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25 makeup gift sets any beauty lover would be ecstatic to receive for the holidays

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The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year for beauty enthusiasts and the people shopping for gifts to give them. Between major deals on makeup, curated bestseller sets, limited edition items, and festive packaging, 'tis the season to buy or give makeup.

As a long-time beauty editor and writer, I can tell you that this list is full of great recommendations. I've personally used plenty of the products on this list, or have at least tested other products from the brands, so I know you and your giftee won't be disappointed with these picks.

Whether you're looking for a great beauty gift for a friend or treating yourself to something new, you'll find something here. Brands are already stocking their online stores with must-have makeup gift sets, and we've scoured the internet for some of the best values and deals.

The 25 best makeup sets to give as gifts in 2021:

A colorful 36-piece lip pencil set
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Must-have Stash Lippie Pencil Cup, available at Colourpop, $59.25

Lip liners give that little extra glam boost that smoothly defines the lips for a nice pout. This Coloupop stash compliments any shade of lipstick with 36 long-lasting color options to mix and match.

A quick makeup routine set
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Five Minute Morning, available at Merit Beauty, $170

If their makeup routine is the reason why they're always late, try gifting Merit's Five Minute Morning collection to simplify it. Get ready faster with these seven life-saving essentials, including a perfecting complexion stick, tinted lip oil, blush blam, volumizing pomade for brows, lengthening mascara, blending brush, and highlighting balm.

A simplified makeup kit that's personalized
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Beauty Starter Kit, available at Alleyoop, $85

Customize your own blush, bronzer, highlighter, cream, and eyeshadow with included makeup tools for a personalized makeup experience that gives you various options to help you best express yourself.

A clean beauty set for lashes and lips
ILIA Mini The Smalls Wonder Set

ILIA Mini The Smalls Wonder Set, available at Sephora, $29

Ilia's makeup gift set is luscious as it is safe for lashes and lips. The clean beauty set contains a glossy tinted lip oil, hydrating lip mask, and two mascaras that lengthen and adds volume.

Luxurious eyeshadows and lipsticks for day or night
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Tom Ford Eye Color Quad Eyeshadow Palette and Lip Color Lipstick Set, available at Sephora, $89

This Tom Ford makeup gift set easily delivers a day or night glam look as it's the perfect blend between sophistication and seductiveness. The set includes two creamy mini lipsticks (Casablanca and Fascinator) and a luxurious eye shadow palette with four shades with a flawless finish. 

An essential lip contour travel kit
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Contour & Glow Lip Duo, available at Huda Beauty, $29

This nude lip duo is as irresistible as your lips will look with a visibly full and smooth result. The Huda Beauty set consists of the Power Bullet Cream Glow Cream Lipstick (pinkish brown) and a miniature brown lip liner that comes with a cute lip pouch to store these products for on the go.

The ultimate matte eyeshadow collection
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Makeup Geek Matrix Color Palette, available at Makeup Geek, $124.99

Muted shades can be just as fun as glitzy shadows that pack a ton of sparkle. Makeup Geek's wardrobe of 21 matte and seven shimmering eyeshadow shades that are designed to compliment all eye colors and skin tones. It's an array of neutral and vibrant hues that can be mixed and matched every day, for every occasion.

A makeup remover set to get unready with
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Clinique Double Cleanse Kit: Skincare Set, available at Ulta, $25

Clinique's Double Cleanse kit  features a gentle exfoliating jelly plus the favorite Take The Day Off collection (a cleansing balm and towelettes), which is widely considered one of the best makeup remover lines on the market. The balm is, well, the bomb, and great to take in the shower to remove makeup and literally wash the day away in one sweep. The makeup remover is specifically designed for lashes, lids, and lips. The brand's cleansing towelettes come in a package of 50, and are perfect for lazy nights and frequent travelers. 

