From foundation to mascara to lipstick to makeup brushes and tools, advent calendars are the perfect way to build your beauty collection over the holiday season. A host of beauty brands now package a collection of their makeup essentials in advent calendar formats, helping beauty fans count down the party season while honing their looks. – AFP Relaxnews

Fairytale Delight

OPI is celebrating the release of Disney’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms with a themed advent calendar containing no less than 25 nail polishes to collect for on-trend manicures all year long.

Sparkling Stars

L’oreal Paris has created a festive advent calendar finished in gold and black containing a selection of must-have products. Surprises inside include Color Riche L’Huile nail polish, Super Liner Le Khol eyeliner, Color Riche Matte Lip Color and Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara in black.

Sugar High

This holiday, NYX is counting down with the colourful “Sugar Trip” advent calendar. This new edition contains the brand’s bestsellers in bold shades. Makeup fans will notably find Soft Matte Lip Cream, Butter Gloss and a selection of eyeshadows.

Nail-ing It

Nail polish junkies can count down the holiday season with this advent calendar filled with nail colours. This year, the Essie calendar features seven standard-size products, including enamels and Gel Couture colours, as well as 10 miniatures, a polish remover and six surprises.

Red Hot

NARS Cosmetics has pulled out all the stops this holiday season with its dark red advent calendar with a rock ‘n’ roll vibe featuring 24 mini makeup products and NARS essentials.

A Cat-chy Surprise

The Paul & Joe Beaute advent calendar has a festive design featuring the brand’s signature kitties. It contains several beauty surprises plus illustrations of Paul & Joe’s designer Sophie Mechaly’s cats, Gipsy and Nounette.

Keeping It Polished

This 2018 edition of the Alessandro International advent calendar contains 24 nail varnishes, including one full-sized-format nail colour. The brand also includes four colours specially created for the holiday season.