If you know and love a makeup junkie like me (or a drag queen) and want to see us jump for joy on Christmas morning, Sephora is definitely one of your go-to spots for holiday gift shopping. And yes, it’s time to start thinking about holiday gift shopping! That being said, I asked Lauren Alayne, talented MUA and manager of the Sephora at Menlo Park Mall, to give me the tea on her Top 5 Holiday Gift Sets for makeup beginners, professionals and everything in between!
1. The Beginner
Sephora’s Color Daze Blockbuster ($49.50): This set has a little bit of everything! 64 waterproof eyeshadows, 48 lip glosses, 3 blushes and 3 highlighters/illuminizers. If you, your sister, friend, niece, aunt, or mom are just getting into makeup this is a great start. Go from a natural look to a night time/edgy look in no time.
2. The Dare-Devil
Urban Decay’s Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set ($59.00): To a regular girl, these are 8 eye liners. To the makeup dare-devil, who will -and does- try anything, these are 8 eye liners AND 8 lipsticks! Urban Decay eye liners have the same formula as their lip liners. So fill in your lip with your favorite funky color, put some gloss on top, and let the fun begin! Is your hair one of these funky colors? Try filling in your eyebrows too!
3. The Natural Beauty
Tarte’s Carried Away Collectors Set ($54.00): For that friend who has extra sensitive skin or loves cruelty-free products, this is their dream come true! Tarte is one of Sephora’s natural brands. It’s formulated without parabens, synthetic fragrances, or sulfates. You get eyeshadows, lip glosses, a finishing powder, blush, a brush, mascara and a cute bag to keep it all in.
4. The Diva
Urban Decay’s Naked or Naked2 Palette ($50.00): If she has one, she’ll want the other. You can’t go wrong with a palette of 12 shadows and a full size double headed brush! Choose your poison wisely. Naked is packed with bronze and golden neutrals while Naked2 is cooler with tans and pewter colors.
5. The Professional
Make Up For Ever’s Backstage Collector Bag ($330.00): What do you get the friend that has everything in makeup? Are you trying to build your makeup bag too? Perfect for the true makeup enthusiast, this treasure chest of 28 MUFE cosmetics will have you playing with an array of daytime and evening looks. It’s stocked with something that any makeup artist -novice to expert- will need and learn to love.
All of these packages are available NOW at Sephora. Make sure to visit Lauren at Menlo Park Mall or check out her website, http://lamartistry.wix.com/laurenalayne.