In our opinion, the best gifts are the ones that can be experienced alongside a loved one. And beauty gifts are no exception! This holiday, share your love of hair and makeup with your best friend in the form of matching products that the two of you can experience with each other. Whether it's a playful palette that lends itself to a wide range of looks or an essential hair tool that allows you to create multiple styles, the fun in these gifts lies in the fact that they can be used in totally different ways to suit each of your unique personalities. Even better? You can put them to use straight away to get holiday-party ready — we've even got a few ideas for you and your BFF ahead. After all, friends who get ready together stay together, right?
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The fastest way to a beauty enthusiast's heart is with an exclusive makeup palette — especially one that's as robust as the Tarte Magic Star Collector's Set ($49). With 25 eye shadows, two blushes, two lip colors, bronzer, highlighter, mascara, and eyeliner, it's easy to create a full-face look for any mood or occasion. You can go dreamy with bronze all over the lids and lips while your best friend can go dramatic with a bold metallic eye look.
Every makeup-lover needs a versatile lip kit in her stash. With a combination of lip liners and lip creams, all in superflattering shades, the Buxom Plump, Pucker, & Prowl Plumping Lip Collection ($32) allows you to contour, define, and plump your lips to complement any beauty vibe. From nearly nude to pretty pink, you both can reach for one of these wearable shades when you're feeling sweet, sassy, or anything in between.
Even if you have no plans to hit the slopes, you can still show off your Winter glow with a seasonal special like the Becca Après Ski Glow Face Palette ($54). Whether you're seeking a natural, rosy flush or your friend wants more of a sultry, bronzed finish, you can celebrate your radiant complexions thanks to the palette's array of pressed highlighters and mineral blushes in both iconic and exclusive shades.
Achieving perfect hair is easy when you have the right tools — or tool, in this case. Maximize your options with a two-in-one hair styler like the CHI For Ulta Beauty 1" Flat Iron ($100). On the one hand, you can go sleek and straight, while on the other, she can use it to create loose waves for a soft, undone look. With either option, the ceramic plates lock in moisture instead of stripping it from your strands for a silky, shiny finish.
Credits: Photography: Diggy Lloyd; Art Direction: Shanna Greenberg; Production: Andi Nash; Wardrobe Stylist: Erin Turon; Hair and Makeup: Brett Jackson & Yuko Mizuno; Models: Casey Diego & Anais Lord