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    Dec 12, 2018

    29 Gifts That Will Make All Makeup Lovers Swoon

    Lipstick is red / Lipstick is also blue / Makeup is sweet / And so is more makeup.

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    1. A Glossier Makeup Set for a trio of bestselling products that work in sync with one another for a subtle pinch of color, groomed brows, and amped lashes — so they seem like the kind of person who wakes up early to do their face beat, when in reality they smash the snooze button until the last possible minute.

    Glossier, instagram.com

    The set includes:

    Boy Brow (available in four shades)

    Cloud Paint (available in six shades)

    Lash Slick

    Promising review: "I am so excited to FINALLY see my three favorite Glossier products in one set! These are my go-to everyday makeup products, no matter what I am wearing as a base. I use Boy Brow in Clear to tame and shape my wily brows, Cloud Paint in Beam or Dusk depending on my mood, and Lash Slick is my #1 HG Mascara that never smudges. I had always avoided the Phase 2 set for the lack of a pale enough concealer, but now I'm looking forward to saving a little money with this amazing set as soon as I start to run out of my precious Lash Slick. These products go together fantastically, and I am so happy Glossier decided to match them up." —JBart

    Get it from Glossier for $40 (you save $10 by buying all of these together, instead of buying Boy Brow for $16, Cloud Paint for $18, and Lash Slick for $16).

    2. A cute lil' chicky makeup sponge holder that'll give their damp applicators a resting spot to fully dry out — and it's much cuter than a paper towel (or worst, their germ-infested countertop!!).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Best $3 I've ever spent on Amazon 😊. Love that my blenders can sit on my vanity and have the perfect place to dry." —Rebekah L. Stewart

    Get it from Amazon for $1.68 (color randomly chosen).

    3. Or if they're constantly on the go, a Beautyblender defender carrying case to keep their bbs (up to two damp sponges, specifically) ventilated and looking/smelling as fresh as possible, so *they* can look fresh too!

    instagram.com

    Promising review: "I bring my Beautyblender to the gym in the morning and never have a good place to store it afterwards when I have to head to work for the day. This is perfect to hold my blender and for ventilation throughout the day." —KL

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    4. A Ucanbe highlighter palette with four metallic powders that put higher-end brands to shame and can only be explained through multiple heart eyes emojis — not to mention, they're easy on *your* wallet too. 😉

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have also purchased two of the holographic Kat Von D palettes this one is a dupe for and I can tell you honestly this is WELL WORTH the $9! The colors are remarkably similar (particularly the opal shade — my only reason for purchasing), blend easily, and last as long (with a quality primer) as the original. Great little find!" —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89.

    5. A 12" Spatty for scraping every last drop of foundation or serum out of the bottle — because they're always complaining about how expensive their faves are, and you're gonna help them avoid letting a single hard-earned penny go to waste!

    Sarah Han

    Promising review: "I've been looking for something like this for over 30 years — this gets the job done, down to the last dab of makeup, face cream, and whatever that is hard to get to." —Ahibee

    When that pump stops pumping products, it's the Spatty to the rescue! Read my full review on the 6" Spatty to learn more about it!

    Get a 6" Spatty from Walmart for $4.94, or a similar one from Amazon for $6.69.

    6. Magical (And sturdy! And effective!) Sailor Moon makeup brushes to make the task of applying highlighter, eyeshadow, and brow gel 100x more fun — makeup is really a superpower of theirs, after all.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Do I know how to apply makeup? Lol no. Do I feel super pretty and magical when I try, thanks to these brushes? Hell yes." —Shanna

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $13.99.

    7. A MAC Cosmetics Shiny Pretty Little Things Lip Set — it comes gorgeously packed, so you don't have to worry about a thing while you rocket up to your lipstick-loving friends' lists.

    Macy's

    The set includes mini lipsticks in matte, cream, and shine finishes in the shades: Diva (intense reddish burgundy, matte), Chili (brownish orange red, matte), See Sheer (grapefruit pink, shine), Velvet Teddy (deep tone beige, matte), Twig (Soft muted brownish pink, cream), Ruby Woo (very matte vivid blue red, matte), Relentlessly Red (bright pinkish coral, matte), Rebel (midtonal cream plum, cream), Show Orchid (very hot pink, cream), and Snob (light neutral pink, cream).

