The Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide for Women in Their 40s

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 holiday picks, perfect for every woman in her 40s.

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Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum ($25)

This serum is formulated with 100% stable vitamin C (a dermatologist-loved antioxidant with powerful brightening properties) along with vegan hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and vitamin E to reduce the appearance of premature signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles and uneven skin tone. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to keep their complexion looking as youthful as possible while preventing future damage.

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NewBeauty TestTube

NewBeauty’s reinvented TestTube is overflowing with head-to-toe products (including multiple that that are full-size) curated by our editors to make sure you’re taken care of morning and evening. Friends in their 30s will especially love Perricone MD’s Vitamin C Brightening Serum, which is great for addressing early signs of aging and preventing future damage. Get that and eight more in the January TestTube for $19.95 (a $10 savings) for a limited time only.

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Artis Elite Makeup Brush Set ($360)

Yes, this makeup brush set might be pricey, but trust us when we say it’s worth every penny. Not only will these exquisite brushes last years and years, but their dense fibers and unique shape take makeup application to another level.


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Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion 30% ($119)

Because everyone needs a good vitamin C lotion in their lives (and on their skin!). This pick from Revision, an award-winning skincare brand, contains THD Ascorbate and works hard to kick wrinkles to the curb and give skin a glowy boost.


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Care/of Personalized Daily Vitamins Gift Card ($30-$120)

If there’s anything we’ve learned the last few years, it’s that beauty really comes from within—a healthy body equals healthy skin, hair and nails. For around $30 each month, you can gift a friend or loved personalized daily vitamins, curated just for them after taking a brief survey.


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StackedSkincare Holiday Skincare Survival Stack ($263)

This four-piece set will save any and all aging, dehydrated skin this season, no matter how stressed out the in-laws are making you. This kit is a perfect introduction into dermaplaning and micro-needling, and comes with a hyaluronic-acid based serum and an ice roller to roll tension right away.

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NuFACE Gold Trinity Complete Skin Toning Collection ($325)

If potent serums or heavy moisturizers aren’t fulfilling their age-fighting properties, it might be time to bring in the big guns. With consistent use for 5 minutes every day, this high-tech beauty device will help improve facial contour, tone and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

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Nuria Beauty Defend and Hydrate Perfect Winter Routine Gift Set ($110)

Bring skin back to life with this 4-piece skin care set from Nuria Beauty. An exfoliator, eye cream, micellar water and nighttime jelly treatment are really all you need to fight against the frigid, drying winter temps this season.

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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).


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Drybar Glitter Gang Limited Edition Kit ($172)

Okay, yes, this haircare set does involve some glitter, but don’t be deceived by the girlish packaging—this 7-piece set is made for the busy woman with no time to run to the hair salon. The sparkly blow dryer is more powerful than it looks (it offers smooth blowouts in 20% less time) and the dry-shampoo and texturizing spray are TSA-approved and ready for holiday traveling.

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