Wearing makeup is nothing new, with ancient methods of using kohl and charcoal still in practice today to create the perfect winged eyeliner and smokey eye. These days, the beauty industry is enormous, with thousands of brands selling endless products and tools. It’s hard enough for the average person to try and keep up with all the new releases and trends every year, let alone for someone whose hobby is in makeup application and artistry.
Choosing the right Christmas gift for a makeup junkie can be hard – they seem to have everything already! However, they say that the best base for makeup is skin that is well cared for, so never fear, while they are bound to have A LOT of makeup and all the popular tools, we bet they haven’t got at least one of these gifts ideas we’ve discovered with a bit of research into the elusive world of makeup artists and their secrets to flawless skin.
Jade is a semi-precious stone that is revered for its association with good fortune. It has been used as a talisman for centuries and many people attribute it to having medicinal properties and as a bringer of calm, peace and balance. When it is polished, it is sleek and cool to the touch, much like marble or other polished stones. The main places we see it used in is jewellery, but did you know about a nifty device for preventing wrinkles and promoting skin youthfulness called a jade roller?
A jade roller is just that – a pure jade stick with a longer jade roller to one end, and a shorter jade roller to the opposite end. As it’s rolled along the skin of the face and neck, the coolness of the stone closes the pores while the rolling action massages the muscles to increase lymphatic drainage and reduce puffiness, which helps prevent wrinkles, discolouration and sagging skin. Place it in the freezer for a few minutes before use to increase its benefits. What’s great is you can pick one up online for about $25.
Silk satin pillowcase and eye mask
While most people think of old wives’ tales as superstitious, when it comes to some beauty secrets it pays to listen to your grandmother, who may swear by her silk pillowcases like ours does. We know silk as a luxurious, fragile fabric used in clothing, but did you know about the surprising beauty benefits of sleeping on a silk pillowcase and using silk eye masks?
Silk satin pillowcases are naturally anti-absorbent, so your skin and hair stay hydrated through the night. If you suffer from bed hair every morning, you never will again with a silk pillowcase, which prevents hair tangling in the night. They also reduce facial creases and lines from forming over time as your face slips over the smooth surface and doesn’t drag and fold like it does on cotton. Plus, silk is hypoallergenic. You can pick these up easily online, or any store that sells bedding and bed linen.
Shower head filters
That’s right, just like using your kitchen tap water filter to drink and wash your vegetables and salads with, you can also get filtered shower heads to stop the minerals and chemicals found in water from building up on your skin and hair. Some of the minerals in water are naturally occurring, but they cause hard water and limescale build-up. Even soft water has chlorine in it, which is drying on the skin and hair and can be an irritant for people with eczema and other skin conditions.
Using a shower head with a filter means your hair is softer and shinier, your skin is supple and moisturised, and you won’t breathe in any harmful chlorine chemicals from taking hot showers. While you’re considering investing in a shower head filter, why not look at ones with vitamin packs that can be fitted in them too, for a burst of antioxidants with every shower to plump out your skin. Buy yours online or at any home appliance or hardware store.
A hobby makeup artist probably has all the makeup brushes and blenders there are on the market, and they’re bound to have their favourites too. But have they tried the silicone blender yet? New to the beauty world, many are too stuck in their old habits to give it a try, but there are now enough famous faces and professional makeup artists who are diehard converts for it to be considered an essential.
The rubbery, completely non-absorbent silicone reduces the amount of makeup you need to use, which saves you a lot of money compared to traditional blenders that soak up most of the product. This is going to save you a lot of money, and we all know how expensive good makeup can be. Not only that, they can be sterilised and cleaned really easily, so they can be used time and time again. Buy them from anywhere that sells makeup, including department stores, pharmacies and online.
Learning how to apply makeup correctly does take a lot of skill, and we think the makeup lover in your family or friendship group will love one of these thoughtful gifts. They’re not just a good idea for Christmas either, you can gift them for a birthday as well. To make the occasion even more special, you can also book in one of our experienced makeup artists to do their hair and makeup and give them some tips during the session.