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    Feb 12, 2020

    32 Little Gifts To Give Your Friend Who Loves Makeup

    I couldn't *makeup* how great these products are if I tried.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Tarte's Shape Tape Contour Concealer, which they've likely been eyeing for months now and will be so excited to finally learn what the hype is about. Let me tell you — this'll live up to it.

    Tarte

    Promising review: "Best concealer till time!! Just love the consistency. Can be worn without powder to give a dewier look! Love the travel size. Medium to high coverage! Would definitely recommend!" —Mehwish K.

    Get it from Tarte for $10 (available in 30 shades).

    2. A purrfect headband with adorable ears attached to keep their hair out of the way while they wash their face or apply their makeup.

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    Promising review: "I am so so happy with this headband. I had been eyeing it for a while, and when I got serious about my skincare regimen, I decided to buy it. It makes me excited to do my routine, and it's super cute!" —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $4.70.

    3. A Makeup Eraser cloth they'll wonder how they lived this long without after seeing how it magically takes ALL of their makeup off with just a few swipes.

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    I have one of these bad boys, and they even take off Kylie lip kits — a true feat.

    Promising review: "YESS!!! I cannot LIVE without this product. I have always had pretty bad acne, and every product I’d use would result in either a breakout or just constant irritation. This product can be used with JUST WATER to get literally all of your makeup off with zero skin irritations! I use it in the a.m. and p.m., and one rag will usually last me a full seven days before needing a wash. I have about three or four of these because I cannot live without them. My acne has become a lot better from this, as opposed to using cleaners and crazy products on my skin. Who knew a clean rag and water could actually do so much?!?" —Nina Aristo

    Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in a variety of styles).

    Psst! This won for the mid-priced best makeup remover on BuzzFeed Reviews, too!

    4. Gold under-eye collagen masks they can wear while prepping their morning coffee to de-puff after they "accidentally" stayed up all night bingeing something new on Netflix.

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    Promising review: "These eye masks are absolutely amazing! I have hereditary dark circles under my eyes, as well as slight bags from being a mother of four. Eye creams do absolutely nothing for me, and I gave these a try just on a whim, not really expecting much. But they really work! The results aren't permanent, but I put these on for about an hour in the evening while I relax and watch TV, and my under-eyes are much lighter and less puffy. I absolutely love these eye masks, and I will never be without them again." —Kate Johnson

    Get a pack of 12 pairs from Amazon for $22.

    5. Glow Recipe's collab with To All the Boys I've Loved Before, for your bestie who loves rom-coms as much as skincare and hasn't stopped fantasizing about Peter Kavinsky coming over for a spa day since the day they laid eyes on him. The mist will perfectly prep their skin right before they apply any makeup, and the mask contains an anti-inflammatory to soothe their face overnight, leaving it makeup-ready come the a.m.

    glowrecipe / Via instagram.com

    What better way to celebrate the latest installment of To All the Boys I've Loved Before than with this Glow Recipe duo? Your bestie will be gushing over this gift until the third film comes out! The set comes with a Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask and a Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist.

    Promising review: "The mist is a full-size product and the sleeping mask is 0.8 oz, so it's a great size for the price! The packaging is adorable. It's not the typical light pink; it's a beautiful Barbie pink! I love the bag, too — it's durable and cute. I don't like watermelon, but the scent of this is like candy, sweet, but not overwhelmingly watermelon." —tangerine11

    Get it from Sephora for $39.

    6. A Leneige lip sleeping mask that'll moisturize their lips overnight after their day of wearing drying liquid lipstick, and have them ready to pucker up from the moment they wake up. Sleeping Beauty has nothin' on 'em.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Favorite. Lip product. EVER! I have a horrible, horrible, horrible habit of picking at my dry, flaky lips. When I say 'horrible,' I mean horrible — if there is one bit of flaky skin, I pick at it. I would say that 95% of the time, my lips have had bloody blotches and been completely raw from being picked at nonstop (thanks a lot, anxiety). That being said, I really wish I had taken 'before' photos to show how amazing this stuff really is, because seriously, it's that great. Seriously, my lips have never looked better. I will be recommending this to anyone and everyone who needs a lip product, and making sure I always have this on hand. The little spatula it comes with is also really handy (and cute)." —brendaleigh

    Get it from Amazon for $13.33+ (available in four scents).

    7. Clump-free mascara with a lightweight and long-lasting formula that may have people asking them if they recently got eyelash extensions. Joke's on them!

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this mascara. I have very sensitive eyes and am highly devoted to my trusted brands. When a friend suggested this mascara, I was curious because she loved it. For the price point and how good it looked on her eyes, I thought, Why not? Holy moly. I'm in love. It makes my lashes longer — looks like I'm natural, but better — and has a thinner formula, so it looks like I have a billion gorgeous lashes, and looks the same all day long. I cannot recommend this enough. It doesn't rub during the day and give me that black-eye look. It's wonderful. A must-buy." —Katherine Ochsman

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    8. A waterproof eyeshadow primer to keep their carefully blended eyeshadow in place — they'll definitely *thank you later* for this precious present.

