31 Best Makeup Gifts of 2022

With picks from Tatcha, Danessa Myricks, Rare Beauty, Nars, and more

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Makeup may not always seem like the most giftable of categories, but trust is, it is. Obviously, it’s a choice option for the makeup-obsessed people on your shopping list, but we strongly believe that it can work for anyone. After all, who wouldn’t want to get a high-end highlighter they might not otherwise pick up for themselves, or a pretty palette with color options galore?  Exactly.  Not to mention that makeup is ideal if you’re looking for a smaller ticket item, or when you need a quick and easy  stocking stuffer. That being said, not every makeup item out there is gift-worthy, so we sorted through the goods to find the best of the best makeup gifts. From gorgeous color cosmetics to universally-appealing tools, these presents are sure to please.

Keep reading for more on the best makeup gifts worthy of a spot on your shopping list.

Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer

4.6
Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer

Sephora

All it takes is a teeny-tiny (read: rice-sized) amount of this primer to help up the staying power of your makeup and keep it from settling into pores. And who wouldn’t want that? Best of all, it works with any foundation formula and for any skin type, and (truly) feels like liquid silk.

What Our Testers Say

“As soon as any foundation meets this primer, I can see the texture instantly change. The result is that no matter how closely I inspect my face in the mirror (or how much I zoom in to a photo), I can’t detect traces of makeup, even where it tends to clump or flake over my dry patches. My skin just appears to be completely seamless and even—and also emits a luminescence that has caused many people to DM me asking for the exact details of my skincare routine.” —Sarah Y. Wu, Product Tester

Jones Road Miracle Balm

4.6
Jones Road Beauty Miracle Balm

Jones Road

Indeed, this aptly named multi-tasker really can work miracles when your complexion is looking dull and lackluster. It delivers a hit of moisture and a soft wash of color (it comes in six shades), and looks beautiful either on its own or layered over foundation, imparting a gorgeous, dewy glow. I.e. it’s perfect for anyone who is after that oh-so coveted ‘no makeup makeup’ look.

What Our Testers Say

“I tapped Bronze across my cheeks and nose, and it was like my skin had suddenly taken on its own glowy flush, rather than emanating from a product. It sheers out nicely, leaving behind a soft glow.”—Joline Buscemi, Product Tester

Danessa Myricks Beauty Colorfix Liquid Pigment

4.5
Danessa Myricks Beauty Colorfix

Sephora

Who doesn’t love a good makeup multitasker? This one takes the cake when it comes to multipurpose color, delivering a punch of liquid pigment that can be used on eyes, lips, and/or cheeks with equally gorgeous results. The color payoff is intense (though blends in easily) and the formula also has impressive staying power. And with a whopping 31 shades to choose from—across matte, metallic, and high shine finishes—it’s easy to find the perfect hue for anyone and everyone on your list.

What Our Testers Say

“The Colorfix Cream Pigment is easy to use, and I was able to work it into my eyes and lips effortlessly. Sometimes, multi-purpose products that are heavily pigmented tend to feel dry or crunchy; Colorfix is lightweight and comfortable. I was pleasantly surprised to see that after several hours, my eye, lip, and cheek application looked exactly the same as it did when I first applied it, even with my oily eyelids.”—Khera Alexander, Product Tester and Makeup Artist

Nars Cosmetics Liquid Blush

4.9
NARS Liquid Blush in Orgasm

Sephora 

There’s good reason why this blush has gone viral on TikTok, rivaling the OG powder version that’s so well-known and loved. It’s crazy pigmented (you only need to use a small amount) but blends seamlessly into skin, and feels creamy yet lightweight. It lasts for hours and comes in five shades, including the cult-classic Orgasm, a peachy-pink that really does look good on everyone.

What Our Testers Say

“The blush wore wonderfully throughout the day. The product has not separated regardless of the temperature and has really impressed me in terms of coverage and wear. It looks great over foundation and on bare skin to give some color to my no-makeup looks. It has performed far above my expectations, and I am now totally obsessed.”—Karla Ayala, Product Tester

UOMA Beauty Double Take Contour Stick

Uoma Beauty Double Take Contour Stick

Ulta

Consider this the secret to contouring made easy. The dual-ended stick touts a contour color on one end and a highlight color on the other. Both are creamy, buildable, and blendable, not to mention much more forgiving than powders.

Tower 28 Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer

Tower 28 Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer

Sephora

There are five shades of this creamy bronzer to choose from, making it easy to find the right one to look naturally sun-kissed. It’s also beautiful dabbed on lids in place of shadow or used as a highlighter. No matter how you apply it, it's easily buildable and blendable.

