Beauty fans will be made up with these perfect presents
Are you having trouble buying for a beauty fan this Christmas? Katie Wright has the pick of the gifts to suit all kind of tastes
What do you buy the beauty buff who has everything? The vast array of gift sets and special offers in the shops can sometimes be a hindrance, as much as a help, when you're trying to impress a make-up maven or perfume perfectionist.
We've trawled through this year's offerings to find the unique and unusual gifts that will delight even the trickiest recipient this Christmas Day.
For the luxury lover...
Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick Set, £48, Harvey Nichols
Obviously, smoking is not in any way cool. But this shiny box from Hourglass, which comes with one long, thin golden lipstick holder and three interchangeable shades of lippie (and bears more than a passing resemblance to a packet of cigarettes) sure is.
For that special someone...
Button & Wilde Personalised Tarroco Orange & Nutmeg Body Lotion, £12.99, and Wild Citrus Rose Body Scrub, £14.99 (other items not included)
If you want to mark an extra special birthday or anniversary this Christmas, new brand Button & Wilde lets you create your own unique personalised gift set. Choose from a variety of bath and body products in six signature scents, add a photo and message to the bottles and they'll come wrapped in a pretty white cotton gift bag. For a festive feel, we recommend the spicy Tarroco Orange & Nutmeg fragrance.
For the frequent flyer...
Trinny London Starter Stack, £95
For the woman who's always hopping on a plane, TV presenter Trinny Woodall's new beauty venture offers little pots of multi-use products that you can stack together and chuck in your luggage. To take out the guesswork, select your giftee's hair, eye and skin colour on the website and it will tell you which shades they need. Easy peasy.
For the skincare obsessive...
Gallinee The Happy Bacteria Set, £49.90
By now, we all know that probiotics are good for our health, but what about PREbiotics? Impress the skincare buff who really knows her stuff with this trio from respected French brand Gallinee, which is worth £66.70, and also comes with a cookbook full of healthy recipes.
For the cosmetics CEO in the making...
Beauty Kitchen Raw Inventions Ultimate Invent Your Own Beauty Products Kit, £50
Know a youngster who thinks they could be the next Bobbi Brown or Charlotte Tilbury? With ingredients like cocoa butter, abyssinian oil and beeswax, plus a bunch of pipettes and pots for mixing their concoctions up, this DIY tin could be the first step towards beauty world domination.
For the mani addict...
Dior Diorific Vernis Nail Liner, £18.45, Escentual
When it comes to nail varnish it doesn't get much more posh than Dior, and this season they've come up with something extra special. The brand's first ever nail liner, a glittery polish with gold, silver and platinum flecks, is here to add seasonal sparkle to manicures everywhere.
For the lipstick queen...
MAC Snow Ball Shadescents Kit, £30
Pairing an iconic lipstick with a rollerball fragrance inspired by the shade, this MAC duo comes in the most adorable pom-pom embellished pouch. It's available in classic Ruby Woo red, Candy Yum Yum pink and peachy Creme D'Nude.
For the vlog-aholic...
Zoeva Opulence Eyeshadow
Palette, £18, Cult Beauty
Got a niece or nephew who's addicted to YouTube make-up tutorials from the likes of Tanya Burr and James Charles? Then they'll scream with delight when they unwrap Zoeva's latest creation, the stunning 10-shade Opulence palette, and promptly disappear to try and perfect their metallic smoky-eye look.
For the fragrance fanatic...
Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Christmas Edition Eau De Toilette, £80 for 100ml, The Fragrance Shop
JPG's Classique lady has been dolled up for Christmas in a raunchy red corset and nestled in a snow globe. Has she landed on Santa's naughty list this year? Only the big man knows for sure, but she's still filled with the same much-loved fragrance.