When you think about supermodel Winnie Harlow, one word comes to mind: island. The model’s Instagram offers a masterclass on how to maintain a post-vacation radiance. Whether she’s courtside at a basketball game, waltzing down a designer runway, or on vacation with her famous friends, the sun seems to follow the Jamaican-Canadian model wherever she goes. Her flawless, bronzed complexion can be credited to her sun-inspired brand Cay Skin, which was born when she realized how chalky and white a sunscreen made her look during a beach photoshoot and wanted to create a line of sun protection for all skin tones to remedy that issue.
Sun care isn’t relegated to any coast or temperature; that’s why Cay Skin makes the perfect Christmas gift for loved ones, no matter where they’re jetting off to this holiday. Naturally, Cay Skin is the top item on Harlow’s holiday wish list, among other self-care and beauty goodies. All that and more, ahead.
My holiday gifting tip is…
Pay attention to what your loved ones are into; what are they dropping hints on? What gets them giddy? What’s their love language?
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For the island gal:
Holiday Glow Deluxe, $116
The golden rule of skincare is always to wear sunscreen. With this four-piece set, you’ll be protected from the sun from head to toe. Behind the glow is a powerful and nourishing formula that protects and strengthens your skin’s barrier with the help of sea moss, an ingredient commonly used in Jamaican culture.
Harlow says: “This set makes you stay hydrated and protected year-round.”
For the homebody:
Forvr Mood Tropic Like Its Hot Set, $143
Forvr Mood, a candle line created by OG beauty influencer Jackie Aina, will kick every other candle brand out of your starting lineup. Upon opening a box of Forvr Mood candles, your nose is met with the most heavenly scent that fills your room before you’ve even lit the wick. The smell intensifies once the candle starts burning and has a strong throw that can be smelled in any part of your home.
Harlow says: “Get cozy and set the mood this winter holiday inspired by tropical scents.”
For the nude lip obsessive:
Artist Couture Plush Pout: Striptease, $18
No Winnie Harlow makeup look is complete without a glossy nude lip. When she’s not slathering on Cay Skin’s Isle Lip Balm, which has SPF 30, Harlow’s next-in-line is this Artist Couture staple. The teardrop applicator contours to your lips for precision with a formula that cools your lips while making them look plump and soft for your next selfie.
Harlow says: “Top off your favorite lip color this holiday season with my go-to lip gloss.”
My personal wishlist gift is…
a gold watch, of course!
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Nerisha is the beauty commerce editor at ELLE.com, covering all things beauty (and fashion and music). She has a penchant for sneakers and nude lip glosses, and spends way too much time re-watching 90s sitcoms.