Boyfriend’s Guide To Beauty Shopping

If you’re in a relationship with a beauty obsessive, you spend enough time listening to them dream about an eyeshadow palette or hearing them rave about a new face mask to know that what they really want at Christmas is probably (read: definitely) more beauty products… 

The thing is, buying beauty gifts when you’re not totally clued up on beauty can easily go wrong… Even after two years of dating a beauty editor, a recent conversation with my boyfriend proved that he still has no idea what a beautyblender is for or where highlighter is applied… So if, like him, you have absolutely no clue, this guide is will give you some helpful tips and suggestions to make sure you don’t mess up.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

If she’s a self-confessed skincare junkie and removes her makeup and applies a face mask as soon as she gets home, then investing in a selection of products from The Ordinary is sure to be a hit. And don’t worry, they’re super affordable, so you can fill her stocking without breaking out of your budget. Not sure on her skin type? I’d recommend this glycolic acid toner – it leaves skin bright, clear, and smooth, so is certain to be a favourite no matter what.

Juvia's Place The Festival Palette

Bright, bold eyeshadow is having a major trending moment, so if she’s one to stay ahead of the crowd, pick up an eyeshadow palette from Juvia’s Place and prepare to hear the phrase “It’s so pigmented” on repeat. If your immediate thought is “She’s got enough eyeshadow palettes”, think again – if you’ve got a beauty addict on your hands I can 100% guarantee that getting an entire palette of eyeshadows will have way more of an impact than one single, lonely pan. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit

If your girlfriend is the type to mark the date of a new makeup release in her calendar, we can guarantee that Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of the brands high up there on her lust list, and if she can’t leave the house without a dusting of highlighter, she really will appreciate this palette – from a pearly white to a warm gold, it has all the options.  

beautyblender blenderdefender

If you’re yet to make the commitment to moving in together, making it easier for your girlfriend to stay at your place is bound to go down well. Designate some shelf space for her in your bathroom and gift her a beautyblender blenderdefender – beautyblenders are notoriously hard to travel with so this will make her life a whole lot easier. 

BH Cosmetics Marble Luxe 10 Piece Brush Set

Brushes make a brilliant gift as they are just the sort of thing someone probably wouldn’t buy for themselves if they already have the basics. However, I can speak for everyone when I say that you can never have too many makeup brushes – and if your GF spends a lot of time washing her existing ones, she definitely needs this 10-piece collection of face and eye brushes as a backup set. 

Revolution x Soph Extra Spice

If your girlfriend is as obsessed with watching beauty videos in YouTube as we are then she’s almost certainly a fan of both Revolution and @sophdoesnails. This palette is a sure-fire way to win brownie points – it’s a perfect mix of universally flattering warm and neutral shades, so it’s a good option if you’re unsure what to get her.