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From real gold nail varnish to men’s skincare essentials; the best beauty and grooming gifts for Christmas
Grooming gifts

1. Beard oil, £30, by Izola Prospector

Take the rough with the smooth; soften stubble with a luxurious shaving oil.

2. Make-up brush set, £280, by Tom Ford

A compact brush set with all the high-octane glamour you’d expect from Tom Ford.

3. Silver eyeshadow compact, £39.50, by Nars

Grab your 15 minutes of fame with make-up printed with images from the Andy Warhol Estate.

4. False eyelashes, £19 by Dior

Dior’s Grand Bal crystal-studded eyelashes create serious drama.

5. ‘The Dapper Gentleman’ grooming kit, £105, by Mr Porter and Aesop

A stylish kit of skincare essentials by natural beauty brand Aesop.

6. Vacuum beard trimmer, £39.99, by Philips

An essential bathroom gadget, this beard trimmer hoovers up hair clippings as you shave.

7. Gold leaf nail lacquer, £35, by Rococo

Give nails a Midas touch with 24ct gold polish.

8. Lipstick in ‘mon shu’ red, £19, by Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura

Lagerfeld draws his fashion illustrations in Shu Uemura make-up, now he’s hooked up with the brand. A classic red in quirky packaging.

9. Car aromarizor, £20, by Illuminum

This plugs into your car and can be filled with 32 different scents.

10. Make-up bag, £12, by Topshop

A festive make-up bag to complement sparkly party looks.


Bobbi Brown’s tips: Soap stars

Belllini Lip and Eye Palette, £59, by Bobbi Brown,

I’m a fan of giving palettes in a multitude of colours and textures for eyes, lips and cheeks – just stay away from bold, bright colours that might not work on everyone’s skin tone. A lip palette is always appreciated because you can mix the colours to create numerous shades. However, I would avoid foundations and concealers – any beauty product that should be skin tone correct.

The holidays are a great time to indulge the men in your life with grooming essentials: I recommend toner, lip balm, shaving cream and a moisturiser with SPF. Fragrance makes a great gift – just make sure to smell it first. I also give my favourite shampoos and bath soaps: I love Moroccanoil hair products and Dr Bronner’s Magic Pure Castile Liquid Soap in Peppermint.

Bobbi Brown is the founder of Bobbi Brown cosmetics

Next week: accessories


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