Merit Five Minute Morning

Merit Five Minute Morning

Merit

One of our favorite makeup brands as of late, Merit is all about a clean, easy, simple makeup routine. Exhibit A: this set, which contains one of each of every product in the line. There’s a complexion stick, tinted lip oil, mascara, cheek color, brow pomade, highlighting balm, and blending brush. It’s ideal for makeup minimalists, but everyone is sure to appreciate the killer formulas and wearable colors.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Primrose Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Primrose Palette

Sephora

Both the matte and metallic shades in this palette are equally pigmented, imparting tons of color in every swipe. There are gorgeous colors for both eyes and cheeks, and fun fact, this palette contains almost 200% more product than the brand’s original palettes.

Jenny Patinkin Pure Luxury Makeup Sponge Duo

Jenny Patinkin Pure Luxury Makeup Sponge Duo

Blue Mercury

After just one use of these makeup sponges, we were hooked. They’re made of a pure foam that isn’t treated with any chemicals and can even be recycled. The larger size is great for applying foundation, while the smaller size is ideal for applying things like cream blush and eyeshadow.

Pixi Ultimate Beauty Kit 6th Edition

Pixi Ultimate Beauty Kit 6th Edition

Pixi Beauty

With a plethora of colors to choose from, this palette is all you need to do your face and eyes. To get specific, there are 18 face shades and 20 eye shades, all of which can be mixed and matched to create an endless number of looks. And we’d be remiss not to mention the crazy affordable price; this rings in at just 14 dollars.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk

4.8
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk

Charlotte Tilbury

It’s a major statement to say that one lip color will flatter everyone, but this iconic lipstick does exactly that. The pink-nude hue is somehow gorgeous on all skin tones, a surefire staple that everyone will love.

Riki Loves Riki Skinny Mirror

4.7
Riki Loves Riki Skinny Mirror

Bloomingdales

A makeup mirror is one of those things that *actually* is a game-changer. This skinny one won’t take up a ton of room but will ensure you always have good lighting, thanks to its LED bulbs. It also has a built-in phone holder, so it's great for following along with video makeup tutorials.

Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil

Fenty Beauty

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but so is this megawatt highlighter. Not only is it super sparkly, but the jelly-to-powder formula also blends beautifully into the skin.

BLK/OPL Beauty Tools Kit

BLK/OPL Beauty Tools Kit

BLK/OPL 

For the makeup lover who likes to channel their inner pro artist, this set of four tools is choice. There are brushes, a sponge, and an extra-convenient ring palette, which is perfect for mixing up custom shades. 

PYT Beauty The Upcycle Eyeshadow Palette in Warm Lit Nude

PYT Beauty the Upcycle Eyeshadow Palette in Warm Lit Nude

PYT beauty

This brand earns points in our book not only for offering amazing colors and textures (case in point: this lineup of a dozen, totally wearable nude shadows) but also for its sustainability efforts. For example, this palette is made with 15% recycled plastic and also can be recycled once you’re done with it.

Shiseido Eyelash Curler

5
shiseido eyelash curler

Sephora

We’ve tried lots of lash curlers in our day, yet somehow always come back to this cult-favorite. The broad curve makes it easy to reach every last lash from corner to corner, creating a lifted and eye-opening effect even before you swipe on mascara. 

Dibs Status Stick Face and Body Highlighter

Dibs status stick

Dibs

The name of this brand stands for ‘desert island beauty status,’ and indeed, many of their products have made it to our ‘can’t live without’ list. This hero SKU is a unique highlighter that can be used from head to toe. The oversized stick is easy to swipe on arms or legs for a gorgeous sheen, though it works equally well dabbed on eyes or cheeks. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who can’t get enough of the glowy skin trend.

Rare Beauty Brow Harmony Pencil & Gel

Rare Beauty Brow Harmony

Rare Beauty

We’re not always necessarily impressed by celeb makeup lines, but Selena Gomez’s brand is the rare (get it?) exception. We’re big fans of pretty much everything, but this brow product is a standout, combining a pencil on one end and a gel on the other. It comes in eight colors, but is an especially good choice for blondes, as the blonde shade truly is spot on.

Boxy Girl Original Four Stack

Boxy Girl Four Set

Boxy Girl

Any makeup lover will appreciate a gift that helps them neatly corral all of their goods, and this organizer does exactly that. The four-drawer stack is made from lucite, sturdy yet still sophisticated—and the perfect way to also display your now neatly organized makeup stash. The removable dividers further help keep lipsticks, palettes, concealers, eyeshadow (you get the picture) neat and tidy, and it’s also super easy to wipe clean.

