“Enhance Your Natural Beauty” is a Darling series focused on highlighting women’s natural beauty and providing tips to enhance what we may deem “flawed” or “imperfect.” We offer beauty tips to encourage women to have fun with makeup and, hopefully, learn to love themselves more in the process.
We all have that one friend in our lives, the one who looks flawless without a trace of makeup. No matter the season, she always has this ethereal glow. She prefers a purely natural look, and you love her for it, but even the naturalista may want to switch it up from time to time.
Today, we have curated a list of beauty buys perfect for the woman who doesn’t wear much makeup or the beauty aisle novice who is interested but doesn’t know where to start. There are so many beauty products available that shopping for them can be overwhelming. Our go-to makeup artist Caitlin Burton, aka Makeup by Cait, has put together a few beauty must-haves and gift ideas for the beauty newbie in your world, and maybe you too will discover some new staples for your everyday routine.
1. Riki Loves Riki Skinny Mirror – $195.00
Said to be the best lighted vanity mirror, the Riki Loves Riki Skinny Mirror is a portable mirror with a huge surface area. It also doubles as a streaming device with Bluetooth capabilities and five dimming stages. It also comes with a magnetic phone holder that allows you to take selfies, quality Youtube videos or follow along in makeup tutorials.
2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam II Palette – $29.00
For the girl on the go, this palette provides warm and cool tone neutral shades, as well as the perfect combination of matte, satin and metallic finishes that are easy to blend and fun to play with. It also provides the staple and neutral colors, which is perfect for beginners!
3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Starter Kit – $38.00
Complete with all your brow essentials including the Mini Brow Wiz, Mini Brow Define and the Mini-Mini Dipbrow Gel, this travel-size brow kit will have you ready in a snap. For the beginner, it is simple but packs a punch!
4. Benefit Cosmetics Badgal to the Bone – $30.00
Wrapped and ready to gift, this makeup set from Benefit Cosmetics comes with volumizing mascara, matte bronzer and a travel-size mini face primer. Just the essentials for the gal getting the hang of how to create full lashes, natural-looking bronze and super smooth skin.
5. Morphe Mist Me, Mist You Continuous Setting Mist Duo – $20.00
This cute set comes with a full size and a travel size version of the setting spray! This mist duo sets liquid or powder makeup for a perfectly, smooth finish. The continuous, air-powered spray delivers an even application with a soft floral scent!
6. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – $26.00
Perfect for the girl who doesn’t like to spend a lot of time applying makeup, this mascara from Too Faced thickens, lengthens and curls after just one coat! Bonues: this mascara is a high-end mascara at an affordable price.
7. Mario Badescu Facial Spray Gift Set – $15.00
For a refreshing and cooling boost throughout your day or just before bed, this spray set from Mario Badescu is just what your looking for. This travel set comes with Herbs and Rosewater, Cucumber and Green Tea and, lastly, Chamomile and Lavender! These sprays will leave your gift recipient’s skin balanced and bright.
8. IT Cosmetics Brush Sets – $30.00 – $70.00
You can never have too many makeup brushes, right? Check out the variety of fluffy, soft and quality brush sets from IT, which literally feel like butter on the skin!
9. Giorgio Armani Armani Code – $50.00+
A floral but subtle scent, it’s always a good idea to give the gift of smell to the beauty lover in your world. Add this luxe scent from Giorgio Armani to your list for someone special.
10. Ouai Leave-In Conditioner – $26.00
This will be a staple in your hair routine after one buy! It’s a leave-in conditioner that detangles hair and protects against heat and damage to reduce frizz and flyaways.