    @elizabethmott / Via instagram.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "So let me start by saying I have used nearly every eyeshadow primer available. From high end to low...they don't hold a candle to Thank Me Later. I have very oily skin. Using this primer, shadow lasts a full eight hours or more. I could get maybe five or six out of the other brands if I was lucky. I got this as a sample in my Ipsy bag, and I had to buy the full-size product straight away! I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Thank you, Elizabeth Mott, for finally making a primer that lasts! I love this stuff!" —Melissa Mae

    Get it from Amazon for $13.48. Paraben- and cruelty-free.

    9. A stunning oil-infused lipstick from Yves Saint Laurent in a gorgeous golden tube they'll be so excited over, they may just want to leave it on display instead of using it.

    yslbeauty / Via instagram.com, Sephora

    Promising review: "This is the best lipstick I have ever worn. I have very dark, pigmented lips naturally, and they tend to be very dry/cracked, so I am really not a lipstick girl. But this lipstick is such a game changer. It is so smooth and feels more like a lip balm. Definitely worth the splurge!" —allybriegel

    Get it from Sephora for $38 (available in 19 shades).

    10. An NYX matte-finish setting spray to make sure the hour they spent perfectly applying primer, concealer, and highlighter doesn't go to waste.

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    This spray has a matte formula, meaning it won't turn your makeup into a greasy or oily mess.

    Promising review: "This spray is everything! Like, oh my gosh. I notice the difference if I forget to spray this on. I've walked through the humid city of New Orleans in the middle of July, and my makeup stayed on from the time I got to work and was mostly still there by the time I got home, which was nine hours later. I can't rave enough about this, and I'm very picky when it comes to makeup." —missyj95

    Get it from Amazon for $6.89.

    11. A set of five nail polishes and a top coat so they can create one of those trendy ombré manicures without heading out to a pricey salon.

    Olive & June

    I recently tried Olive & June's nail polish and was quite impressed. It went on very smoothly and didn't chip even after a week! I love how these colors will work all year long. This brand is also proudly 7-free, which means it doesn't contain harmful chemicals found in many polishes.

    Get it from Olive & June for $40 (available in six styles).

    12. A pore minimizing primer from Touch in Sol that'll leave their skin looking smooth, soft, and flawless. Oh, and their makeup will stay put all day long! Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have been searching for years for a good makeup primer that will help combat my oily skin and large pores. I read a bunch of reviews for this primer and decided to give it a try. BEST decision ever. This primer goes on so smoothly and fills in my pores perfectly. I let it sit for a few minutes before putting on my makeup, which I think helps (could just be me). I would highly recommend this primer for anyone with oily skin...it's a lifesaver and a steal for the price!!" —Sarah Rose

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90.

    13. A Winky Lux flower balm they'll find simply magical when it goes on clear, then blossoms into the perfect shade of pink as it combines with their natural pH level.

    Winky Lux

    My sister and I have this fun lil' lip balm, and we love it! The flower inside is as pretty as the shade of pink it creates. I like minimal makeup, so this product has been a slam dunk for me.

    Promising review: "The flower balm is my absolute favorite product from Winky Lux! It creates the perfect tinted lip and keeps them moisturized!" —Katie B.

    Get it from Winky Lux for $16 (available in five flower colors).

    14. A brightening facial scrub from Acure with sea kelp and French green clay to soften and cleanse their skin so they'll have a clear canvas to continue experimenting with all kinds of makeup artistry.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I LOOOOOVE this scrub! I saw it in a BuzzFeed article about affordable facial products that really work, and had to buy! It’s eco-friendly, and gentle enough to use a couple times a week. My skin glows!!!" —MelbaToasty

    Get it from Amazon for $7.64.

    15. A set of nail stickers that'll let them add a lil' extra ~pizzazz~ to their at-home mani.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Olive & June

    I recently snagged these nail stickers, and it was such a fun way to add a little *somethin'-somethin'* to my manicure. I love doing my own nails but also enjoy the added flair of getting a fancy, artsy mani. These stickers check that box without breaking the bank — perfect for your pal who loves getting creative with their nails.

    Get them from Olive & June or Target for $7.50.

    16. Morphe's Icy Fantasy Artistry Palette, complete with 35 colors to choose from — hope your buddy isn't too indecisive, because all of these shades are fabulous.

    morphebrushes / Via instagram.com, morphebrushes / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this palette. The pastel colors are so beautiful. I see a lot of people saying that you really need to pack them on, but I am VERY pale skinned, and these colors are so vivid when I put just a single layer on. They blend beautifully, and the shimmers add a lot of dimension as well. Definitely worth the purchase for me." —HeatherS

    Get it from Ulta for $25.