Nudestix Mini Nudies Blush Bronze Glow Kit

Nudestix three piece set

Nudestix

We adore stick formulas for a laundry list of reasons (they’re easy to apply, are ideal for travel, etc. etc.) and these sticks also happen to feature a multi-tasking pigment, another way to our hearts. Each of the three shades can be used on lips, cheeks, or eyes, not to mention that the trio can easily be mixed and matched. Bonus points for the fact that they’re housed in reusable tin that even comes complete with a mirror.

Guide Beauty Guide Eyeliner Duo

Guide Beauty Eyeliner

Guide Beauty

Celeb makeup artist Terri Bryant founded Guide Beauty after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s and losing dexterity in her hands; the brand is all about creating products that are inclusive and accessible to everyone. (Selma Blair, who has been open about her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis, is the brand’s Chief Creative Officer.) Exhibit A, their Guide Wand has an easy-to-hold handle that steadies the hand, a vertical shape for easy control, and a flexible applicator. It comes with a waterproof, long-wearing gel eyeliner, housed in an easy open jar.

Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum

Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum

Sephora

Straddling the line between makeup and skincare, this primer-meets-serum is a must for anyone who is all about glowy, radiant skin. Per the primer part of things, it helps up the longevity of your makeup and delivers natural-looking luminosity. Per the serum part of things, it delivers lightweight hydration and helps balance oil levels.

No matter whether you’re home or away, this super smart cosmetic case—from Shay Mitchell’s brand—is the perfect place to stash all of your makeup. It features tons of pockets and compartments (a must), a magnetic, removable brush holder, and even a mirror. The exterior is made from faux leather that looks chic but is easy to wipe clean; the interior fabric touts a wipeable and stain-proof coating.

Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Divine Blush Duo

Divine Blush Duo

Pat McGrath Labs

Everything about this blush—from the exterior packaging to the powder itself—is next level pretty, almost too pretty to use. (Almost.) Each of the six shades houses two vibrant colors, which can be used either individually or swirled together, to complement a wide variety of skin tones.

Take My Face Off Mitty Mini

The Mitty Mini Single-Pack

Amazon

When you’re wearing lots of makeup, you’re going to need a way to quickly and easily remove it. Enter this reusable remover. Made of super soft Korean polyester, it replaces disposable cotton balls and pads, perfect for wiping off even the most stubborn eye makeup. The pointed tip is great for use along the lash line, while the rounded side works well on lids and brows. Once you’re done, just toss it in the wash and it’s ready to be used all over again, a much more sustainable alternative to cotton pads.

Hourglass Curator 5-Well Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Palette Curator

Sephora

Not quite sure exactly what types of colors they like? Give them this customizable palette, which they can then fill (and refill) with any one of the brand’s 40 eyeshadow shades, across a range of finishes.

Yves Saint Laurent Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara

Yves Saint Laurent Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara

Sephora

Adding up to 200% more volume to lashes, this mascara is sure to please even die-hard lash extension lovers. The luxe packaging makes it giftable in its own right, though you can also opt for custom engraving on the tube—talk about upping the gifting ante.

Artis Elite Mirror Palm Brush

4.5
Elite Gold Collection Brush

Amazon

A makeup brush with a 24 karat gold finish? Yes, please. Not only does it look extremely special and luxurious, the unique shape also makes it one of the most versatile (and easy to use) brushes we’ve ever seen. It’s ideal for applying and blending in creams and powders, and works just as well for buffing in skincare as it does makeup.

Mary Kay Unlimited Lip Gloss in Pink Ballerina

Mary Kay Unlimited Gloss

Mary Kay

Anyone who is all about the Barbiecore trend will love this gloss, which imparts the perfect amount of pearly, bubble gum pink color. Best of all, it’s silky rather than sticky, gliding smoothly along lips and adding tons of shine and moisture, but never feeling tacky or uncomfortable.

Youthforia BYO Blush Color Changing Blush Oil

4.8
Youthforia BYO Blush

Youthforia

We’ve seen powder and cream and gel and liquid blushes before, but we’ve never seen a blush oil. Much less one like this, which changes color upon contact with your skin. (Think of it as one of those old school mood rings, but makeup.) Just dab on a tiny bit and the unique formula reacts with your skin’s natural pH to create a custom-colored flush. It’s super cool and unique in general, and especially great as a gift, as it takes the guesswork out of shade choosing.

Juvia's Place I Am Magic Loose Setting Powder

4.8
Juvia's Place I Am Magic Loose Setting Powder

Ulta

Sure, you could use this as a setting powder, but it also pulls double (erm, triple?) duty as a foundation, concealer, and contour or highlighter product. Also noteworthy: The fact that it comes in five shades, including options for very dark complexions, which isn’t always the case with setting powder.

Why Trust Byrdie

Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has nearly 15 years of journalism experience covering the beauty and lifestyle space for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She’s written countless gift guides across a wide array of topics and categories, and is especially well-versed in anything and everything beauty-related.  

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