17 Gifts Every Makeup Lover Wants This Year
Beauty gurus will swoon over these limited-edition holiday gift sets and makeup must-haves.
Makeup is a huge form of self-expression. From shimmery, pigmented eyeshadows and bold lashes to lush, liquid lipsticks and radiant cheeks, how we choose to express ourselves through makeup is totally up to us and can help boost self-esteem. And for a true makeup lover, makeup products take on a whole new meaning. Using them is a form of artistry and experimentation. Our most makeup-obsessed friends are the ones never seen without the latest shade of lipstick; the ones who are always on the pulse of makeup trends from YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok; and, of course, the ones who seek out (and shell out on) quality products.
For a makeup enthusiast, the bar is pretty high when it comes to receiving makeup-related gifts. That’s why we’re here to help. If you’re looking for something to give to your beauty guru friend, we have some ideas for you. These items—from limited-edition holiday gift sets to makeup must-have classics—are the kind of gifts that even the most beauty-obsessed will be excited to add to their makeup arsenal.
Gifts for Makeup Lovers 2020:
1. Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk Secrets Set
Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk Secrets Set
$$45Shop it Nordstrom
Anyone who is truly obsessed with makeup has heard of Charlotte Tilbury’s universally flattering nude pink lip shade called Pillowtalk. This set features the iconic shade in a versatile pencil, matte lipstick, and three-dimensional shiny gloss to take any look from day to night.
2. Lancôme Full Size Monsieur Big Mascara Duo
Lancôme Full Size Monsieur Big Mascara Duo
$$32Shop it Nordstrom
For bold lashes that won’t quit, Lancôme’s Monsieur Big doesn’t disappoint. It delivers over-the-top lashes in an ultra-creamy formula with a big fluffy brush that helps add instant volume—all without smudging, flaking, or needing touch-ups. It’s a makeup lover’s dream.
3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Your Brows Set
Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Your Brows Set
$$25Shop it Sephora
Do you have a friend who always has the most impeccable, full, and fluffy brows? There’s a good chance they use the brow products from Anastasia Beverly Hills. This limited-edition duo features two of the brand’s top products: the waterproof Dipbrow gel to fill and add volume, plus the Brow Whiz pencil, which creates natural hair-like strokes. Hello, brow goals.
4. Orly Marvelous Minis Four-Piece Nail Polish
Orly Marvelous Minis Four-Piece Nail Polish
$$20Shop it ORLY
Most makeup lovers take pride in their nails, and this cute mini set is the perfect gift for the person on your list who always has the best DIY manis. This kit includes both cream and shimmer shades sure to complement any skin tone, and we love that each polish is vegan and free from harmful chemicals.
5. Palette by Pak
Palette by PakShop it Amazon
For the person who’s as obsessed with skincare as they are with cosmetics, this handy product is essential. This product features five leak-proof wells that hold liquids, oils, creams, gels, and powders in one convenient place, making it super easy to travel with all your essentials. We love it so much that we wrote a full review here.
6. Too Faced Christmas Snuggles and Melted Kisses Liquid Lipstick Set
Too Faced Christmas Snuggles and Melted Kisses Liquid Lipstick Set
$$25Shop it Ulta
This limited-edition lip set comes in four sweet Christmas shades, and it’s the perfect stocking stuffer. Each liquid lipstick is enriched with avocado oil, vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid, and as an added holiday bonus, they each smell like a yummy holiday treat!
7. Kylie Cosmetics Matte Lip Kit
Kylie Cosmetics Matte Lip Kit
$$29Shop it Ulta
Say what you want about Kylie Jenner, but most makeup lovers agree that the lasting power of her matte lipsticks is next to none. The kit comes with a pencil and a matte liquid lipstick that each contain high-intensity pigmented color. Plus, the formula is super comfortable, emollient, and silky, meaning it won’t dry out your lips.
8. Sephora Favorite Makeup Must-Haves Set
Sephora Favorite Makeup Must-Haves Set
$$48Shop it Sephora
If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, this eight-piece set is an excellent deal for tons of sought-after makeup items. It features a full-size best-selling blush, brow pencil, lipstick, and mascara along with a mini eyeliner, primer, setting spray, and more. Each product has been deemed a “Sephora favorite,” so you know they’re good. Plus, they come in a sweet gift box, so your wrapping is basically done for you.
9. Glossier Makeup Set
Glossier Makeup Set
$$54Shop it Glossier
For the beauty lover who prefers a more natural, less-is-more approach to makeup, you can’t go wrong with this set from beloved brand Glossier. It comes with four full-size products—a brow pomade, stick highlighter, hydrating cheek color, and nourishing lip balm—and you can customize the set by hand-picking your choice of colors and flavors.
10. Luxie Face Complexion and Eye Essential Brush Set
Luxie Face Complexion and Eye Essential Brush Set
$$45Shop it Nordstrom
Your makeup-loving friend will appreciate a fresh set of brushes like this one, which comes with everything they need to create a full face beat. The premium synthetic bristles are super soft and make blending out products easy and seamless.
11. Morphe 35C Everyday Chic Artistry Palette
Morphe 35C Everyday Chic Artistry Palette
$$25Shop it Ulta
Makeup lovers can practice their artistry with this versatile eyeshadow palette that features a whopping 35 shades in both matte and shimmer finishes. From neutral shades of taupe and camel to soft hues of purple, jade, and sapphire, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating unique eye looks.
12. Surratt Beauty Relevée Lash Curler
Surratt Beauty Relevée Lash Curler
$$34Shop it Sephora
Any good makeup guru can’t live without a quality eyelash curler, and this one is one of the best. It gently bends lashes for sky-high length with zero breakage or pinching.
13. Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio
$$54Shop it Fenty Beauty
Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line is full of gorgeous, high-quality products that look flattering on a wide variety of skin tones. Gift the makeup lover on your list this cool magnetized trio of matte Skinsticks that can be used to conceal, highlight, and contour.
14. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer Set
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer Set
$$27Shop it Ulta
Tarte’s shape tape concealer has cult status for its full-coverage, crease-proof formula that smooths and brightens to make under-eyes appear lifted. This set also comes with a mini version of Tarte’s beloved Maneater Mascara, which adds length and volume to lashes for a dramatic look. In short: This set is a home run for any makeup lover.
15. L’Oréal Paris Makeup Infallible Pro Makeup Extender Setting Spray
L'Oréal Paris Makeup Infallible Pro Makeup Extender Setting SprayShop it Amazon
When a makeup-lover spends time and effort on their look, they want to make sure it lasts. That’s why they’ll totally appreciate a makeup setting spray like this one. Not only does it extend the life of a full face of makeup, but it’s lightweight and prevents products from smudging or settling into fine lines. Fewer touchups = a happier person.
16. Beautyblender Shining Star Blend and Cleanse Set
Beautyblender Shining Star Blend and Cleanse Set
$$29Shop it Macy's
Beautyblenders are used to apply products such as foundation, concealer, powder, and more, making them a great gift for the makeup fanatic on your list. This gift-ready duo comes with Beautyblender’s classic, skin-perfecting makeup sponge and—because it is important to keep any makeup sponge clean—a solid cleanser that helps eliminate makeup stains and grime after use.
17. Haus Laboratories Makeup Collection
Haus Laboratories Makeup CollectionShop it Amazon
Lady Gaga’s makeup line features a curated collection of products that are all about celebrating self-expression and making your own beauty rules—both mottos that a true makeup lover can get behind. This set comes with three products: a liquid eyeshadow, lip liner pencil, and lip gloss, all in your preferred shade(s). Plus, they all come in a cute makeup bag for easy transport.