    17. Chapstick Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub, which they can use to heal their cracked lips (thanks a lot, winter!) and as a primer before applying their favorite lipstick.

    Amazon

    Promising review: “I LOVE THIS STUFF. It provides total hydration and really does give my lips a smoother, fuller appearance. I will be back for more and also plan on using some of these as stocking stuffers.” —L.A. Bella Peace

    Get it from Amazon for $5.18.

    18. Glossier's Cloud Paint, which will add a touch of color to your pal's cheeks with a quick swipe of lotionlike formula. Powdered blush? IDK her.

    Glossier, Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    My colleague Sarah Han (as well as MANY other BuzzFeeders) is a big fan of this product. This is what she had to say:

    "I wasn't a blush person until I met Cloud Paint. Any other attempts at wearing blush always looked super unnatural and accented redness on my face that would, as you might guess, populate in the cheek areas. It was always too much or too little, no in between. Little did I know I needed to say goodbye to powder blushes and let ~gel-cream~ blush into my life. The gel-cream formula just blends so seamlessly, like no other blush I've ever used, and it's a piece of cake to use. It doesn't make pores look more apparent and just gliiiiides over your skin for a dewy-looking flush. And if I have too many glasses of wine, I can blame any flush on the blush."

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in six shades).

    19. A winged eyeliner stamp if they love to watch makeup tutorials but haven't been able to nail liquid eyeliner just yet.

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    Promising review: "Let me start by saying this isn't my first cat eye rodeo. I've tried the taping method, normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out...but to my surprise, I put the left cat eye on first and it was perfect. I thought this was a fluke and did the right eye...again, it came out clean and perfect! I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES, LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There were no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean, crisp line. I can now do a cat eye EVERY day and look/feel like a badass. Everyone can think I spend hours doing my makeup in the morning." —LadyMeow

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.97.

    20. An ice roller, which is said to help decrease under-eye puffiness, minimize fine lines, and shrink the look of pores to help your makeup appear smoother and last longer.

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    This is my favorite thing to start my pampering with, but I also use it in the morning before I apply any makeup. All you have to do is pop the separate roller piece into your freezer and you'll be ready to de-puff in no time.

    Promising review: "I use this for my face in the mornings as well as relief for plantar fasciitis. This tool is easy to clean and easy to use. The roller brightens my face every morning and wakes me up. I think my makeup goes on and lasts longer after I use this product in the mornings." —LP

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in five colors).

    21. A black-sugar strawberry wash-off face mask — perfect for relaxing with an at-home spa night after the chaos of the week is over and letting your face recover from all the makeup you've worn the last five days.

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    My colleague AnaMaria Glavan spoke highly of this mask. She said:

    "The black-sugar 'seeds' exfoliate the crap (literally) out of your skin and get all the gunk out of your pores but don't dry it out to the point where your forehead is crying 'Moisturize me' in a hoarse whisper. Plus, the scent of strawberries actually makes my mouth water. It's berry amazing. Ultimately, my skin feels smoother, doesn't feel tight, and looks brighter because of the vitamin C ingredients. My blackhead-ridden nose is, in particular, forever in debt to this amazing mask."

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    22. And a set of face mask brushes for anyone who already seems to have every beauty gadget on the market.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love these! I no longer dread putting on my face products. I was using my fingers to apply the product to my face, but it was so messy and got in my nails, too. When I came across these silicone brushes, I knew I had to have them. They are amazing, and the low price is a steal. These brushes really changed my routine. I use my facial products more often because I'm no longer worried about the annoying mess. The silicone brush is very flexible and spreads the product on my face nicely. Cleaning the brush is a simple task — just rinse and pat dry. Highly recommended!" —Wells Family

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $3.98.

    23. Glossier's Boy Brow, because who wouldn't want flawless eyebrows every day?

    Glossier

    My coworker AnaMaria Glavan is passionate about this product. Here's what she had to say:

    "Believe the hype: This magic bottle is proof that not all heroes wear capes. The creamy formula, which comes in Blond, Black, Clear, and Brown (which is what I used!), goes on smoothly and doesn’t require a lot of product to do the job. I used the wand to brush baby hairs in the beginning/middle of my brow upward, and then brushed the longer, toddlerlike hairs at the end of my eyebrows sideways. And one coat was more than enough! Boy Brow does exactly what the Glossier brand claims to do: It gives me a filled-in eyebrow that doesn’t look filled in. The finish looks natural, which is exactly what I wanted — my facial caterpillars have never looked better."

    Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in four shades).

