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Shopping for makeup gifts can be tricky, but it's definitely possible and will be much appreciated by your makeup-obsessed friends. We've rounded up gifts that come close to being universally flattering, or come with options, like palettes, so you don't have to worry about picking the wrong foundation shade.
Ahead, the best makeup gifts that are sure to be a hit.
Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer
This best-selling primer is as good as it gets—full stop. A tiny (rice-sized) amount of this velvety balm preps the skin for makeup, yet feels like the last step in your skincare routine. With Tatcha's primer, makeup lasts longer and doesn't settle into pores.
Natasha Denona Mini Glam Eyeshadow Palette
While everyone's makeup tastes may be different, you can't go wrong with this mini palette. This mix of neutral mattes, shiny metallics, and sparkly shades can be used for both casual day and glam night looks.
beautyblender Dripping in Diamonds Set
Experts and beauty obsessives alike rave about BeautyBlender, the revolutionary makeup sponge applicator. Gift this set of two jewel-colored blenders and two cleansers.
UOMA Beauty Double Take Contour Stick
Creamy and super blendable, this double-ended contour and highlight stick is excellent for anyone who's not a big fan of powders. Shading, defining, and highlighting has never been easier.
Cuyana Vanity Case
Help your friend travel in style with this leather vanity case. From the gym bag to a carryon, this case can store just the right number of brushes and makeup essentials.
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Lip & Cheek Oil
Who doesn't love a multi-tasker? This lip and cheek oil is packed with botanical safflower seed, jojoba seed, and sunflower seed oils, and moisturizing ceramides, so not only is it pretty, but it's also nourishing. Dab this oil anywhere that needs a bit of color.
Tower 28 Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer
A year-round sun-kissed glow has never been easier to achieve. This illuminating bronzer balm is made with skin-loving, clean ingredients and looks great on its own, but it's also buildable and blends seamlessly.
Fenty Beauty Lil Fly Stunna Mini Eye + Lip Set
A mini Flyliner and Stunna Lip Paint set perfect for a classic evening look. Trust Rihanna to create the perfect duo for a Marilyn Monroe-like cat-eye and red lip.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Best Brows Ever Kit
If you know, or can kind of guess, your friend's brow color, give them the gift of perfectly filled-in and set brows with this set from Anastasia Beverly Hills. The travel-size Dipbrow Gel, a full-size Brow Wiz, and a travel-size Clear Brow Gel are all best-sellers and together deliver flawlessly groomed brows.
Kosas The Big Clean Volumizing + Lash Care Mascara
This newly-released mascara from clean beauty brand Kosas adds major definition and length. The castor oil, provitamin B5, and biotinyl tripeptides moisturize and repair damage, so the mascara doubles as a lash treatment. Win-win.
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
The Veil Mineral Primer is a game-changer; it makes every other product you put on your face look ten times better. Any makeup fan will appreciate you making sure that their look stays on for hours.
TEMPTU Air 24K Gold (Limited Edition)
Is this not the fanciest airbrush makeup tool you've ever seen? Decked out in genuine 24k gold, this limited edition TEMPTU Air is luxury at its finest. Whether you gift it to a friend or loved one, or keep it all to yourself (we won't tell), we're confident anyone on the receiving end of this makeup must-have will love the seamless and professional-level results. As an added bonus, 10 dollars from every purchase benefits Food Bank for New York City, which is certainly something to feel good about.
But wait—there's more. For the holidays only, you can score the TEMPTU Air 24k Gold Gift Set (view at Temptu) which comes with the airbrush makeup tool plus a foundation in the shade of your choice, a blush in the shade of your choice, a highlighter in Rose Gold, a mascara, and a large canvas tote.
Urban Decay Stoned Vibes Eyeshadow Palette
Add jewel tones to your friend's beauty arsenal with this gemstone inspired palette from Urban Decay. These shimmering colors make for a holiday statement or a pop of color in an everyday look.
BLK/OPL Beauty Tools Kit
This four-piece kit features a stainless-steel mixing ring palette, a makeup sponge, kabuki, and a foundation brush. The set is great for creating custom shade blends for perfect foundation matching.
Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil
"How many carats?!" really is the question everyone will be asking when they open this super sparkly platinum highlighter. The unique jelly-powder formula smoothly melts into the face and body and delivers mega shine.
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Contour Duo
Contour palettes are some of our favorite gifts for makeup fans since they don't require a perfect color match to have a big effect. This bronzer and highlighter duo will have your friend's skin glowing and their cheekbones looking amazing.
Bite Beauty Agave+ Vegan Mini Scrub & Sleep Lip Duo
Soft kissable lips start with a scrub and a reliable treatment. This mini duo, made with all-natural ingredients, sloughs off dead skin while cleansing and hydrating the lips.
Eylure ProMagnetic Eyelashes & Eyeliner System
Wearing false lashes has never been easier. Apply a thin layer of the liquid liner containing iron oxides, and have the lash strip magnetically stick. These lashes can be reused up to 15 times, take just minutes to apply, and require no glue.
Pat McGrath Labs Mothership VIII Eyeshadow Palette
Turn to the mother of glam if you're shopping for someone who wears a cut crease daily. This palette of 10 high-pigment, super-blendable eye shadows features a triochrome color (VR Sextraterrestrial) that looks other-worldly.
Tarte Sugar Rush 24K Lash Curler
Curl your lashes in style and instantly make your eyes appear bigger and more awake. The silicone pad on this eyelash curler protects lashes from breakage, and the diamond motif of the handle gives the tool an updated and unique look fit for a fun vanity.
Saie Dew Balm
Pat on this cream highlighter on the high points of the face for a dewy, glowing look. This buildable highlighting balm comes in three unique colors, including this futuristic lilac.
Kosas Mini Wet Set Clean Lip Oil Trio
Packed with hyaluronic acid, peptides, and evening primrose oil, this trio is as much a makeup product, as it is a lip treatment. These lip oils add a bit of color without leaving lips overly sticky.
Aether Beauty Mini Crystal Eyeshadow Palette
This mini palette comes with four crystal inspired eyeshadow shades perfect for a monochrome look or a touch of sparkle. The shadow formula is made with good-for-your-skin ingredients like rosehip oil.
Kab Cosmetics Set
Everything you need for filled-in glossy lips all in one package. Gift this lip liner, lipstick, gloss, and sharpener to someone who loves a nude shiny lip.
Athena Club Soft Face Wipes
Face wipes get a bad rap for being harsh on the skin, but these soft wipes made with vitamins B3, B5, and E keep skin soft and prevent irritation. Anyone on the go will appreciate these super gentle wipes.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
Don't overlook makeup staples when shopping for gifts! Our favorite waterproof eyeliner has a super thin felt tip that deposits just enough black ink for every cat eye.
NARS Orgasm X Cheek Palette
This limited-edition cheek palette featuring NARS's best-selling and universally flattering blushes takes the guesswork out of buying makeup for someone else. At least one of these shimmery blushes is going to be a hit.
Glossier Boy Brow
Clear brow gel is for everyone, no shade-picking required! Help your friend's brows stay in top shape, no matter if they like them feathered or perfectly polished.
The Lip Bar Vegan Lipstick
Turn to The Lip Bar for extra-pigmented, smooth, and affordable lipsticks. Grab one, or a few, for your bold-lip loving friend.
Ulta Celebrate Your Beauty Makeup Set
Gift this set to someone who likes to have their makeup done in under five minutes. This mascara, blush, brush, and setting spray will highlight anyone's natural beauty.