Few fashionistas will turn their noses up at a fine palette of lip or eye colors. If your woman has a favorite makeup brand (take a look in her vanity), start there. Otherwise, try one of the cosmetics counters at a fine department store.
You'll need to know her colors, and the salesperson can help you with this. You might even bring along a picture of your girl. If you go for a lip-color palette, know whether she wears lip gloss or lipstick. They're not interchangeable (although some women do use both).
Round out the gift with a high-quality applicator brush (again, ask someone at the makeup counter). It's a thoughtful touch.
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