As beauty editors, we feel as though we've been applying makeup and test-driving products for an eternity. We faithfully watch YouTube tutorials, peruse the aisles of Sephora, read up on the latest celebrity trends, all while using ourselves as guinea pigs for each look. We can't even imagine going cold turkey and skipping our everyday routines. Thus, when our beauty newbie friends (as we lovingly call them) come to us for beauty advice, we jump at the opportunity. It's a teaching moment for us, and a chance to share all the tricks of the trade we've been harboring for most of our lives. (As you can see, beauty really excites us.)
When the holidays roll around, we have tons of fun shopping for those "starter kits" and supplies that our beauty novice friends and family can use. It's so fun to help someone build a collection and teach them how to use the products along the way, so we thought we'd share our favorites with you for your own newbie friends!
Scroll through to see our top picks!
This Beachwaver, or the official hair sponsor of this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, is a completely foolproof curling iron. Just clip the hair in at the ends, push the arrow button that's facing away from you, and let the curling iron rotate on its own. Unclip, release, and check out your fabulous new curls. It truly couldn't be any easier.
Perfect for toting in your bag when you need a midday touch-up, this kit has all the essentials you'll need to freshen up. It comes with concealer, mascara, eyeliner, and cheek stain—all simple products that deliver spectacular results.
This set is an absolute godsend for women who want a strong brow game but don't know where to start. It comes with brow powder, brow wax, an angled brush, and (our favorite) a bunch of brow stencils with directions so your friend can find their perfect shape every time.
We could wax poetic about Eve Lom (and we have, many times). This kit is great for skincare novices who are in need of some extra TLC. The entire kit is incredibly luxurious and delivers incredible results. It can certainly walk the walk and talk the talk.
Appropriately named the "Discovery Set," this lip kit has a ton of different lip products, from lipstick to gloss to pencil and even lip wipes so you can't mess up your pout. Genius!
It's really tricky to try and purchase foundation and concealer for your loved one if you have no idea what their undertones are or what formula they should be using. This palette from BH Cosmetics comes with a slew of different colors that can be used as both a foundation and a concealer. Go heavy-handed for covering dark circles and blemishes, or use a light hand for allover coverage.
Give your friend the gift of an amazing at-home blowout. The three-in-one serum and heat protectant make getting just the right look a breeze while the high-quality hair dryer and top-notch round brush take care of the rest.
For the friend who's always experiencing a beauty mishap, this kit's a must. Packed with Advil, hair spray, floss, and hair elastics (among several other beauty first-aid needs), this is the perfect kit to have in tow whether headed to the office or a night on the town.
There are so many makeup tutorials on the Internet, to the point where the whole thing can seem kind of overwhelming. This book covers every single aspect of beauty from the beauty mogul herself, Bobbi Brown.
How's this for interactive? This palette comes with "Interactive Get the Look Cards" equipped with special technology that activates how-to videos on your phone. This way, your friend can watch tutorials on how to apply each product and identify their brow, face, and eye shape.
This skincare starter kit is no joke. It fights 16 signs of aging and restores skin's elasticity and firmness, providing the perfect base for the makeup your friend is going to be a master at applying!
Every girl needs a solid set of brushes in her beauty collection. This is a great starter set for powder, contouring, blush, eyes, and foundation. Just remember to tell your gift-recipient the importance of washing your brushes!
It's not easy buying someone a fragrance since scent is such a subjective area. Now, you can get them an entire set of different notes that your loved one can custom-blend themselves for their own bespoke fragrance. Brilliant, right?
Do you have a friend who could benefit from any of these gifts? Tag them below!