The 15 Best Holiday Gifts to Buy for the Beauty Beginner

Rachel Krause
The 15 Best Holiday Gifts to Buy for the Beauty Beginner
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What is it that they say—it's better to give than to receive? We wouldn't go that far (we love a good gift, after all) but we will admit that it's plenty of fun to choose holiday gifts for our family and friends. And when we say "holiday gifts," we mean beauty products. These 15 basic-but-better picks are perfect for the lady in your life who's just getting in on the beauty scene.

Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils and Touche Éclat Gift Set ($71, yslbeauty-us.com)
We daresay that the hallmark of any amateur beauty lover's life is her first Touche Éclat, which is why this gift set, which comes complete with a purse-size version of the legendary highlighter along with a full-size volumizing mascara, mini liquid liner, eye cream, and eye makeup remover, is the perfect place to start.

NYX Butt "Naked" - Turn the Other Cheek ($25, nyxcosmetics.com)
The beauty beginner is often hesitant to dive straight into adventurous bold makeup looks, so erring on the natural side of things is a safe (but not boring!) bet. This palette contains 15 gorgeous sultry neutral shadow shades, 4 matte and pearl blushes, and 3 pearly face illuminators, as well as included applicators.

Fresh Sugar Dream ($52, fresh.com)
Trust us when we say that you can't go wrong with this luxurious gift set, which hits all the right notes from head to toe with a body polish, face polish, and lip balm, all in the brand's delectable signature formula.

Benefit Cosmetics Sugarglam Fairies ($45, benefitcosmetics.com)
Whether she's just getting into the beauty game or not, we can't think of a single girl on earth who wouldn't be delighted by this super cute holiday gift set. With a full-size They're Real! mascara, The Porefessional pore minimizer, Hoola bronzer, and a mini Benetint lip and cheek stain, it's also a pretty sweet deal.

Urban Decay NAKED Eyeshadow Palette ($54, urbandecay.com)
The beloved original NAKED palette is, in a word, irresistible. Not only does it contain 12 stunning neutral shadows that look incredible on everyone and run the gamut from matte to glitter to shimmer, but it also includes a professional quality eyeshadow brush and a travel-sized shadow primer.

Lancôme Beauty Box ($59.50, lancome-usa.com)
For a gift set that has a little bit of everything, the Lancôme Beauty Box is our go-to. Valued at $304, the train case is packed with 12 full-size beauty essentials, plus a deluxe skin care sample. Get yourself a little something, too—the Beauty Box is just $59.50 when purchased with any other Lancôme product.

GLAMGLOW Gift Sexy ($69, glamglowmud.com)
The best place to start your beauty journey is with gorgeous skin, which is why we'll be giving this to everyone on our list this holiday season. With a THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment, a YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment, and a SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment within, this set leaves no skin type un-perfected.

Josie Maran Josie's Argan Holiday Favorites ($65, josiemaran.com)
These argan oil-based products aren't just natural and non-toxic—they look pretty darn good, too. This limited edition set makes easy work of any night-out makeup look ... and any night-in, too, thanks to the gorgeous subtlety of the Color Stick and Natural Volume Lip Gloss.

NARS Cosmetics Unhibited - Dolce Vita Lip/Nail Set ($52, narscosmetics.com)
Give the gift of understated luxury with this lip and nail set, which contains a gloss, lipstick, and nail polish all in the brand's beloved natural-but-better Dolce Vita shade. The products come in a cool lacquered box, so you can skip wrapping altogether—and Dolce Vita's universally flattering properties make it a virtually foolproof buy.

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set and Travel Bag ($59, sephora.com)
This travel bag is just as pretty on the outside as it is on the inside, where you'll find ... well, everything you could ever want, from a twenty-shade shadow palette to two stunning lip shades, a mascara, a cheek stain, a finishing powder, and a luxe oil for your skin. It's like a trip to Paris in your bathroom vanity.

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit ($39, toofaced.com)
There is no good makeup look without a good brow look, and this straightforward kit will make easy work out of what may seem to a newcomer like a daunting feat. With professional tweezers, setting wax, highlighter, two shades of powder, and two brow grooming tools, it contains everything you need to fix those puppies up.

Bumble and bumble Non-Stop Softness ($38, bumbleandbumble.com)
Bumble is notorious for their top-of-the-line hair care products, and if your beauty beginner has yet to stray from her $3 drugstore pick, go ahead and open the gateways with this nourishing, heavenly-scented set, which is perfect for all hair types.

BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlights ($25, beccacosmetics.com)
If we could all have glowing skin with the flick of a wrist, this world would be a better place. These three highlighters do just that, imparting three different shades of luminosity to cheekbones, eyes, and anywhere else you feel like putting them.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms ($39, charlottetilbury.com)
The stateside launch of British makeup pro Charlotte Tilbury's cosmetics line practically broke the internet when it arrived a few months ago. It's easy to see why, beyond her association with English beauties like Kate Moss and Sienna Miller: Her K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lippies are beyond luscious, and these three shades in cute travel sizes will see a girl through any occasion.

Clarisonic Mia 2 ($149, clarisonic.com) What's a beauty lover without her first Clarisonic? This lightweight, compact skin tool is considerably more effective at cleansing than your hands or a washcloth, ridding pores of debris and smoothing skin texture in one fell swoop.

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