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Gifting makeup can be trickier than it seems. Unless you know the person (and their makeup preferences) super well, you risk picking the wrong foundation texture or lipstick shade. But there’s no denying that makeup makes a great gift, right? The solution: Pick presents with options. Think pretty eyeshadow palettes with plenty of colors and luxe sets offering multiple different products. Or, opt for universal favorites, like high-end brushes and tools.
Ahead, the best makeup gifts that are sure to please.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol. 2
Serious makeup girls will appreciate the intensity of the pigments in these 25 shadows, which also come in oversized pans for easy application.
Take a look at other product reviews and shop for the best eyeshadow palettes available online.
Nars Orgasm Mini Set
We know we said to give people shade options, but you truly can’t go wrong with this one cult-classic shade. Here, you get it in a blush-highlighter combo, lip balm, and lip tint.
Take a peek at some of the other best blushes you can buy.
Ilia Discover Clean Color Set
Three travel-size products, including the Limitless Lash Mascara, one of our favorite mascara formulations ever, come in this cute cosmetic bag, along with a full-size multi-stick.
Sephora Favorites LashStash
For that someone who still can’t commit to a favorite mascara, there’s no better gift than this collection of 10 standouts (with options for lengthening, volumizing, and curling), coupled with a set of falsies, too. Not to mention that it costs less than $50, but has a value of $135.
Need some more help finding what you're looking for? Read through our best mascaras article.
Vapour Beauty Labyrinth Eye Shadow Quad
This clean brand recently re-launched with over 100 SKUs, but we’re partial to this shimmery shadow quad, with four flattering shades that can be mixed and matched for countless eye looks.
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best eyeshadow palettes for brown eyes.
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector
Word on the street is that Kate Middleton is a fan of these lipstick meets lip gloss hybrids, which now come in four new universally-flattering hues.
Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best lip glosses can help you find what you're looking for.
Jenny Patinkin Lazy Perfection Petites Brush Set
Tiny but mighty, these four brushes can’t be beat, especially for travel or on-the-go application. The vegan brushes also have two and a half times as many bristles as regular brushes, and a weighted handle to make it feel like you’re using a full-size brush.
Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best foundation brushes.
Milk Makeup MVPs Set
With a primer, mascara, and array of skincare and makeup sticks, this makes an ideal gift for anyone who’s constantly on-the-go—no liquid formulas mean there’s no need to stress about spills.
BeautyBlender the Crown Jewels Blender Essentials
Makeup artists and real women alike rave about this revolutionary makeup applicator. Here, you get four of them, plus four cleansers, all in gorgeous, gem-inspired shades.
Clé de Peau Beauté Refining Pressed Powder
Rather than adding color to your complexion, this translucent tone imparts a subtle glow and fresh finished. But the packaging is so pretty, you may be tempted to not even use it.
Take a look at other product reviews and shop for the best pressed powders for every skin tone.
Glossier Balm Dot Com Trio
Pick three of your favorite shades of the beloved product (there are six to choose from) to create a personalized present. Customization for the win.
Check out our roundup of the best beauty stocking stuffers.
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer
This has been the crème de la crème of bronzers since this first launched in 1984, which is why we think it’s more than gift-worthy. Also nice: There is a wide array of shades to flatter all skin tones.
Take a peek at some of the other best bronzers you can buy.
Urban Decay Holiday Hall of Fame
With four of what the brand calls their ‘holy grail’ products—Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, Perversion Mascara, and All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray—this is great for Urban Decay fans, but also a foolproof pick for anyone.
See more reviews of our favorite face primers available for purchase.
Fenty Beauty Liquid Diamond Bomb Glitter Highlighter
Roll-on glitter is back, but this isn’t anything like the stuff you used in middle school. It’s chic, shimmery, and comes in a snowglobe-like jar that feels oh-so festive.
Take a look at other product reviews and shop for the best liquid highlighters available online.
Lip Smacker Millennial Lip Balm Vault
Speaking of middle school, for a good dose of nostalgia, grab this lineup of 10 of the bestselling and original flavors of what we’re willing to bet was one of the first beauty products you ever used.
Check out our guide to the best lip balms you can buy today.
Surratt Relevée Lash Curler
A lash curler may seem like a strange gift, but not when it’s this luxe option, which features an ergonomic design and requires less pressure than others to help minimize lash damage.
Check out our guide to the best eyelash curlers you can buy today.
Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Edit Face Palette — Ghost
For the fifth year in a row, the brand offers this palette with three best-selling shades of blush and bronzer, and three new hues to create the glowing complexion of your dreams. This year, it comes in a stunning silver compact with a translucent and metallic finish.
Still can't decide on what you want? Our roundup of the best highlighters can help you find what you're looking for.
Simple Human Sensor Lighted Makeup Vanity Mirror
For good makeup application, you need good lighting. Enter this mirror with benefits, which simulates natural sunlight and also offers five times magnification. Plus, the surgical-grade LED lights last up to 40,000 hours.
Check out our other reviews of the best makeup mirrors available on the market today.
Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag
There’s no better place to house your makeup stash than in this oversized cosmetic case. The water-resistant, neoprene material is easy to clean, and there’s also a removable mesh pouch, plus loops to hold brushes and keep them from getting squashed.
The Lashify Control Kit
For the girl who loves making a lash statement, these DIY extensions can’t be beat. With a special applicator tool and adhesive, these give you long, lush fringe, without ever having to step into a salon.
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best magnetic lashes.
Take My Face Off Mitty Mini Menorah Gift Set
Not only is this cute and practical, but the reusable makeup removers are also an easy way to do good for the environment, replacing single-use face wipes.
See more reviews of our favorite makeup removers available for purchase.
Up next, check out our roundup of the best skincare gifts.