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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.
For more palettes, we've rounded up the best that money can buy.
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.
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.
Haus Laboratories Liquid Eyeshadow
Since its launch a few months back, Lady Gaga's makeup line has been a total hit, including this set of liquid shimmer eyeshadows with major staying power. Even Oprah loves them; they're included in her list of favorite things.
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.
Beakey 5-Piece Makeup Sponge Set
You can never have too many makeup sponges, and especially not when they're as good as these. Colorful, soft, and perfectly bouncy, we love these sponges to apply liquid, cream, and powder makeup.
Read reviews and shop for the best makeup sponges on the market.
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.
BS-MALL Makeup Brushes
A best-seller among makeup brushes on Amazon, this set comes with 14 (yes, 14!) different makeup brushes for everything from foundation to eyeshadow. Plus, the price is a total steal; if you do the math, each brush in the set costs less than a dollar when bundled together like this.
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.
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.
Looking for more pressed powder options? We've rounded up the best 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 (and stocking stuffer). Customization for the win.
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.
Matte Liquid Lipstick Set
Six matte liquid lipsticks—made make up this set, the perfect gift for friends and family of all ages.
Discover our favorite matte lipsticks available for purchase.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sick of lash glue? Why not try one of these magnetic lashes instead.
Acrylic Rotating 64 Lipstick Holder
Keep lipsticks organized and tidy in this acrylic holder on a rotating base. With this, gone will be the days of digging through makeup bags (that can sometimes feel like a bottomless pit) to find your favorite lippies.
Check out our guide to the best makeup organizers for your vanity.
Artis Elite Collection Rose Gold 3-Brush Set
Not only do these uniquely shaped brushes have ultra-soft bristles for seamless blending and application, they now come in a festive rose gold shade perfect for holiday gifting.
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best foundation brushes.
NYX Professional Makeup Love Lust Disco Greatest Hits Lip Advent Calendar
From one of our favorite drugstore brands, this is the perfect way to countdown to Christmas. Work your way through 24 mid-size lippies in a range of colors and finishes.
Have a look at some of the best NYX Professional Makeup products you can buy today.