The Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide for Women in Their 40s

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Weeding through gift guides filled with shimmery lip glosses and acne-fighting skin care aren’t exactly helpful when you’re looking for gifts to get your 40-something girlfriends this holiday season. So, leave the neon eyeshadow and peach-scented makeup for your 15-year-old niece, and opt for these luxe picks, perfect for every woman in her 40s.

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Amanda Harrington London Buff & Bronze Face Set ($88)

Sofia Vergara and Jennifer Aniston call on Harrington for all of their bronzing needs—the Natural Honey shade was created for Aniston’s specific skin tone—and this clean, vitamin-rich line makes bronzing at home foolproof.

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SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum ($295)

Anyone would be thrilled to receive this high-powered age-defying cocktail for the holidays—consider it the Birkin of skin-care serums—but those experiencing some skin laxity and etched-in lines would especially cherish it.

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Allē Gift Card

Cosmetic treatments for the holidays? Say no more. The next-gen version of Brilliant Distinctions, Allergan Aesthetics’ loyalty program, Allē unlocks access to exclusive offers and rewards that can be used on anything from injectables and lasers to peels and skin-care products within the Allergan family. Even better, you can purchase a $100 gift card for only $75 while supplies last.

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Oribe Gold Lust Collection ($115)

Achieving smooth, salon-soft strands at home is a bit easier with this hair-repairing suite in tow. You’ll receive Oribe’s Gold Lust Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner, plus split end–sealing Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil for your silkiest locks yet.

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Artis Crystal Brush ($250 each)

The ultimate gift for the makeup connoisseur in your life, these Swarovski crystal–embellished brushes are equal parts luxe, unique and effective. Their dense fibers and oval shape take makeup application to another level, leaving behind a smooth, flawless finish with less product wasted.

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Joanna Vargas Magic Glow Wand ($285)

Upgrade her skin-care routine with this multi-use tool that uses targeted temperature and massage settings to take self-care up a notch. Massage settings mimic the natural flow of the lymphatic system, heat enhances the efficacy of your skin-care products and a cool-down mode de-puffs and calms inflamed skin.

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Chanel Rouge Allure Or Beige 107 ($45)

The only thing better than a timeless, nourishing nude lip color is one that’s housed in packaging so chic, you won’t have to bother with gift wrap.

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111SKIN Master Masking Planner ($120)

This collection of six next-level masks is designed to tackle any and all skin-care issues, even while on-the-go. Two eye masks—one for de-puffing, another for tightening—plus four full-face masks to help sculpt, brighten, hydrate and clear skin ensures you and your complexion are covered.

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Hush & Hush Holiday Collection ($85)

For the woman who puts wellness first, this must-have kit includes a full-size version of the brand’s stress-quieting MindYourMind supplement and zinc- and vitamin C–infused TimeCapsule, plus a single serving of vegan PlantYourDay protein powder to help start 2021 on the right foot.

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NEST Holiday Classic Candle & Reed Diffuser Set ($75)

Warm up any home with this beautiful, warmly scented duo. Whether you gift both or keep one for yourself, the classic candle and reed diffuser both set the stage for long-awaited memories to be made.

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Estée Lauder Repair & Renew Set ($78)

Who wouldn’t want the gift of younger, plumper-looking skin? Along with a full-sized Advanced Night Repair Serum, this skin-rejuvenating trio includes a trial-sized Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex and Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Creme.

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NewBeauty Winter TestTube ($29.95)

What to expect in NewBeauty’s winter Tube? Nine full-size beauty products from Dr. Brandt, Sunday Riley, Dr Dennis Gross, Dr. Zenovia, Avéne, Eight Saints, Floetic, Vivi Naturals and Colab—a $253 value! Run, don’t walk!

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La Mer The Regenerating Serum ($365)

This new-and-improved version of the brand’s classic Regenerating Serum was worth the 10-year wait. Think: a lightweight yet hefty collagen and elastin boost (thanks to the new Metabolic Ferment) plus beefed-up antioxidant protection to keep pollution, UV rays and free radicals at bay.

Photo Credits: La Mer
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Elizabeth Arden Vitamin Capsules ($48 for 30 pieces; $84 for 60)

Biodegradable encapsulation technology makes this no-nonsense brightener 178 times more potent than traditional vitamin C. If your sensitive skin is already worried about any potential irritation, natural clary sage, a natural anti-inflammatory, has your back.

Photo Credits: Elizabeth Arden
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Indie Lee Energize Body Wash ($24) and Body Oil ($45)

Tough mornings and dry skin days are officially things of the past with this invigorating, mood-boosting duo spiked with vitamins A and B, calendula and a cocktail of jojoba, grapeseed and marula oils.

Photo Credits: Indie Lee
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Beautycounter Countertime Collection (starting at $49; full collection available for $382)

Beautycounter’s long-awaited anti-aging collection is finally here, and it was so worth the wait. From the luxe glass packaging to the all-natural retinol alternative found in each product (a blend of bakuchiol and Swiss Alpine Rose) picking just one wrinkle-smoothing favorite from this collection would be a crime. 

Photo Credits: Beautycounter
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Lashify The Control Kit ($145)

Not your average falsies, the Lashify brand has brought lash extensions into the comfort of your own home. Filled with two sets of lashes, bond glue infused with biotin, a clear finishing coat and a fuse control wand, the Lashify lashes can last up to one to seven days and are much stronger than your average false lashes (but less expensive than a trip to the lash extension salon).

Photo Credits: Lashify

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