10 beauty experts tell us what they really want for Christmas

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Amerley Ollennu

Want a superior beauty gift this Christmas? We comb the wish lists of the people in the know…

Trish McEvoy’s 100 EDP, £155 

“I was lucky enough to receive a lab sample of this floral scent last spring, and it has become one of my favourite fragrances and I sample a lot of scents. It’s the blend of jasmine and rose centifolia with the creaminess of a leather and tonka bean base that makes it incredibly warm and addictive. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been stopped by women and asked what scent I’m wearing. So I need to stock up.”

Melissa McGinnis, beauty buying manager, Selfridges

Diptyque Fleur d’Oranger Hourglass Diffuser, £120 

“For me, diffusers are the perfect alternative to candles in a treatment room when it’s not always possible to have a lit flame. This one is not only beautiful – it looks like a piece of art - it’s relaxing too. Orange blossom based scents work best when we need to de-stress because of their uplifting properties, so ideally I’d like one for work, and one for home when it’s my time to decompress.”

Abigail James, skin coach and facialist

Cire Trudon Ciel Scented Candle, £78

“Perfumers rarely wear fragrances, as it’s imperative we remain neutral while creating scents so nothing interferes with our work. I also work a lot from home so my environment has to remain fragrance free, too. So for me, scented candles symbolise ‘me time’. This one switches me off from work mode and fills my home with notes of birch, chestnut, musk and patchouli.”

Emmanuelle Moeglin, perfumer and founder of the experimental perfume club

Aerin Beauty Gold-Tone Hairbrush,£66

“My current natural bristled brush is on its last legs and my kit is not complete without one. I’ve heard great things about this covetable gold number. It’s ideal for styling because the bristles are so versatile. It detangles, eliminates static and helps create volume without being rough when backcombing. And did I mention it’s gold?”

Rita Hazan, celebrity colourist and founder of Rita Hazan New York

Christian Louboutin Loubilaque Lip Lacquer in Altressa, £65

“Creating a perfect red lip can be arduous – conditioning, prepping, lining and filling it in. But this high shine lacquer is beautifully low-maintenance thanks to its incredible staying power, the non-bleeding and hydrating formula, and its doe-foot applicator. The packaging is also divine – I’d even wear it as a necklace. Please, Santa!”

Liz Push, international celebrity make-up artist

Glopro Microstimulation Facial Tool, £199 

“I’ve heard this is the best micro-needling tool out there – and I really want it for myself. I’m a huge fan of micro-needling, where small needles varying in length (0.5 to 3mm) are rolled over the face to create micropunctures and activate the skin to repair itself, improving elasticity. I love that this gadget also harnesses regenerating ‘red light’ therapy to further boost collagen production and reduce redness. Geeky but brilliant.”

Nichola Joss, celebity facialist

Decorte Brightlogist Tincture Brightening Serum Concentrate, £140 

“When I was younger, I didn’t really care about sun protection. I just assumed that my darker skin was enough protection against the sun – wrong. As a result, I’ve got patches of pigmentation on my cheekbones and am hell-bent on not getting any more. I’ve heard amazing things about this Japanese serum. It works by using kojic acid to block melanin production. Fingers crossed I get one.”

Anita Bhagwandas, Stylist’s beauty director

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Anthropologie Dinah Jewel Encrusted Headband, £38 

“As my diary fills up, I find myself styling my hair more than usual. Beautiful headbands are my secret weapon and help me avoid breakage due to tight up-dos and excess heat. They hide frizzy roots and add a dose of glamour. This festive number is top of my wishlist for 2017.”

Anabel Kingsley, trichologist and hair health expert 

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, £60

“As an eye expert, I’m in awe of how I can transform my eyes with a swipe of colour.Some shades make them look feline, others super wide awake. Over the years I’ve thrown away many a palette with shadows untouched, but there’s not a single colour in this palette I wouldn’t use. They’re universally flattering and shimmery so they bring light to the eyes – this has to be mine!”

Maryam Zamani, asethetic doctor and oculoplastic surgeon

Byredo Gypsy Water Body Lotion, £44 

“My dry skin needs constant maintenance, and for me a lotion works better than oil as it’s less likely to feel sticky. Finding one with the perfect scent and the right ratio of oils and water can be tricky, though, so I’m thrilled that Byredo Gypsy Water – one of my favourite scents – comes in a body lotion. It’s suitably festive, too, thanks to the mix of juniper, pine needle and incense.If no-one buys it for me, I’ll get it for myself!”

Antonia Burrell, Skincare expert and facialist