The 38 Makeup Gifts Every Beauty Obsessive Will Want

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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.

Our Top Picks

Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol. 2

Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol. 2

 Courtesy of Sephora

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

Nars Orgasm Mini Set

 Courtesy of Sephora

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

Discover Ilia Clean Color

 Courtesy of Ilia

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.

Tarte Gift & Glam Collector’s Set

Tarte Gift & Glam Collector’s Set

Courtesy of Ulta

 

Why give one palette when you can give four? This set offers just that, with a total of 20 shadows and four blush colors. And let’s not forget the mascara and gloss that are included, too.

Sephora Favorites LashStash

Sephora Favorites LashStash

 Courtesy of Sephora

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.

Vapour Beauty Labyrinth Eye Shadow Quad

Vapour Beauty Labyrinth Eye Shadow Quad

 Courtesy of Vapour

This clean brand 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.

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

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector

 Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

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.

Shany The Masterpiece 7 Layers All In One Makeup Set

Shany The Masterpiece 7 Layers All In One Makeup Set

Courtesy of Amazon

Expand the seven layers of this makeup set and prepare to be 'wowed.' There's something for every makeup lover, including multiple shades of blush, lipstick, foundation, concealer, and eyeshadow.

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

Jenny Patinkin Lazy Perfection Petites Brush Set

 Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

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.

Tom Ford Lip Color Mini Set

tom ford lip color mini set

Courtesy of Tom Ford 

Instead of guessing the favorite lip color of your friend or loved one, gift them this 5-piece set of minis in shades from nude to dark red. They're chic, portable, and deposit the perfect amount of pigment to complete any makeup look.

Milk Makeup MVPs Set

Milk Makeup MVPs Set

Courtesy of Sephora

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.

RMS Beauty Signature Set

RMS Beauty Signature Set

 Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Multi-tasking minimalists (say that three times fast) will appreciate the streamlined nature of this palette, which has a bronzer, highlighter, two lip and cheek shades, and a creamy balm. Add mascara and you have all you need for a full-face look. 

BeautyBlender the Crown Jewels Blender Essentials

Beauty Blender the Crown Jewels Blender Essentials

 Courtesy of Sephora

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

Clé de Peau Beauté Refining Pressed Powder Blooming Cherry

Courtesy of Nordstrom

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

Glossier Balm Dot Com Trio

 Courtesy of Glossier

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

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer

 Courtesy of Sephora

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.

Sephora Collection Igloo Palace Blockbuster Set

Sephora Collection Igloo Palace Blockbuster Set

 Courtesy of Sephora

There are palettes and then there are palettes; this definitely falls into the latter category. There are, count ‘em, 109 shades for eyes, face, and lips, all with an array of textures and finishes.

Matte Liquid Lipstick Set

Matte Liquid Lipstick Set

Courtesy of Amazon 

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.

Urban Decay Holiday Hall of Fame

Urban Decay Holiday Hall of Fame

 Courtesy of Ulta

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.

Fenty Beauty Liquid Diamond Bomb Glitter Highlighter

Fenty Beauty Liquid Diamond Bomb Glitter Highlighter

 Courtesy of Sephora

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.

Lip Smacker Millennial Lip Balm Vault

Lip Smacker Millennial Lip Balm Vault

 Courtesy of Ulta

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.

Surratt Relevée Lash Curler

surratt relevée lash curler

Courtesy of Sephora

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

Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Edit-Ghost

 Courtesy of Sephora

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.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kit

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kit

Courtesy of Amazon

Everything you need for a stellar eye look, from eye shadow to eyeliner and mascara, is included in this kit. The price point is also too good to pass up on.

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

dagne dover makeup bag

Courtesy of Nordstrom

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

The Lashify Control Kit

 Courtesy of Lashify

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.

Benefit Cosmetics Magical Brow Stars Holiday Brow Buster Set

benefit magical brow stars

Courtesy of Benefit

From the brand known for brows comes this ultimate kit that features everything you need for A+ arches. We’re talking five full-size brow products, a brush-spoolie combo, and pro tips and tricks.

Artis Elite Collection Rose Gold 3-Brush Set

Artis Elite Collection Rose Gold 3-Brush Set

Courtesy of Artis 

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.

Charlotte Tilbury Glittering Galaxy of Makeup Magic Advent Calendar

Charlotte Tilbury Glittering Galaxy of Makeup Magic Advent Calendar

Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury

With a mix of full-size and minis, makeup and skincare, this is the ultimate smorgasbord of goodies from one of our favorite makeup brands.

YSL Beauté Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick Mini Star Set

YSL Beauté Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick Mini Star Set

Courtesy of Sephora

A Sephora exclusive, this features five of the brand’s best-selling shades of the iconic lipstick formula, all in a star-shaped box that requires no gift wrapping.

NYX Professional Makeup Love Lust Disco Greatest Hits Lip Advent Calendar

NYX Professional Makeup Love Lust Disco Greatest Hits Lip Advent Calendar

Courtesy of Ulta

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.

Kosas Mixed Metals Trio Eyeshadow Set

Kosas Mixed Metals Trio Eyeshadow Set

Courtesy of Sephora

Sparkly shadow fans will appreciate the champagne, gold, and silver shades of the best-selling liquid formula.

Take My Face Off Mitty Mini Menorah Gift Set

Take My Face Off Menorah Gift Set

 Courtesy of Take my face off

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.

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