    Get it from Ulta for $59.63 (valued at $100).

    8. Milk Makeup Astrology Tattoo Stamps for all of your self-declared astrology-obsessed friends who swear by their charts.

    instagram.com

    Promising review: "I just got my first Milk Makeup stamp and I'm over the moon. It's such a simple item, but it's very special to me. I stamp mine by my eyebrow ring, above my eyebrow, where I have always wanted my sign tattooed (but I don't think I could handle that lol). It stamps nice and clean, no extra lines or bleeding, and has some serious staying power! Will definitely be checking out the others!" —SpookyPumpkin

    Get them from Sephora for $12 each (available in all 12 signs).

    And if astrology's not their thing, you can shop the original tattoo stamps for $12 as well (available in heart, peace sign, smile, star, and ying yang).

    9. A Tonymoly gel liner that'll help fuel their cat eye obsession for many years to come — plus, how cute is it that the brush goes into the top of the handle, like a ink quill?

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I asked a friend of mine what type of eyeliner she used because it looked so good on her and she shared her secret: Tonymoly! I love the color and how it goes on so smooth! Lasts all day long even though I have oily skin, and the brush it comes with makes it a lot easier to do a cat eye! A little goes a long way, so this will last me a long time." —K.L.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.50 (available in four shades).

    10. A lighted tri-fold Jerdon makeup mirror because not having natural light (hello dark winter mornings, my old friend) should never stop them from putting together a flawless look — especially sans rouge streaks of unidentified colors.

    Amazon

    Key features include glare-free fluorescent lighting, four adjustable/color-correcting settings for daytime, evening, home and office environments, 1x and 5x magnification options, and a built-in 120-volt electrical outlet for hair dryers/appliances!!

    Promising review: "The two main things I was worried about this were: one, is it bright enough? and two, is the magnification big enough? Well, the lights are VERY bright and you can flip the main center mirror around and get a very large magnification. I can't imagine anyone needing anything brighter or bigger than this. Probably the best thing you're gonna find, unless you buy one of the really expensive $200+ models." —Amazon Customer

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review (#6) to find out why investing in good lighting for your beauty routine is key!

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    11. A weightless Unpa 24/7 Lip Stain that'll go on like water and dry down to a silky, transfer-proof, and matte finish — for bold color that doesn't leave their lips feeling deprived of moisture, thanks to the hyaluronic acid built into the formulas!

    instagram.com, Free People

    Apply all over for an even wash of color, or just to the inner halves for a cute gradient look!

    Get them from Free People for $15 each (available in four shades).

    12. A multibranded Sephora Favorites Lashstash Set for the mascara snobs in your life — they'll try everything until they find the ones that live up to their volume-blasting, fullness-increasing claims.

    Sephora

    This set includes eight deluxe-sized and two full-sized* mascaras:

    Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara

    Lancôme Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara*

    Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara

    Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

    Urban Decay Perversion Mascara*

    –And five more!

    Promising review: "WORTH EVERY PENNY!!! The Lancôme is worth over $25 and is one of the best mascaras I have ever used. I also like the Benefit mascara. All other products have been great as well — it was nice that not only does this kit offer two full-sized products, but it also provides a nice variety of different brands, brush styles, and textures. Great for all!" —thevikingswife

    Get it from Sephora for $48 (valued at $140).

    13. An eye-opening book brimming with interesting tidbits about the history of makeup and how different trends, cultures, and technological innovations have influenced makeup lovers throughout different eras — they'll eat it up, and then set it up on their coffee table for all their guests to see.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've been following Lisa Eldridge for years so I pre-ordered this book the moment I saw it on Amazon. It's a wonderful tool for those curious about different beauty products used and trends throughout history, and it's clearly a product of someone who loves the topic — you can tell the amount of research that went into it by all the amazing details. Furthermore, it makes a beautiful coffee table book. When people visit me, it's the first book they pick up and most people can't seem to put it down." —Paulie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.55+.

