10 Makeup Gifts for Every Type of Friend in Your Life

Updated 11/10/17
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The Queen of Extra

She is a walking KiraKira app—aka the level of extra we all truly aspire to be. 

It's really only fitting she be gifted with something from Pat McGrath. Her shadows are cream-infused powders that go on extremely smooth and are highly pigmented for that intense color. Here, you'll find 10 shades of coppers, pinks, jewels, and neutrals to make countless different eye looks. Chances are she'll be wearing this when she stages her opening gifts Insta photo, but that's why we love her. 

The Influencer in Training

Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Aura Gloss ($45)

She organically has over 10K followers on Instagram and is currently being screened to be a contestant on The Bachelor. What better product to make sure all her pictures are straight fire than a killer highlighter?

This highlighter from Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder is a high-shine gloss with a gold pearl shimmer finish. It catches the light in all the right places and really adds dimension to your face. It goes on super light and is the right amount of shimmer for a strong highlight game. Your friend will be thanking you and this product for the likes she gets. 


The Fitness Fanatic

Wander Beauty New York Minute Kit ($29)

She is an IRL Yelp for fitness classes and is always up before the sun rises to get her five-mile morning run in before going to work or doing errands. 

This set from Wander beauty is the perfect travel-size makeup kit that you can literally take everywhere with you. It's particularly ideal for when you need to look put together after a workout. It contains all the essentials: mascara, liner and shadow stick, and cheek/lip crayon. 

The Aspiring Socialite

Marc Jacobs The Night Owl Set ($32)

She is on the list at every private party, has never been denied entry at the hottest clubs, and was on Raya before you had to start paying for it. You’d hate her if she wasn’t also the nicest person you know and always brings you as her plus one. 

This Marc Jacobs set contains everything you need for a defined eye look: pencil and liquid eyeliner and mascara. For your favorite night owl, you want to give her something she can carry in her going-out purse for when she needs those touch-ups after a night dancing by the DJ booth.

The Minimalistic Cool Girl

Lashfood Lash Transformation System ($95)

She is the envy of all, the one who doesn't fuss with any makeup but somehow still looks put together in an effortless way. She also doesn't follow clichéd French-girl trends; being cool with no effort is just the way she is. 

So instead of forcing a makeup palette that she clearly doesn't need on her, give her something that will strengthen her already awesome features. This set from Lashfood is a whole treatment that promotes the growth of long and voluminous lashes. You get the overnight ehancer, a conditioning collagen primer, mascara, and a gentle eye makeup remover. 

The Feminist Bad Ass

She is spearheading her own movement to fight the patriarchy—and there's no one else we would want to follow. 

That being said, there's something about a red lip that just screams powerful. It elevates any makeup look and is a universal color that looks good on everyone. This lipstick from Dior has a creamy wax formula that goes on super smooth and has a velvet-like finish. The best part is that it stays on for hours. It's perfect for when she's out protesting or taking charge at work.

The Beauty Maven

Artis The Extravangants Set ($510)

 She is a Sephora VIB, watches every beauty tutorial on YouTube (or probably has her own), and can quickly redo your cat eye in the bar bathroom when you need a touch-up. Chances are she already owns every makeup, skincare, hair, and nail product out there in her beauty arsenal. So why not spoil her with tools to help her master her craft?

The Extravagants set is perfect for that. When it comes to the best brushes on the market, it’s hard to beat Artis—each brush is made with high-quality fibers that feel so soft against your skin and apply makeup flawlessly. You get the elite brush 5 mirror brush set (foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, brows, and lips), a brush that can be used for your face and body, a thin liner brush, tools to clean the brushes, and a scarf—because why not?

The Hopeless Romantic

She refuses to let the pessimists and the horror of millennial dating deter her from finding The One. She's also our hero for not being ashamed to say her favorite movies are Nora Ephron rom-coms. 

This holiday, Julep is offering the ultimate lip vault, which houses 24 shades of their Whipped Matte Lip Mousse. The Julep Matte Lips is one of our favorite lip products for its smooth texture and long-lasting power. It's made with rose-hip seed oil that keeps matte lips hydrated. It's perfect for when she's on one of her many romantic adventures. 

The Wellnesss Guru

Ilia Love Me Do Gift ($42)

She is all about knowing exactly what is being put on and in her body. She's the one who convinced you to put your mental health as a top priority and is the only person you will have a vegan meal with. 

You have to go the all-natural beauty route here, no question. One of our favorite natural brands, Ilia, provides great makeup that rivals it's non-natural competitors. This gift set contains a tinted lip conditioner and the multi-stick that not soothes the skin but gives it boosted color as well.  

The One Who Has Her Life Together

She is killing it at work, knows how to successfully balance a professional and social life, works out regularly, and gets enough sleep every night. 

The only gift that makes sense for her is something that is highly organized and contains the best of the best. The Tarteist Trove Collector's set holds the brand's best-selling eye shadow shades, new cheek and lipstick formulas, mascara, and liner in an adorable, organized case. 

Next up, check out the Sephora holiday gift sets we're obsessing over. 

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