Makeup Gift Guide

By Rory Gaudette

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The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are the best time of year for saving money on makeup, as brands prepare for the holidays. Makeup can be a great gift for almost anyone, but there are a few rules to follow in order to get the best deal.


Before starting out, make sure you’re signed up for brands’ email listings. Outlets like Ulta email out coupons every few weeks or send notifications for new sales that can be crucial for saving cash. Also, when shopping for gifts especially online, check out the select items that come with free gifts like makeup bags or samples if you spend enough money on a certain brand. Those free gifts can be a great way to supplement another person’s present, or could just be a treat for yourself.


Finally, brands love rolling out big gift sets around the holidays. Instead of giving one friend ten new lip glosses, break up larger gift sets and give each friend a mix of the products. This makes your gift more personal as well as more inexpensive.The holidays are always filled with new makeup launches. Below is your guide to the biggest new arrivals, the best sets to split, and the limited edition holiday must-haves.


New Arrivals:

Morphe James Charles Palette, $39

Morphe’s latest beauty guru collaboration is with viral youtuber James Charles. The two worked together to create the brand’s latest palette, filled with staple neutral shades and more bold colors that Charles is known for using.


Colourpop Jelly Much Shadows, $8

Colourpop, a primarily web-based brand known for its inexpensive but quality products, recently launched a new formula of eye shadow. The Jelly Much Shadows are cream based single shadows, perfect for adding shimmer to the center of the lid.


Dose of Colors Mickey Palette + Highlighter, $39

Dose of Colors introduced a new collection in collaboration with Disney in celebration of Mickey Mouse’s ninetieth birthday. This eyeshadow and highlighter palette, featuring adorable shade names in reference to the iconic mouse, would be a perfect gift for any Disney fan.


Best Holiday Gifts Sets

Benefit Triple Decker Decadence, $39

Benefit rolled out a number of gift sets with cake-inspired packaging for the holidays. The Triple Decker Decadence is filled with some of the brand’s bestsellers, perfect for a friend that’s just starting out with makeup.


Tarte Let’s Flamingle Brush Set, $39

Following in the trend of themed and decorative brush sets, Tarte’s tropical themed kit is a cute twist on the average brush set gift.


Sephora Favorites Lashstash, $48

The Sephora Favorites box sets are always a great way to save money on high end products, and this year’s Lashstash is no exception. With eight miniature mascaras and two full size, all from luxury brands, this is the ideal gift set to split up among friends.


Holiday Limited Edition

Too Faced Gingerbread Girl Melted Matte Lipstick, $21

Too Faced put a holiday spin on their classic Melted Matte liquid formula, bringing out the Gingerbread Girl shade the exact color of a gingerbread house with matching holiday packaging.


NYX Sugar Trip 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, $55

NYX helps celebrate the holidays all December long with their yearly beauty advent calendar. This year’s, with fourteen lip colors, six eyeshadows, and four highlighters, is any makeup super fan’s dream gift.


Kylie Cosmetics Chill Baby Pressed Powder Palette, $44

Kylie Cosmetic recently launched their annual holiday makeup collection. The Chill Baby palette featured cute wintery packaging, but a shade range that’s wearable any season.