What do beloved celebrities Reese Witherspoon, Rashida Jones, Cara Delevingne, Nicole Kidman, and Anne Hathaway all have in common? Legendary makeup pro Molly R. Stern, who's one of the most respected artists in the industry. (In fact, she's worked closely with Witherspoon, in particular, for over 20 years!)
Nothing sends a more shivery thrill down our spines than getting the opportunity to take a coveted peek inside the makeup kits of the elite, and as a pre-holiday gift from us to you, we've asked Stern to curate her very own holy-grail beauty-centric gift guide. Ahead, she's sharing five makeup artist–approved stocking stuffers, five must-haves, and five splurges, so you're sure to find a soulmate gift idea for literally everyone on your list (or, if you're like us, maybe just you).
"This is a list of some of my dream beauty-focused gifts to give and/or to receive!" she tells us. "Some old favorites along with some new discoveries since the pandemic began. But here's my best pro tip: No matter how you choose to celebrate and gift those around you, remember that a great place to start with the giving spirit is thinking about how we treat and love ourselves. When we are generous with ourselves, it radiates out and brightens and encourages the holiday spirit (and beyond!) all around us."
Keep scrolling! Stern is telling us all about her favorite beauty gifts below. Happy shopping!
Molly's Stocking-Stuffer Picks, $20 and Under
This versatile cream can be a softly blended eye shadow, a bright lip, or an electric eyeliner. The color range is incredibly rich and varied, and the staying power is solid. I love all of the colors, but I'm especially obsessed with this shade called Lollipop.
Molly's Must-Have Picks, $100 and Under
Molly's Splurge Picks, $100 and Over
Hydrating and nongreasy, this face cream and eye cream quench the skin so it's left feeling noticeably more nourished. Plus, it's free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, triclosan, and triclocarban. It’s luscious, decadent, and luxurious.
These classic shades can be worn boldly or as a sheer wash of color on your lips. They wear amazingly well and feel great. They're the perfect gift for anyone who loves lipstick.