    14. A travel-friendly Lay-n-Go Cosmo makeup bag that'll make "Where did I put that one lipstick?" an issue of the past — the bag lays flat (20 inches across of space!) so they can see every single item — and then neatly close up via drawstring after they're done!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have always disliked putting my cosmetics directly on a hotel vanity when traveling. With this great cosmetic 'bag,' case solved! The bag opens up completely as shown; you can lay it out and organize your cosmetics right in it. Then, simply pull the draw cord and it's a bag again. I'm a fan!" —LK

    Get it from Amazon for $26.96+ (available in 11 colors).

    15. A nifty brush cleansing mat (made out of environmentally-friendly and non-toxic silica gel!) with seven kinds of designs/textures to wash off every last bit of caked-on makeup, no matter how infrequently they wash their brushes.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    The large mat comes with tiny suction cups on the bottom so it sticks to the sink and doesn't move around, while the smaller mat comes with a round finger grip. The only type of makeup applicator you might want to wash separately and not on this mat is a Beautyblender/sponge situation!

    Promising review: "What normally takes me 15 minutes to wash my brushes only takes me about five now! Only complaint: the suction cups easily collapse, but in a wet sink they stick perfectly. The little travel one is great for denser brushes that need a little more work to get the bristles clean, since you can manipulate it with your hand. I seriously enjoy these and have already encouraged coworkers to purchase them too — it's the best way to shorten a timely and frankly annoying process. EDIT: After using this for nearly a year, I still love it! Still makes my least favorite task quicker and so much easier." —Noodle

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in six colors).

    16. A chic crystal-knobbed makeup organizer that'll give them the relief of actually being able to find their makeup and skincare products without searching for them everywhere — hello to this much-needed solution!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Great purchase — makes my countertop look so much better than having my makeup and skincare products spread out everywhere. The crystal drawer knobs and velvet-lined inserts feel more high-end than I expected for the price. I keep small tubes, face powders and eyeshadows in the drawers and larger skincare products and makeup brushes at the top." —AussieChick

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in small to x-large sizes).

    17. And a rotating organizer just for their lipsticks, all 64 of them! No judgment if they buy more for themselves later on.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (also available in a version with 40 slots and two larger drawers at the bottom).

    18. A standout Stila With Flying Colors Liquid Lipstick Set that'll paint their pouts with all-day color in some of Stila's most-loved shades to date — these bbs are the only thing they'll need to make a statement at all of their holiday parties.

    Urban Outfitters

    This set includes: Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks in the shades, Fia, Baci, Patina, Fiery, Rubino, and Vino.

    Get it from Amazon or Urban Outfitters for $39.

    19. A Maybelline "Send Nudes" Fundle for the friends that fancy themselves cultured art folk...or just like puns — besides the fact that these nudes are so, so wearable, that tote alone is so cute and worth toting around everywhere.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $18.61, or get The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette separately for $6.39.

    20. A Tarte Sippin' Pretty Eye Set to wake up their peepers with their iconic Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara and dabble on a hint of everyday color — they'll be reaching for this set every day, I guarantee ya!

    Get it from Tarte for $22 (valued at $68).

    21. A 10-pan Pacifica eyeshadow palette that'll prove once and for all that natural products don't miss a beat when it comes to the quality and intensity of their pigments, shimmer, wearability, etc. — friends with sensitive peepers will especially thank you!

    instagram.com

    Promising review: "Wow! Very surprised at the quality of these eyeshadows. I have heavily hooded eyes and I'm always on the lookout for matte nudes that wont smudge within the first half hour. I tried these for the first time yesterday and the color stayed in place all day. Like...for the first time in my life. I did use my usual primer and setting spray (both from Urban Decay) but this eyeshadow outlasted my Buxom, Estee Lauder, and Ulta brand eyeshadows. Well done, Pacifica!" —Tiffanyillustrator

    Get it from Amazon for $11.23+ (available in three varieties).

    22. Or a marbled empty magnetic palette for high-level makeup enthusiasts who are usually less than impressed with preselected palettes and would much rather create their own — let the depotting begin!

