2016 gift guide: Beauty products

Giving the gift of an eye shadow palette allows the recipient to create a variety of looks with just one product. For those who prefer more natural-looking makeup, the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics eye shadow palette offers 12 shades that can be used to create any number of neutral looks. Bonus: It also comes with a double-ended application brush. Price: $54
The Kardashians helped make a contoured and highlighted face a trend, and now there are many palettes to create these kind of makeup looks on the market.  One option is the Tarteist Contour Palette, which features six pigments to make your recipient glow like Khloe. (Or Kim. Or Kourtney.) They also have a more budget-friendly travel version. Price: $23-$45.

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Do you have a perfume lover on your list this year? Giving a set of miniature scents is an inexpensive way to give someone the option to try out a few perfumes they may not have otherwise purchased. For example, TOCCA offers a set of rollerball perfumes featuring three scents that can be used alone or layered. Price: $15
If you’re looking to splurge on a scent for the ultimate fragrance fanatic, Jo Malone offers unique scent pairings, including “lime basil and mandarin,” “wood sage and sea salt” and “peony and blush suede.” With such a wide range, there’s something for every scent preference. Price: $65-$130.

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Give the gift of “multi-masking” with the Dr. Jart “Masking All the Way” face mask set, which includes seven different masks for a variety of skin types and purposes. Price: $37
Keep things holiday-focused with a beauty product that smells like holiday cookies. The Philosophy “Christmas Cookie” shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath can be used on your skin as well as your hair and comes in a ready-to-go gift box. Hey, who wouldn’t want to smell like a sugar cookie? Price: $18

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For festive talons, treat a beauty lover to the Winter 2016 Mini Four-Pack of nail polishes from Essie. The kit features four winter-appropriate shades, including “Ready to BOA” (a dark reddish bronze). Price: $18
Get back to basics with a beauty tool that can be used to apply a variety of makeup products: the reusable beautyblender. This cult favorite makeup sponge is teardrop-shaped and can be used wet or dry to apply products to the face. Price: $20
No makeup look quite says “holiday season” like a bright red lip, like these options from Smashbox. Price: $24

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Give the gift that keeps on giving with a beauty subscription box. Each month, your recipient would receive a personalized package of travel-size beauty products to sample. There are many subscriptions to choose from at different price points, such as Glossybox, the Ipsy GlamBag or Birchbox. Price: $10-$21/month
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