A four piece glow-up kit
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Fenty Beauty Glossy Posse: Fantasy 4Sum, available at Sephora, $38

Rihanna brought the glam with this glowing set that's just in time for holiday celebrations. The set includes a glossy lip cream and three miniature lip luminizers in holiday shades like the Fenty Glow Fantasy, Hot Chocolit Fantasy, and Champ Stamp Fantasy that are universal to any shade. 



Prep and prime essentials
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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Trip Set, available at Walmart, $38

Smashbox's prep and prime essentials set ensures every flawless look stays photo-ready. The trinity includes an Original Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer, Photo Finish Primerizer, and Photo Finish Vitamin Glow Primer that, when combined, blur pores, fill fine lines, and smooth any other imperfections. 

Their favorite mascara in bulk
Too Faced Cosmetics Better Than Sex

Too Faced Better Than Sex Vault Mascara Set, available at Too Faced, $78

Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara has extra stiff bristles that prevent clumping and offer extra volume to the lashes. One coat of the carbon-black, collagen-fueled formula is enough to create a full, defined look, and two coats up the ante on its faux lash effect. For the holidays, you can get a set of five tubes for the mascara enthusiast in your life. 

For the lipstick lover
Mac The Ultimate Trick Mini Lipstick x 12 Vault

MAC The Ultimate Trick Mini Lipstick x 12 Vault, available at Ulta, $74.50

MAC lipsticks are iconic, and a range of shades have even garnered their own individual cult followings. The brand's miniature bullet vault consists of some fan-favorites, like Ruby Woo (a powerhouse red), Mehr (a lovely pop of pink), and Rebel (a satin-finish, reddish purple), plus other underrated shades like All Fired Up (a vibrant, eye-catching fuschia) and Mocha (a soft, neutral hue).   

The gift of flawless application, every time
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Beautyblender Rocket To Flawless Blend & Cleanse Sponge Set, available at Beautyblender, $49

Makeup brushes are great. Makeup sponges are (arguably) better. Whether the beauty lover on your list has yet to try sponge applicators or they're already obsessed, treat them to Beautyblender's complete set that includes three BeautyBlenders, two solid cleansers, and one silicone scrub mat.

Then, direct them to this explainer on how to clean a makeup sponge to prolong its shelf life. 

A complete lip kit to prep and nourish their pout
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Bite Beauty Agave Lip Vault Set, available at Bite Beauty, $69

Lipsticks, liquids, liners, and stains can dry out the most sensitive part of the body, so if your loved one never goes without a coat or two, treat them to Bite Beauty's nourishing lip hydration set. The online exclusive offers lips some much needed TLC. It features the brand's entire Agave+ collection, which consists of a weekly lip scrub, a nightly lip treatment, an intense lip mask, and a pre-makeup lip serum that work to soften, smooth, and hydrate lips. 

A complete eye brush set
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Morphe Eye Obsessed Brush Collection, available at Morphe, $29

Overhaul their applicator tool kit with a collection of Morphe favorites. The Eye Obsessed Brush set comes equipped with the brand's 12 must-have brushes that make it easy to create everyday looks or more dramatic visions. 

A shiny gloss set
Mini XO Vinyl Lip Creme Lip Gloss Obsession Set

KVD Vegan Beauty Mini XO Vinyl Lip Creme Lip Gloss Obsession Set, available at Walmart, $21.50

When it comes to the liquid lipstick category, few roll out more dynamic hues than KVD Vegan Beauty. Each plant-based formula packs a ton of pigment, and while KVD's traditional liquid lips are a tad drying, the brand's creme lip gloss is a gel-like formula that's significantly more hydrating and emits a vinyl-like shine. 

A set to help them show off their brows
Benefits Cosmetics Jingle Brows Brow Gel, Pencil & Highlighter Value Set

Benefit Cosmetics Jingle Brows, available at Ulta, $35

Brow maintenance is as personal as haircare and skincare regimens, but brow aficionados who take pride in maintaining each and every strand will love this Benefit Cosmetics value set. The makeup gift set includes three full-size products: Precisely, My Brow Pencil, Gimme Brow+, and High Brow Duo pencil. Simply choose their shade and watch the way they work their magic with these expert-developed tools.

