Best Gifts gets the scoop on a makeup artists favorite’s asked Valerie what some of her favorite beauty gifts to give a fellow beauty lover.

Let me guess: You’ve got a beauty-obsessed gal to get a birthday gift for, but don’t even know where to begin. After all, shopping at a beauty counter can be like falling down a rabbit hole. There are so many options it can be dizzying, and you also know that beauty picks can be a very personal decision. Yet you’ve chosen to forge ahead and for that you’ll be rewarded!

Oh yes, you’ve made the right choice because we’ve called on some of the best in beauty — from top makeup artists to beauty editors — and asked them what they would love to receive when it comes to must-have essentials to total splurges.

Here’s their go-to gifting list…

As a celebrity makeup artist and beauty director of Caravan Stylist Studio in New York City, Valerie Star is a beauty junkie through and through. As such, she’s the perfect person to dole out beauty picks for everyone on your list and we were lucky enough to get the scoop on some of her top choices, beginning with this beauty lovers essentials. Makeup brushes are the tools of the trade, and in Valerie’s opinion, you can never have enough. These beautiful gold gilded brushes by Morphe will help you blend, buff, bronze and highlight your way to any look you can imagine. They are a great go-to gift for anyone on your beauty lover shopping list, and they have an extensive range depending on your price point.

Around $18 to $159 at

Another favorite of pro-makeup artist Valerie Star? This lipstick: Kiss with confidence under the mistletoe, for New Year’s Eve and anytime into 2019 knowing that your lips are not going anywhere when you are wearing Sheree Cosmetics Waterproof Liquid Lips Infused with Vitamin E. They’re cruelty, paraben, and smudge-free but this woman-run, skimps on color!  The vibrant shades will keep your pout looking perfect throughout the entire day, and you won’t get the dry, cracked lips that come with so many other all-day wear lipsticks.

Around $13.99 at