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The best makeup gifts to give (even when they haven’t worn makeup in a year)

Getting back into makeup after lockdown can be tricky — we get it. There’s no need to dive into a full beat or extravagant cut crease eye (unless of course you want to!). If you – or someone on your list – wants to ease back into things with simple, unintimidating beauty stapes and tools, then this curated list is for you.

Laura Mercier Brush Set

So, you haven’t picked up a makeup brush in a year. Blending, who? We’ve got the perfect gift in mind - one you’ll probably want to assign yourself when the presents get passed around. Five travel-friendly brushes that will have you applying your favourite products again with confidence — just in time for the end of year festivities to kick off. All wrapped up in a luxe leather pouch, this artistry-approved set from Laura Mercier is a winner.

Urban Decay Hall of Fame

The cutest little Urban Decay trio we ever did see! Minis of your Urban Decay MVPs: their bestselling setting spray (a non-negotiable before you hit the d-floor), a 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil for party-ready eyes and a Perversion Mascara for big, bold lashes. They’re Urban Decay’s ‘Hall of Fame’ products for a reason — it’s time discover why.

Lip Injection Ornament

Who doesn’t love their favourite lippy in the form of a cute, festive ornament? This one is Too Faced’s bestselling lip plumping gloss — which can be worn alone or over your favourite lip colour for some extra sparkle. Gift one to each of your pals at your ‘friendmas’ lunch or pop one on your own tree at home for that Too Faced touch.

MECCA MAX Maxed Out Minis

Fact: beauty advent calendars are one of the best gifts for someone that hasn’t worn makeup in a while. It’s like the grazing platter of beauty: you get to try a bit of everything. This one from MECCA MAX is packed full of pigment-loaded treats that slip perfectly into your carry-on or mini bag to ensure you're always looking your holiday best. We’re talking a lip balm pot, primer, bronzer, blush, lip oil, lip gloss, cream eyeshadow, eyeliner, clear brow gel, lip crayon, liquid highlighter, and loose shimmer powder.

NARS High Profile Cheek Palette

Yes, you really can never have too many NARS palettes. The brand releases some of their most covetable palettes this time of year, and they often get snapped up quickly. The High Profile Cheek Palette contains six limited-edition shades in one of NARS’ most innovative, oh-so blendable formulas. Made for all skin tones, these flattering shades allow you to contour, highlight and pop with natural-looking dimension.

bareMinerals Lip Gloss Balm

Don’t want to dive into a bold lip after lockdown? That’s so fine! This duo from bareMinerals is for you. It contains two vegan gloss-meets-balm lippies in subtle pink hues. Created using sustainably-sourced, cold-pressed fruit oils, it gives you sheer colour and glossy shine with no stickiness. This also gets extra points for its recyclable, plastic-free box.

Need some more routine refresh gifting ideas for the beauty lover in your life, or emerged from your lockdown cocoon with a complete beauty identity crisis? Dive back into ‘real-life’ and hit reset with our guide to post-lockdown beauty, or shop the complete Holiday Gift Guide.

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