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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.
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 and lip balm.
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.
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.
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.
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.