The Best Gifts for Makeup Lovers: A Makeup Gift Guide

As the festive season comes upon us, so too, does the panic shopping. There’s undeniable pressure at this time of year to not only treat our nearest and dearest with gifts but to meet their expectations while doing so. We are now trained to spot a re-gift from a mile away, so think twice before wrapping up that dusty hand lotion set. On top of all of this, when it comes to gifts for makeup lovers, things only become more complicated. Makeup is specific and a matter of personal preference, but if you get it right, it can make a wonderful gift. If it’s your first time shopping for a makeup lover, you may need a helping hand. Do you know what shade of skin they are? Do they prefer a matte or dewy finish? If you’re already feeling overwhelmed, fear not.

Keep reading for our makeup gift guide- gifts for makeup lovers that won’t go to waste.

The Essential Gifts for Makeup Artists

To begin, let’s take a look at some of the essential gifts for makeup artists.

Gifts for makeup artists are a tricky one. Many find themselves hesitating and thinking, surely a makeup artist will already have all the makeup and brushes they need? Indeed they might, but do they have a place to put it all? A belt brush, for example, is the perfect tool that will allow them to effortlessly and neatly keep their equipment at hand. The Illamasqua Brush Belt is a durable choice that they’re bound to love. With a chic black finish (wipe-proof for any spillages) and ample space for a variety of brushes, this brush belt will soon become an everyday necessity.

Makeup artists also tend to be a creative bunch. They are the ones who experiment with different shades and formulas to lead the way with new trends and techniques. Therefore, one of our essential gifts for makeup artists is Illamasqua’s Sealing Gel- a fantastic way to help them experiment with different textures and looks. Just one drop of this cult product turns any powder into a color-intense, water-resistant paste that dries quickly and lasts for hours. Pair it with an Iconic Chromes powder so they can create a metallic eye look to turn heads this festive season.

The Best Makeup Gift Sets

Next up, we have the best makeup gift sets. Makeup sets can be a nice gift idea, but it’s important to be sure that the recipient will use all that’s included. There’s no point in presenting them with a kit of items when all that gets used is that one lipstick. In the best makeup gift sets, each product is of equal importance. Nothing is left to be discarded or to gather dust.

For example, within Illamasqua’s Bathroom Touch-up kit, there are three must-haves to keep your makeup looking on point for a festive night out. Throw the pocket-sized Raven mascara, OMG highlighter, and Midnight lipstick into your handbag to keep those eyelashes fluttering, cheekbones shimmering, and lips dramatic all night long.

Next, we have Illamasqua’s Stay All Night – Prime & Set Kit. Guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, this kit contains all of the essentials to create the perfect, non-budging base. With the bestselling Hydra Veil Primer, the cult-favorite loose powder, and the lightweight Hydra Setting Spray to lock everything in place, these minis are perfect for those who want a flawless finish from day to night.

Finally, let’s talk lips. A nude lip is a universally loved look. Timeless, effortless, and elegant- it compliments the majority of skin tones and can be paired with a multitude of looks. It can be dressed up or down, and you can guarantee that when it comes to the best gifts for makeup lovers, you can’t go far wrong if you opt for nude. So if you’re opting to gift a lipstick this Christmas, why not try this Illamasqua Nudist Lip Kit. This kit contains the Ultramatter lipstick in its best-selling shade Bare, paired with the Colouring Lip Pencil in the shade Raw for matte look. On those nights out when you want to add a pop of gloss, there’s the Loaded Lip Polish in Glaze.

Unique Makeup Gifts

Finally, we have the more unique makeup gifts. When buying makeup, people tend to stick to what they know. This is why when choosing a gift for makeup lovers, it’s a nice idea to opt for a more unique option. Some gifts that they’d be delighted to receive, but perhaps wouldn’t usually choose for themselves.

For example, if you know an eye makeup lover, gift them with the Illamasqua Eye Paint Longwear Liquid Shadow. With 8 highly pigmented shades to choose from, these liquid paints deliver up to 12 hours of waterproof, transfer-proof color. In just one stroke, these lightweight, comfortable formulas can be used to blend into an eye base or as the perfect way to experiment with new designs on the lids.

Another one of our more unique makeup gifts they’ll be sure to love is the Illamasqua Frankly Amy Limited Edition Beauty Box. This limited edition, the one-of-a-kind box features the two Illamasqua products loved by Amy herself: Cream Blusher in Pixie and Lipstick in Over, as well as a collection of four Illamasqua products in exclusive shades inspired by her iconic makeup look. For a gift with a story behind it, this one is sure to impress.

This Christmas, there’s no need to panic. From unique makeup gifts to the perfect sets, we’ve done all of the work to provide you with the best gifts for makeup lovers. No matter how late you’ve left it, keep calm and take a look at Our Christmas Collection for more inspiration.


Josie Wilkins

Josie Wilkins

Writer and expert

Josie is an Online Beauty Editor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Her passions involve all things skincare and beauty and in her free time she likes to travel, read and get her beauty sleep.