How to give beauty products: avoid the landmines and they can be great last-minute gifts

Picking up a present at the pharmacy can still be a win, writes cosmetic chemist Michelle Wong, but buying facial skincare could be a disaster

Picking beauty gifts can be a minefield. While they’re not all-out bad gifts like puppies, personal care products can end up looking like a pointed hint – deodorant and mouthwash are excellent passive-aggressive gifts for people you hate. Beauty products are also highly individual, and unless you’ve spent the last few weeks staring closely at your recipient’s face, you’re probably going to pick the wrong foundation shade or a cleanser for entirely the wrong skin type.

But if your giftee is a prolific user of beauty products then something beauty-related could well be the perfect gift. Here are some tips for choosing something they’ll love.

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