Hair, Makeup and Styling Blog


What women really want for Christmas. The Beauty Gift Guide put together for you. With love from the Joy Goodman Team of Hair and Makeup Artists...

Roisin Donaghy, Makeup and Hair Artist

A Christmas beauty must-have is the Dark Star 006 Version: Dark Matter (above) from Pat McGath, hailed as 'the most influential makeup artist in the world' by Vogue. Dark Matter is a tech-noir smokey eye kit for intergalactic glamour. It features lustrous mutational pigments, a holographic cyber clear eye gloss and a black smudge. Plus liner eye kohl for the future perfect smokey eye. It includes the new blender brush to capture and project pigment to transform eyes with radiant interstellar illumination. Pat McGath cosmetics are also among the quickest to sell out in the world so order now. £120 from Net-A -Porter.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Box

Amanda Clarke Hair and Makeup Artist

What a fabulous gift, Charlotte Tilbury’s Naughty and Nice Magic Box - 'a wonderful advent calendar filled with 12 gorgeous iconic Charlotte Tilbury treasures to prep and prime your skin plus fabulous makeup to sparkle over the festivities all wrapped up in a glamorous blox.' The kit includes: Colour Chameleon in Mesmerising Mink, a full-size purple-toned brown glitter eyeshadow pencil; Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Unleash Me is a full-size deep plum shade with a high gloss lacquer finish; and Matte Revolution Lipstick in Walk of Shame, a gorgeous full-sized berry rose shade with a matte finish. It's a Limited Edition so buy now. £150 from Charlotte Tilbury.

Beauty balms

Buster Knight Makeup Artist

The gift of glowing skin would be an amazing Christmas present. Give a multi-use radiance balm that creates a beautiful natural glowy skin even without foundations and transforms your makeup form 'so-so to red carpet ready'.  Perfect for your girlfriends, mother - and even granny would welcome having a Christmas glow that wasn't from the sherry. Left to right, above, Delilah Pure Light Liquid Radiance, £40, MAC Strobe Cream, £25 and Studio 10 Glow Plexion, £26.

YSL mascara gift set

Oonagh Connor Makeup and Hair Artist

Yves Saint Laurent The Shock Mascara Set is a perfect festive beauty gift. 'Take as a little pressie instead of flowers for the host if you are visiting friends for dinner parties or drinks over Xmas. Everyone loves a good mascara, a black liner is always handy and then you have the eye makeup remover for after the pary. It's difficult to choose friends' lipstick shades as everyone has their own favourites! So mascara wins hands down as a gift.' £18.40 from John Lewis.

Mon crystal Lalique

Alice Theobald Hair and Makeup Artist

Who wouldn't love to be given one of the newest, most wanted perfumes on the planet that comes in a stunning cystal bottle from Mon Premier Cristal by Lalique? Launched this September the Mon Premier Cristal fragrances are fresh and contemporary with refills available so you can keep the crystal bottles. Sensuel (above left) developed by perfumer Karine Dubreuil-Sereni contains notes for the woody oriental including iris, heliotrope, tobacco and tonka bean. Tendre (above centre) developed by perfumer Sidonie Lancesseur is a floriental with rice powder, iris, violet and lily. Lumière (above right) developed by perfumer Alexandra Monet has notes for the chypre featuring tuberose and saffron. €650 from Lalique.

And the Joy Goodman Agency suggests...

lisa Armstrong makeup artist

How about a private makeup and hair (or just makeup) session with one of our celebrity Artists at Joy Goodman? It's a unique gift that any woman would love. Be treated like a top model or an A-lister with your own personal makeup artist (such as our amazing Strictly Come Dancing Head of Makeup, Lisa Armstrong, above) and /or hair stylist either to prep for a special event or to try out new products and makeup. From £200 for an hour (excluding travel). Gift cards available. Call Joy on 0208 780 3664