We all have that one friend that always brings it when it comes to their makeup. Their blending skills and creative eye are incomparable, whether it’s a themed look or subtle soft glam. And as Christmas peeks around the corner, you’re probably thinking of what to gift the friend that’s always helping you with your liner or putting on lashes.
This holiday, aim for makeup products that can be useful for their routine, rather than one-use buys like an artistry palette from Morphe with a load of pigmented shades or a primer by Peace Out that tailors to skincare for a flawless foundation base. We’ve included everything from liners to blush and brushes to ensure your MUA friend gives her best glams all 2023.
Scroll ahead and shop our favorite makeup products worth gifting or splurging on yourself. Don’t worry; we won’t judge.
e.l.f. Cosmetics 19 Brush Set Collection
If you’ve noticed your makeup friend using the same three brushes to achieve a full face, she’ll appreciate the 19 Brush Set Collection by e.l.f. Cosmetics. From buffing foundation to concealer and stipple, her glams will improve using the correct brushes.
Before foundation and blush, and contour, glam must start with a primer. The Instant Pore Perfector is the latest product release by Peace Out, which combines skincare with makeup. Its matter formula works to smooth pores while shrinking them with each use.
To achieve the trendy feathered brow, you’ll need a sculpting wax. While plenty is on the market, none compare to Brow Freeze by Anastasia Beverly Hills. The brows will be locked in place all day long, primarily when used with the Brow Freeze Applicator ($17).
When gifting an eyeshadow palette, you want to ensure your giftee gets the most out of its colors. Morphe has some of the best sets on the market, and their Up Til Dawn Artistry Palette is perfect. They’ll be able to achieve an infinite amount of looks, from soft glam to vivid designs, all year round.
Every makeup friend needs eyeliner in their case, and Maybelline Master Precise All-Day Liquid Eyeliner is affordable and top-rated. With easy to control grip, they’ll be able to achieve sharp lines and a soft cat eye.
Every makeup lover knows that a full face isn’t complete without lashes, and Kiss has one of the best yet most affordable mink lashes on the market. Their latest Couture Holiday set is full of volume yet wispy, which will come in handy during festive gatherings.
Blush is back, not just in its traditional powder form, but in a trendy liquid. Rare Beauty’s Soft Pinch Blush has quickly become a TikTok favorite, with beauty influencers obsessed with its super-pigmented colors. Your MUA friend will love her new blushed cheeks.
This viral beauty tool has become essential when setting your face with powder. The mini powder puff by Huda Beauty gets into those hard-to-reach areas like the inner corner of the undereye or contour spots and is made with short fibers to grab the perfect amount of powder.
One thing Rihanna is going to do is make sure our lips are juicy, hydrated, and full of color. The Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer is a purse staple and goes with any makeup look or outfit. This lip gloss gives a hint of color without it being too overbearing and pairs well with any skin tone.
Urban Decay’s legendary All-Nighter Setting Spray is a classic staple any makeup lover will appreciate. The Allure Hall Of Famer provides smudge-proof makeup that lasts up to 16 hours with a swift of its weightless mist.