Not sure what to get that special ‘makeup loving’ someone on your Christmas list this year? Don’t worry! I am here to help. As a responsible beauty blogger (read makeup addict), I have tested A LOT of the products, and have taken the time to narrow down my top beauty picks for the holidays.

It’s hard for me to pick my favourite category of makeup. I love it all! However, if someone were to put a gun to my head and ask me to choose, I’d have to go with eyeshadow. For me, doing my eye makeup is the most creative part of my getting ready process. I enjoy experimenting with
different shadows, and love how the same shadows can be used to create a neutral, a colourful or a smoky look.

Below are my top five eyeshadow palette picks, perfect for any makeup newbie or novice on your holiday list:

Urban Decay Naked Palette ($58 CND at Sephora):
As dramatic as it may sound, this eyeshadow palette has changed my life. As someone who always wore bright and colourful eyeshadow, I was stunned by how many gorgeous looks I could achieve using more neutral and smoky shadows. I use this palette on a weekly basis and find that it is the only palette I need when travelling. Whether your special someone is a makeup pro or is just getting into the world of beauty, this palette will truly make the perfect holiday present.


Too Faced Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($44 CND at Sephora):
While I love the way super shiny or glittery eyeshadows look on others, I find that those types of shades sometimes make my wrinkly lids look even more creased. That’s why I love the Matte Eyeshadow Palette from Too Faced. With nine completely matte shadows, this palette can be used for a variety of looks including a day, a classic and a fashion eye look. This is the perfect present for any makeup newbie as cue cards with instructions on how to achieve each of the three looks are included with the palette.


The Balm Shady Lady Vol. 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($39.99 at Pharma Plus):
With both colourful and neutral eyeshadows, this gorgeous and versatile palette is perfect for the extreme makeup junkie on your holiday list. Although less well known than some of the other companies mentioned in this post, The Balm’s products are are all of super high quality. Not only are their shadows super pigmented (what you see in the pan is what you get on the skin),
they are so soft and buttery making them really easy to apply and blend.


Tarte NeutralEYES Eyeshadow Palette ($47 CND at Sephora):
With it’s super trendy clutch-like packaging, this neutral shadow palette is perfect for the ‘stylish fashionista’ on your list. With light, medium and dark shadows, this palette is great for creating both day and night looks. As a nice little bonus, this palette comes with an eyeshadow primer and a super creamy brown eyeliner.


Charlotte Ronson All Eye Need Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Drea’ ($26 CND at Sephora):
New to the world of beauty, Charlotte Ronson (NYC Fashion Designer) has created the perfect smoky eye palette for the major party girl on your list. With four super creamy shadows, this teeny-tiny palette is great for tucking in your purse, making it easy to spice up your makeup on the way to dinner and drinks after work.

xo Alicia

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