With salons currently closed (again), getting that glam feeling isn’t particularly easy right now. After all, nothing says glam quite like a new set of nails or some new lash extensions. That’s why we think that makeup really is the greatest gift of all this Christmas.

If your favourite salon is closed then there’s only one thing for it – to bring the glam home instead. Whether that’s a little treat for yourself, or a special palette for someone else in your life. There’s a glut of makeup brands and products to choose from right now, so much so that you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Makeup can be worn anywhere, any time

You don’t have to be going out to pop on a face full of makeup. Zoom calls are now more common than ever for business meetings, virtual pub quizzes, family reunions and more. Entire careers have been launched off the back of applying makeup and creating looks to showcase on Instagram and YouTube. Makeup is incredibly versatile, gone are the days when a full face of makeup meant you were heading for a night out, or about to go for an important meeting. In 2020, anything goes with makeup. Wear it whenever, wherever. You decide.

You can still have luscious lashes

Beauty salons might be closed, but you can still have luscious lashes. The best thing is, you can have luscious lashes and save money compared to what you might usually pay for lash extensions. If you’re new to applying lashes then magnetic eyelashes are a great place to start. If you’ve got some experience when it comes to applying lashes, then strip lashes are a good bet. If you like to think of yourself as a bit of a pro, individual and flare lashes can offer that salon-style look, at a fraction of the price.

It lasts forever (well, sort of!)

Makeup doesn’t go off in a few weeks or months for the most part. The recipient might not want to use it immediately, but rest assured it will be used eventually. Besides, when lockdown is a thing of the past and we start to resume our lives as we knew them, we’ve all got a whole lot of catching up to do when it comes to meeting up with the girlfriends for cocktail evenings and nights out.

Makeup can be good for you

It’s not just your mental health that can get a little boost when you wear makeup, but certain ingredients like avocado oil and shea butter can also help to benefit your skin. Of course not all makeup is good for you, but as time goes by and we move towards more cruelty-free and ‘free from’ formulations, the makeup industry is becoming less of a minefield when shopping for your next lipstick or concealer.

Express yourself!

Makeup is a great way to express yourself. Some people express themselves with a paint brush and a piece of paper – other people like to use their faces as their canvas. Some people like to go all out with festive or Halloween makeup to show off on social media – while others go for a more natural, day to day look. You can do anything you want to with makeup, you can create a look that matches your personality