For your best gal pal, closest sister or even something for yourself, here are our top picks from Christmas 2019’s best holiday makeup collections.
Decked in gold and shimmer, the small yet well-curated collection is what you need to dazzle at any gathering this season.
Our Pick: Chantecaille Eclat Brilliant, $150
A luminous lightweight powder highlighter that gives skin a subtle golden shimmer with added skin-loving ingredients like green tea and rice bran soothe skin. Dust along the cheekbones, collar bones or decolletage.
Available at the Chantecaille counter.
Our Pick: Eclat Magnetique De Chanel in Metal Peach, $103
This iridescent powder – reminiscent of a vintage Chanel button – will help you on your way to a luminous complexion. Chanel’s global creative makeup and colour designer Lucia Pica says to use a brush to diffuse the powder, creating a halo of light around the eyes before or after eyeshadow application “for a fresh approach to highlighting”.
Available at Chanel Beauty boutiques and counters.
The makeup collection takes its inspo from brilliant and hypnotising fireworks in the night sky. Dare to wear colour and get ready to put on a memorable show.
Our Pick: Dior 5 Couleurs Happy 2020, $107 each
From golden shimmer to dazzling pink and purple hues, it’s time to put your eyes in the spotlight as you ring in 2020. Choose from two variants – fun and vibrant 007 Party in Colours and oozing with glamour 017 Celebrate in Gold.
Available at Dior Beauty boutiques and counters.
Inspired by the kimono, Cle de Peau Beaute has collaborated with master kimono-maker Kyoto Tachibana to create the most intricate and gorgeous packaging for its holiday collection.
Our Pick: Cle de Peau Beaute Eye Shadow Quad in #320 Draped in Velvet, $110
All you need is this one beautiful palette: three eyeshadows and a midnight black eyeliner to get the most allure-worthy eyes. Each shade glides gently across the lids while staying vibrant and luminous as you party on.
Available at Cle de Peau Beaute boutique and counters.
A starry-eyed capsule collection centred around the luxury fashion brand’s star motif. This “High On Stars” collection boasts lots of sparkle and shine.
Our Pick: Yves Saint Laurent Beaute The Face & Eye Palette – High On Stars Edition For Starry Nights, $129
This all-in-one palette boasts new exclusive shades created by Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Global Beauty Director Tom Pecheux, for the face and eyes. It comes with two highlighters to illuminate the complexion, a cream blusher for flushed and radiant cheeks, as well as four eyeshadows for an elegant smoky eye look.
Available at Yves Saint Laurent Beaute boutiques and counters.
Radiating joyful energy and inspired by Gucci’s signature “imperfect beauty” philosophy, the new Rouge a Levres Lunaison duo is all about self-expression.
Our Pick: Gucci Beauty Rouge a Levres Lunaison in 25 Goldie Red, $53
Let your inner starlet shine in this specially chosen shade by Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele. Infused with three types of glitter, it gives the lips three-dimensional sparkle and intense colour. For fuss-free colour, apply straight from the tube. For precise, defined lips, use a lip brush. But remember: bold and intense is how you’re supposed to wear it.
Available at Gucci boutiques and counters.
Go behind the velvet ropes of Studio 54 with the Nars holiday collection. Channelling the vibrant party scene of the famed nightclub, the collection is full of shimmery finishes and provocative colours.
Our Pick: Nars Star Scene Palette, $70
Recreate your memories on the dance floor with this flush-inducing blusher and highlighter palette, for a post-dancing flush.
Available at Nars boutiques and counters.
Our Pick: Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks, $42 each
For lipstick lovers, these Rouge Unlimited lipsticks are just what’s needed. There are four options – Unlimited Matte, Unlimited Amplified, Unlimited Amplified Matte and Unlimited Lacquer Shine, with each range boasting new limited-edition shades. And with Pikashu adorning the lipstick packaging, whichever shade you choose will be sure to give you that shot of energy and help you win the beauty battle.
Available at Shu Uemura boutiques and counters.
Just like Rudolph, it’s time to celebrate your individuality with this playful colour collection.
Our Pick: Etude House Red-Nosed Reindeer Play Color Eyes Mini Palette, $29
You don’t have to break the bank to look great. A palette full of berry, champagne and bronze hues, it’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Plus, the shearling cover gives a fun and surprising touch for the young and young at heart.
Available at Etude House boutiques.
If wintery Christmas carols could be made into a design, this would be it. Done in collaboration with renowned Dutch artist Jordy Van Den Nieuwendijk, this cheery collection will brighten your day. Best bit? With every product from the brand’s 2019 Green Holidays collection sold, you get to buy a DIY Paper Speaker Kit for just $2. And with every Paper Speaker Kit sold, Innisfree will donate $2 to the Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore to support children and families affected by cancer.
Our Pick: Innisfree Mood Up Party Palette, $55
Available at Innisfree boutiques.
An opulent collection filled with glitter, shimmer and shiny finishes in rich hues of plum, pinot and garnet.
Our Pick: M.A.C Starring You Kiss of Stars Lipstick, $40 each
A constellation of six glitzy and eye-catching shades, this lipstick collection not only delivers an explosion of colour but also gives lips a high-shine and pearlescent finish for a kissable pout. The star-embossed, stardust-covered bullet is a highlight on its own.
Available at M.A.C boutiques and counters.
Working again with Japanese artist Edenworks, the 2019 Royal Collection reflects one’s potential within, be it from flowers that bloom to the quiet strength and inner beauty of women everywhere.
Our Pick: Kose Infinity Royal Flower Collection VIII Compact Powder SPF25/PA++, $88
A multi-coloured powder compact, it gives the complexion a luminous glow. What we really like: the applicator puff contains hyaluronic acid and collagen, helping to hydrate the skin for a dewy and flawless finish. The gorgeous flower motif also lends an elegant touch, making this a pretty compact in any makeup bag.
Available at Kose counters.