    24. A dazzling set of unicorn-inspired makeup brushes that'll leave them feeling like a mystical beauty every morning.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Honestly, it took me a week and a half to use these because THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. I couldn't even bring myself to dirty them with makeup. But then I finally did. AND THEY ARE AMAZING. HEAVENLY. Seriously, they apply makeup so well, it is insane. I have never experienced a brush this nice before, and I own $100 brush sets. No joke. I expected these to be subpar, since they were so inexpensive. I literally bought them just because they are pretty. TURNS OUT THEY ARE THE NICEST BRUSHES EVER. " —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $7.99.

    25. Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind concealer to brighten their under-eyes and help them disguise the fact that their "Sunday scaries" kept them up way past their bedtime.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I am a makeup snob. I have stupidly high standards for cosmetic performance, and drugstore brands have let me down every single time I've given them a shot. So when I graduated from CoverGirl to Sephora after college, I never looked back. My kit is full of Dior and YSL foundation, Armani concealer, Benefit brighteners, etc. But this thing is truly great. The sponge applicator is better than you think. First, it's antimicrobial, so you don't have to worry about the hygiene aspect. Second, its ability to blend the product is outstanding. The concealer itself doubles as a highlighter, it looks good without primer, and it lasts so much longer than you'd expect." —Sarita

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in 18 shades).

    Check out our full review of Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser concealer here.

    26. An eyelash curler from Tweezerman that your pal will be able to rely on for flawless lashes — and it's pink!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I like this one. I'm picky about eyelash curlers and use one every day. This one gets the job done and isn't very punchy. It also came with several replacement pads." —Uva Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    27. A double-sided lip brush so they can scrub away any dead skin before applying their fave lipstick for a flawless, smooth pout.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I never really understood the value of exfoliating my lips until I did it the first time. Now I am addicted! The difference when putting on lipstick is night and day, and it makes your lips look soft and lush. Using this tool with a lip scrub is not only essential for your makeup routine but is such a luxury." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors).

    28. Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter powder to add an extra ~glow~ to their cheeks with very little effort.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Obsessed with this highlighter! It is blinding and looks beautiful on bronzed skin. I was a little nervous the color would be too gold for me, but when I applied it, it blended out to the perfect glow. Will be my go-to this summer!" —Riley Hurlbert

    Get it from Amazon for $7.66 (available in five shades).

    29. Or a Milk makeup highlighter stick in case they're always in a hurry and would prefer a product they can apply in a snap.

    Milk Makeup

    I have this lovely little highlighter, and it's the first thing I grab when I know I'm running late but still want to add a some ~shimmer 'n' shine~ to my cheeks. It's super easy to apply and blend — no complaints here!

    Promising review: "This is fantastic for those of you who like a more natural highlight. You can definitely see it, but it doesn't look like a streak of metal on your face. Super easy to apply and blend, and this lasts all day! It won't rub off, either. Ride or die." —MissSlideShow

    Get it from Sephora for $28 (available in two sizes and shades).

    30. A "Mary Jo" Kylie lip kit because, IMO, no red lip will stay on longer and stronger than one of these bad boys.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Kylie Cosmetics

    I personally have Mary Jo and can attest to the fact that it's a PERFECT red lip with an everlasting formula you won't need to reapply all day.

    Promising review: "I went to a wedding, left the hotel at 3 p.m. with lipstick on and in my purse for touch-ups. I didn’t need to take it out once. Lips looked just as good at the end of the night as they did when I left the hotel. Everyone was so impressed with how clean my wine glass was with my bold-red lip! The best part is, going to bed at night, it came off easy with a makeup wipe. No red stains or marks at breakfast the next morning." —Mutts B.

    Get it from Kylie Cosmetics for $29.

    31. A five-pack of makeup sponges to help them blend their powders, concealer, or foundation (pick your poison) into a flawless matte finish. These also come with lil' stands to dry off in after being washed — s'cute.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "All of them are cute and equal. After I use it on my face, it is extremely soft. I think these are the best makeup sponges I've ever used. The sponge seems like an extension of your hand, making it very easy to work with. It has a smooth edge, and it works best to press foundation into your skin." —milly

    Get them from Amazon for $7.59.

    32. And plant-based, paraben-free EcoTools makeup brush shampoo so they'll have no excuse not to clear out the gunk and residue that have definitely built up on their brushes.

    BuzzFeed / Heather Braga

    You can also get them a silicone makeup brush cleaning pad to go with the shampoo for a truly thoughtful gift! I have these items myself, and I could not believe how much residue came off my brushes in just one cleaning. You only need to use a little dab of the shampoo, so one bottle will definitely last a long time. The silicone pad made it super easy to thoroughly lather the brushes without leaving my bathroom sink in shambles. I also loved how each section was labeled with which brush should be cleaned in each area. My brushes look brand-new!

    Get it from Amazon for $4.79.

    Your makeup-loving friend after testing out the beauty gift you got them:

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    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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