The Best Beauty Products to Buy in December, According to Our Beauty Director
One-swipe lipstick that’ll get you picture-ready fast, plus seven other beauty buys to simplify your routine.
The holiday season is officially here, and the pressure to buy the perfect gift is on. Overflowing beauty shelves can amplify already stressful holiday shopping. Enter the perfect list of beauty must-haves to cut through the mass amounts of clutter. Whether you need to please the beauty guru on your list or you need to treat yourself before any family gatherings, our curated list of the newest, most innovative hair, body, and makeup must-haves are here to save time—and your sanity.
Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Ruby Lipstick
Inspired by—you guessed it—rubies, this long-lasting, one-swipe lipstick wears comfortably, thanks to rose flower extracts, and has a satin finish. Its faceted, crystal-like bullet helps you stay in the lines. Plus, the festive cases make it giftable. In 12 shades.
To buy: $32; sephora.com.
Pattern by Tracee Ellis Ross Medium Conditioner and Intensive Conditioner
Ten years in the making, this line contains products that give curl types 3B to 4C the right slip and definition.
To buy: From $25; patternbeauty.com.
Strivectin Blurfector for Eyes Lid & Undereye Brightening Primer
Brightens dark circles and smooths fine lines. Apply after eye cream; wear alone or under makeup (wait 30 seconds).
To buy: $29; ulta.com.
Florence by Mills Cheek Me Later Cream Blush in Gorgeous Gia
Dab onto the apples of your cheeks and blend for healthy, sheer color. The cream dries to a stay-put powder. It perks up lips too.
To buy: $14; ulta.com.
Skinbetter Science Sunbetter Tone Smart SPF 68 Sunscreen Compact
This tinted, mineral sunscreen formula makes year-round sun protection easy and elegant.
To buy: $55; skinbetter.com.
Biossance Squalane+ Rose Vegan Lip Balm
A worth-it splurge: This rich, jellylike balm smooths and plumps (without stinging), so lips feel softer despite harsh winter weather.
To buy: $18; sephora.com.
Secret With Essential Oils Rose + Charcoal
The same 48-hour antiperspirant with a chic new look and even better scent.
To buy: $12; target.com.
Olay Pressed Serum Stick in Cooling, Brightening, and Refreshing
Loaded with vitamins and amino acids, these travel-friendly sticks pack potency in a fuss-free form.
To buy: $20 each; target.com.