    Amazon

    The palette comes with ten magnets (five circle and five square), in case their pans don't come with magnetic backings. It can hold up to 28 standard eyeshadows or 15 larger pans. Tetris away!

    Promising review: "This is exactly as described. It's a very clean-looking unit to hold my faves! The magnetized adhesive stickers included are very thin yet strong. This one is large enough to create a condensed 'travel' compact with all my go-to essentials. I may purchase another for extra blushes, bronzers, highlighters, and finishing powders. They'll nicely fit into a carry-on without me worrying about fracturing the mirror — sweet!" —tcupmonkey

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    23. A cute mug donning a very famous quote said by makeup lovers every morning when they go about their beauty routine — coupled with tiredness, it's an uphill battle.

    Etsy

    Get it from Rose Gold Rebel on Etsy for $13.99+ (available in two sizes, two colors, and regular/gift packaging).

    24. An Aesthetica brow contour kit that'll tweeze, shape, fill in, and highlight their brows to actual perfection. It's called being ~thorough~, not high maintenance. Get it straight.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Ok, sit down for this list. This all-inclusive kit includes: six blendable powders, highlighting powder, full length tweezers, five eyebrow stencils (so they can achieve the exact arch they feel their best with), cream concealer and highlighter, highlighting powder, setting wax/pomade, and a double-ended brush with a spoolie.

    Promising review: "I've had many brow kits over the years (I'm kinda obsessed with them) and this one is by far the best — definitely worth the money. My cousin always asks me how I do my eyebrows, so I sent her a kit for the holidays. She was so grateful that she sends me a selfie almost every day raving about it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    25. A gorgeous rose gold mirror to oversee the vast kingdom that is their makeup collection — it's not afraid to give them lip when it's getting a little out of control, or to let them know their lipstick is creeping outside the lines.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $89.

    26. A Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 Color Stick to give their cheeks, lips, and eyes a boost of color in quite literally a few swipes — wow, you're basically their time-saving fairy!

    Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/mineralfusionnaturalbrands/p/BoUDvnuHevw/

    Promising review: "This is a great color for us dark-skinned Black women. It gives a nice hint of berry on the cheeks and lips because it's heavily pigmented. As for eye color, I found it a bit too oily. Still, if you're a five minute face kind of chick like me, this is a definite essential. And the color lasts. It's also very portable, so I just pop it into my bag for a quick touchup when needed." —FountainPenDiva

    Get it from Amazon for $15.61+ (available in three shades).

    27. A double-sided Revlon Photoready Eye Art Liquid Eyeshadow for a versatile pop of glitter on their eyelids (as liner *or* shadow), eyelashes, or brows. "The possibilities are endless," they'll say with sparkles in their eyes.

    instagram.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "From the moment I swatched this product I loved it. Coming from a professional makeup artist, there are many glitter products that don't hold up to expectations, but this one did! It's a must-buy." —Brenda

    Get it from Amazon for $5.84+ (available in 10 shades).

    If you're willing to spend a little more, go for the Stila Liquid Eye Shadows, which are $24 each or you can try out six minis for $45.

    28. A Fenty "Trophy Wife" Killawatt Highlighter with an out-of-this-world gold metallic shimmer that'll definitely land them *all* the compliments from friends, coworkers, receptionists, and strangers — it's THAT good and attention-grabbing.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    I almost always use lipstick as my piece of ~statement makeup~, but Trophy Wife can take center stage any freaking day! And by the end of said day, it still looks as pigmented and fresh as it did when I swiped it across my cheekbones and nose in the morning.

    Get it from Sephora for $34 (available in five other shades).

    Also, *all* Fenty products earn top marks as gifts! Read about some of our Rihanna-created faves if you need some suggestions to start!

    29. And, if all else fails, a Sephora gift card because ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ you're not a mind reader and makeup is a personal journey, ok??

    Amazon

    Get one from Amazon in denominations of $25, $50, $75, $100, and $250 — depending on the amount of love you feel towards said person.

    Their reactions upon unwrapping their gifts:

    MBC

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

    Allison Krausman / BuzzFeed

    The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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