When it comes to international beauty products, Korean and French women are often the ones who get the most attention, but Italians have a unique perspective on beauty, too. I've been fortunate enough to spend a good deal of time in Italy. I lived in a small northeastern Italian mountain town for the whole month of January 2018, and it was just as magical as it sounds. While there, I made dozens of Italian friends and was exposed to all their cool beauty and style habits, like how they always do a super-sultry smoky eye on nights out and how everyone (literally everyone) is obsessed with all things Adidas.
So naturally, when putting together holiday gift guides this year, I had to get back in touch with my amiche Italiane to figure out what exactly is on their wish lists this year. Want to see what Italian girls want for the holidays this year? Keep scrolling for eight Italia-inspired ideas.
Italian women don't typically wear colourful eye shadow on the daily, but when they do, it's ideally Huda Beauty. Indeed, Italian women have fallen in love with the American cult brand—to the point that this palette is the best-selling makeup product on Sephora.it.
Every Italian girl has a go-to nude lip in her arsenal, and this year, Fenty products have blown up in the Italian market. Last month, this Fenty nude liquid lip earned a place in Vogue Italia, meaning thousands of Italian girls are officially jonesing for a tube.
This bold Dolce & Gabbana fragrance was inspired by Sicily. The radiant scent contains bergamot, jasmine and sandalwood and comes in a glamorous gold-engraved bottle.
Go to any city in Italy, and you can expect to find Adidas on almost every woman's feet. Naturally, what do all Italian girls want for the holidays? A spiffy new pair.
Even if they're not wearing any other makeup, Italians are all about the mascara. This high-end tube is on holiday wish lists from Naples to Milan thanks to its volumising effect, jet-black colour and lash-strengthening formula.
Probably the most famous Italian makeup brand is Kiko Milano, which just released a range of gorgeous holiday products that will be filling every Italian beauty lover's stockings this year.
If you think British women care about looking bronzy and sunkissed, go to Italy. Even in the dead of winter, it's tan or bust. This luxurious tinted sunscreen may be a touch pricey to buy on an average day but makes the perfect Italian-girl gift.