The Ultimate Gift Guide for Beauty Lovers (We’ve Got Options for All Budgets!)
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Do you have a self-proclaimed beauty lover in your life? Are you struggling when it comes to gift giving ideas? We’re here to guide you! With insight from our team and countless product reviews online, we’ve rounded up the best gifts for the cosmetically-inclined to make your gift shopping a bit easier. Oh, and if you’re a makeup junkie yourself, considering sharing this with friends and family to drop a hint. 😉
1. Makeup tools
There’s nothing like a fresh set of makeup brushes! Either pick up a full set or mix and match brushes of your choosing. Know if your beauty lover prefers applying makeup with a sponge rather than a brush? Gift the popular Original Beauty Blender or opt for fun shapes from Revlon, Morphe, or Real Techniques. Complete the gift with a chic rose gold holder to beautifully display (and dry!) blending sponges.
2. Brush cleaning supplies
If you’re looking for brush add-on gifts (or if your recipient has too many brushes as it is), get them all the supplies they’ll need to keep them clean. Start with a brush shampoo to help break down oils. Then add in a silicone mat to add friction for more effective cleaning. If you’re really keen on efficiency, this high-speed brush cleaning kit’s fast and easy makeup brush cleaning abilities are making it a really popular buy.
“I never knew I needed a brush cleaning mat until I tried one. It’s crazy how much more makeup came off brushes that I thought were clean! It’s a great stocking stuffer or gift set idea!” – Emily
3. Eye shadow palette
The best part about makeup is having fun with colors — and what better way to do that than with eye shadow! Whether your beauty lover keeps their look natural or adds a pop of color, you’re bound to find an eye shadow palette they love. And if they’re a palette junkie, you may want to pick up this palette organizer so they can keep all of their favorites neatly lined up!
“I love the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palettes! They are great quality. I have them all!” – Hip2Save reader Carol
4. Face masks
Glitter is making a comeback in a BIG way. From hairspray to sunscreen, sparkles are getting tossed into just about everything in skincare — and now face masks are getting the same treatment. Skip the run-of-the-mill products and get something that will make your giftee shine bright the moment they spread the mask across their face. And trust us, they’re more than just a novelty since these face masks actually can offer skin benefits!
5. Color correcting primer
You can’t necessarily color match a foundation when giving it as a gift, so get them the next best thing in coverage. Color correcting treatments go on before full face foundation to balance out skin tones for an even look, and they’re available in a variety of formulas. This will show your beauty fan you really know what’s up in the makeup world.
6. Makeup organizer
You guys, Caboodles are BACK! They make for such a fun and nostalgic gift, especially when you stash some beauty treats inside. There are plenty of other makeup options on the market as well, such as the Jerrybox rotating makeup organizer that’s perfect for those with a dedicated vanity.
“I actually still have a vintage Caboodle circa 1990ish. It carried all of my makeup in high school and through my early 20s and has been used for a variety of reasons throughout my 30s. Currently, my daughter uses it for her sewing case. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!” – Stacy
For on-the-go makeup routines, travel makeup bags are perfect for packing, storing, and accessing cosmetics. We love this cheeky bag that makes a statement and has a simplified single zipper design. Travel options built for organizing or designed to hang from a bathroom hook for easy access are perfect for the makeup guru on the go.
Do they really need to pack it all in? This organizer made for makeup artists allows for customized compartmentalized storage, though you can also opt for a toss-it-all-in-and-go design with this cinch top pouch.
7. Makeup mirror
If you’ve ever tried applying makeup in a dim room, you probably already know how important good lighting is. But there’s no need to spring for Hollywood style vanities. Instead, gift a portable LED mirror to provide the optimal lighting for their makeup routine. You can even find models that come with magnification mirrors for a precision application.
8. Beauty-inspired gifts
Help your beauty guru show off their love of makeup in other clever ways, too! Is her phone always dying from too many selfies? Help her recharge with this stylish rose gold lipstick tube charger by Lauren Conrad.
More ideas include this lips and lashes graphic tee from Haola, available in three colors and with a relaxed fit making it even easier to gift. You should also check out this adorable “hello gorgeous” coffee mug, which (coincidentally) can double as a makeup brush holder.
9. Silk pillowcases
You’re probably confused why a pillowcase would make it onto this list. If you follow the “beauty is skin deep” mentality, you’ll find that clear, smooth skin makes a great canvas for makeup application. A little trick to help fight fine lines and skin irritation is to focus on what your face comes in contact with for 8 hours a night — your pillowcase! Silk pillowcases have been growing in popularity for their ability to reduce facial wrinkles and smooth hair strands. You’ll be hard pressed to not pick one up for yourself while gift shopping.
“I like this so much I ordered a second one. Feels luxurious to touch. My hair looks better and I don’t have to wash it as much — better for the health of my hair. No creases on my face as well. I hand launder this with Laundress cashmere wash and roll up in a towel to get rid of excess water before hanging to dry and I have no problems with wrinkles. Great product.” — Amazon reviewer of Fisher Finery 19mm silk pillowcase
10. Makeup eraser cloths
The perfect gift for the beauty lover who has it all, these makeup remover cloths take off all that makeup with ease. These easy-to-use, environmentally-friendly cloths remove even the most stubborn makeup using just water, so they’ll save time (and money, since users won’t also need to buy makeup remover).
In the beauty industry, new and innovative products are being launched every day, but we hope this list will help you confidently shop for the beauty lovers on your list!
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Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer in self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.