So were we, so we called up our good friend, MUA and Giorgio Armani Beauty Celebrity Face Designer Tim Quinn, for suggestions on how to pull together a quick-but-clever gift at the makeup counter. Of course, no matter how tight you are with your mom, picking out products that she'll actually want to wear can be a little tricky. Tim sheds light on which ones are sure bets:
Bronzer. "Blush can be difficult to buy as a present because it's so dependent on the person's skin tone, but bronzer is more universal—and it's timely since summer is just around the corner. The Giorgio Armani Bronze Mania Mediterranean Palette (shown above) includes their best-selling bronzer shade, No. 5, which works on most skin tones, plus four eye shadows that can be used to create a natural look or a colorful one."
Mascara. "Every woman is excited to get a new mascara, so you really can't go wrong with this. And it's nice to treat your mom to a luxurious one. Giorgio Armani's best-selling Eyes To Kill Mascara now comes in a waterproof formula that's perfect for the summer."
Sheer lipstick. "It's easier to pick a flattering shade of lipstick for someone else when the formula is sheer, and I prefer giving this over a gloss because it's a little more elegant. Giorgio Armani Sheer Lipstick has a great range of natural, rosy shades that work on many skin tones."
Makeup bag. "Instead of handing your mom the products in a shopping bag, place them in a mesh makeup pouch, which you can find at the drug store. It comes in lots of fun colors, and I like it for summer because plastic or leather makeup cases can trap heat inside and cause makeup to melt."