Being the beauty columnist at the New York Times for almost nine years now, I'm often asked my favorite beauty picks. For gift-giving or otherwise, here are a few of current makeup favorites in no particular order:
Kevyn Aucoin Making Faces Beauty Book: My ultimate travel palette, this has all your necessary shades and then some. It's literally all you need (except for foundation) when you're on the go.
Dior Diorific Rouge Khol: A new innovative lip formulation by Dior, the color applies velvety and comfortable (no more cakey mattes). The gold holiday packaging is also pretty killer.
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer: After seasons of ultra matte lips, glosses are making a strong comeback. This one is nothing like your sticky types of the '90s. It's pretty, flattering and a good kind of no-brainer. (See how it works on the image of the model above.)