The dreamiest makeup vault

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Dreams Come True Makeup Kit, available at Charlotte Tilbury, $375

Charlotte Tilbury has identified what beauty dreams are made of and then manifested them into a real-life makeup kit that is a thing of magic. Beauty lovers will be in awe at the 14-piece beauty closet full of full-size Pillow Talk Products, including the 12-shade Instant Eye Palette, Matte Revolution Lipstick, and Push Up Lashes Mascara.   

Makeup that enhances their natural beauty
Rare Beauty Selena’s Faves 4 Piece Mini Set

Rare Beauty Selena's Faves 4 Piece Mini Set, available at Sephora, $30

Selena Gomez launched her beauty brand in 2020, with hopes of challenging unrealistic standards of perfection. Instead, she encourages fans to see makeup as a tool to enhance their natural beauty instead of masking it. Selena's Faves 4 Piece miniature set includes a liquid blush, liquid highlighter, lip cream, and volumizing mascara. It's a perfect introduction to a brand that sends a message to your loved one that they're beautiful just the way they are. 

An expert-approved bundle of makeup, skincare, and hair
Sephora Favorites Bestselling Beauty Must-Haves Set

Sephora Favorites Bestselling Beauty Must-Haves Set, avilable at Sephora, $54

Don't panic if you know virtually nothing about makeup or skincare, like how to choose the right shade of eyeshadow or most effective primer or the beauty lover on your list. Sephora's beauty gift set has you covered. The box contains ten best-selling products from brands like FENTY BEAUTY, NARS, Dr. Jart+, Ouai, to name a few. You might not know what to do with it all, but they certainly will.

Something nostalgic
Lancôme Holiday Kisses Juicy Tubes Set

Lancôme Holiday Kisses Juicy Tubes Set, available at Sephora, $35

Throwback trends have been popping up all over 2021, and if claw clips can make a comeback, so can super shiny lip gloss. Lancôme's festive trio is merry, bright, and lip-smackingly juicy. Glossy tints include Marshmallow Electro Juicy Tube, a soft pink with a hint of shimmer; Hallucination Juicy Tube, a golden shimmery nude; and Spring Fling, a smooth millenial pink. 

A sun-kissed bronzer trio
Murumuru Butter Bronzer Palette

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer Palette, available at Ulta, $9.99

With winter forecasts looming (not to mention a pandemic still at large), most people will be spending a lot of time indoors. But just because you aren't outside soaking in the sun doesn't mean you can't fake the sun-kissed look. For those who prefer a bit of color on their cheeks, the Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer Palette can assist. Plus, the powders are cruelty-free and vegan-friendly, so not only is the formula better for your skin, it's also better for the planet. 

An entire wardrobe of blush
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Tarte blush authority Amazonian clay cheek wardrobe, available at Tarte Cosmentics, $39

Before Tarte blessed us with Shape Tape, I associated the brand with all things Amazonian clay, especially blushes. This cheeky collection is a huge steal: It comes with six blushes, two highlighters, and one bronzer in three gorgeously stacked compacts. And while it retails for only $39, the bundle is valued at $171 — and who doesn't love a holiday discount?  

A minimalist makeup trio
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Glossier The Makeup Set, available at Glossier, $40

Glossier products are formulated to enhance the wearer's natural beauty, and this set consists of three essentials that do just that. Featuring the highly coveted Boy Brow grooming pomade, Cloud Paint cheek color, and Lash Slick mascara, together they create a fresh face perfect for everyday wear.

A glowy collection
MILK MAKEUP Glossy Glow Full Face Set

Milk Makeup Glossy Glow Full Face Set, available at Sephora, $35

Fans of Milk Makeup will be hyped up when they open this makeup gift set. It's a set of four travel-sized fan favorites, including the Electric Glossy Lip Plumper, the Hydro Grip Primer, Matte Bronzer in Baked (bronze), and Kush Mascara in Boom (the blackest black). 

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