine’s Day–appropriate beauty gifts in prices ranging from $10 to $150, so you can find the perfect present, in your budget, that will arrive before next Friday.
You can never, ever go wrong with a gift from Buly 1803. Yes, all of the brand’s packaging is absolutely gorgeous, but its formulas also totally hold their own. The soaps in particular are some of my favorites; they’re aromatic and rosy, and really gentle and nourishing on the skin. My mom is the world’s most knowledgeable soap connoisseur, and she agrees with me — which is all you really need to know.
For someone who travels frequently and loves Glossier, this is an absolutely perfect gift. It’s filled with tons of teeny-tiny Glossier skin-care minis (including two Balm Dotcoms; a cute, little Priming Rich wintertime-friendly moisturizer; and the Glossier-skin-in-a-bottle formula Futuredew).
For any valentine who loves a fun, colorful eye shadow, this Neon Obsessions palette from Huda Beauty is a great any-time-of-year gift, but it just so happens to be Valentine’s Day appropriate — it’s all beautiful, electric pinks. All of Huda Kattan’s formulas are intensely pigmented and bright and look incredible on everyone.
I wrote last week about how obsessed I am with this expensive-looking, extremely effective Jillian Dempsey Gold Bar dupe. A perfect cheap but still very luxurious gift I think most anyone would love.
I’ve long coveted these beautifully packaged cream blushes from Westman Atelier. Though I’ve never tried them myself, everyone says they’re beautifully sheer and easy to apply with your fingers — a perfect blush to create that soft, dreamy everyday flush for the no-makeup-makeup valentine.
This is Milk Makeup’s collaboration with the cute-slash-cheesy Netflix film “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” which makes it a very good gift for any tween or Noah Centineo lover, or anyone who appreciates easy-to-use, rosy, shimmery lip-and-cheek sticks you can apply with your finger.
This candle — which, full disclosure, my big sister made — is adorable and festive and smells really, really good. And while we’re on the subject of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: This is the same print as on the dress Lara Jean wears throughout the film.
This is one of my favorite beauty tools of all time. It’s a chic hair towel whose microfibers dry your hair quicker than a regular towel without pulling or tugging your locks. If your valentine talks a lot about wanting to use their hair straightener or blow-dryer less often, this is the gift for them.
This lipstick formula from Hourglass is wonderfully buildable (it lets you create a subtle tint or a bold, full-coverage lip) and has a beautiful, satiny finish. Both shades in this Valentine’s Day duo are stunning — one is a bricky red, the other a deep pink.
Mason Pearson brushes are famous for their ability to gently brush through delicate locks, smoothing and detangling without stressing or pulling hair. They’re notoriously expensive but are something you’ll hold on to for years and years (until recently, I owned one I’d had since high school). This pink one is adorable and would be a very generous gift for anyone in your life who has hair.
Whenever I buy something from Natasha Denona, I feel guilt at the cash register — her products are expensive. But take it from me: They’re extremely, extremely worth the hefty price tag. She recently released this four-pan blush-and-highlighter palette, which any makeup obsessive would be over the moon to receive. Its high pigment and rosy undertones create gorgeous, youthful, glowing skin that’s perfect for date night.
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