10 Can't-Miss Gift Sets For the Beauty Beginner
During the holiday season, two magic words spark wild joy among the beauty-obsessed: gift sets. For only a little while, everything from brush sets to makeup palettes are available in nicely packaged kits with better-than-usual value. So if you're giving gifts to a beauty beginner, now is the time to fill their stocking with everyday essentials and sparkly little things — and surprise, you don't have to have a massive budget to give them the good stuff.
That's because e.l.f. cosmetics has done some genius beauty wizardry to make high-performance makeup and skin care affordable to everyone. The brand leverages its close relationships with top manufacturers, which allows them to produce on-trend products quickly — minus the stratospheric markup you might be used to. All of which makes it easy to choose an e.l.f. cosmetics' gift set for the beauty beginner in your life. Think about it: You don't go broke while fulfilling their makeup dreams, they're excited to build out their kit, and everyone is happy. It's a holiday miracle!
Need some suggestions for spot-on gifts for the future makeup guru in your life? (Or do you maybe, just maybe, need a little personal retail therapy? No judgments!) Keep reading to discover 10 exceptional gift sets for the beauty-obsessed.
e.l.f. cosmetics Smoky Eye Brush Kit
If your lucky gift recipient is eating up makeup tutorials on TikTok, then this is the present to pick up. The award-winning e.l.f. cosmetics Smoky Eye Brush Kit ($10) provides the necessary tools to create the ultimate smoky eye. Five cruelty-free, synthetic brushes feel so soft on lids — and blend shadows seamlessly — so it's only a matter of time before he or she becomes a cut-crease master.
e.l.f. cosmetics Retro Paradise Lifestyle & Scrunchies Kit
Technically, you might not be able to box up a good mood, but honestly? e.l.f. cosmetics Retro Paradise Lifestyle & Scrunchies Kit ($16) comes pretty darn close. The tropical-themed offerings include Hydrating Coconut Mist to soften and scent skin, a shimmery lip gloss, two scrunchies, and a sheet of cute little stickers to bring out a smile.
e.l.f. cosmetics Just Glow With it Skincare Set
For beginners, understanding the nuances of active ingredients can be overwhelming. That's why a curated collection of products is an ideal gift — it eliminates the guesswork and lets the results speak for themselves. e.l.f. cosmetics Just Glow With it Skincare Set ($45) does just that, with a suite of the fundamentals (cleanser, primer, face cream, night cream, eye cream, facial oil, whew!) necessary to maintain radiant, bouncy skin.
e.l.f. cosmetics Frosted Marshmallow Sponge Trio
What's better than one makeup blending sponge? Three of them, all in different shapes and sizes to reach each centimeter of the face precisely. (Oh, and in on-trend pastel colors, too.) That's what you get — and give — with e.l.f. cosmetics Frosted Marshmallow Sponge Trio ($10), which is truly a can't-fail gift for anyone with even the slightest interest in makeup.
e.l.f. cosmetics Goody Gumdrops Nail Set
One bottle of nail polish is a so-so stocking stuffer. But a collection of 10? Now we're talking! e.l.f. cosmetics Goody Gumdrops Nail Set ($10) includes not-so-ordinary neutrals, statement shades, and sparkling toppers. The mini bottles of cruelty-free polish are as cute as they come, and since DIY manicures are going to continue well into 2021, this is one useful gift as well.
e.l.f. cosmetics Candied Cheeks Palette
Some face palettes are too wacky, while others don't have enough variety. Then there's e.l.f. cosmetics Candied Cheeks Palette ($10), which gets the shades and textures just right. It contains two highlighters, two bronzers, two matte blushes, and two shimmer blushes — all of which are super-easy to blend and beyond beautiful when worn. It's a big win all around.
e.l.f. cosmetics King Size 50 Piece Eye and Face Palette
This is it: the biggest, boss-iest palette around. e.l.f. cosmetics King Size 50 Piece Eye and Face Palette ($15) holds 40 eyeshadow shades, five blushes, and five bronzers to encourage a practically limitless number of looks. Will it be barely-there and minimalist? Full-on glam? Or maybe a fantasy face never been dreamed up before? Whatever the makeup goal may be, this palette makes it possible.
e.l.f. cosmetics Best of e.l.f. kit
Spoiler alert: the name of e.l.f. cosmetics Best of e.l.f. kit ($20) 100% gives the concept away. Not that anyone would mind, considering how this set contains four best-selling products to enhance anybody's makeup game. It includes Poreless Putty Primer, Lip Plumping Gloss in Champagne Glam (perfect for NYE!), Jelly Highlighter in Bubbly, and a Total Face Sponge for flawless blending. Consider it an introduction to the products they'll soon be unable to live without.
e.l.f. cosmetics Sugar High 7-Piece Brush Set
These days, there are no rules in makeup. Well, maybe there's one: The right tools make all the difference. And the cruelty-free brushes in e.l.f. cosmetics Sugar High 7-Piece Brush Set ($15) make it easy for novices to practice (and eventually, master) their application techniques. With brushes for eyes, brows, cheeks, and more, this set has the essentials necessary for those just starting out . . . but dreaming of going pro.
e.l.f. cosmetics All That Glitters Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow Vault
Warning: This set is not for wallflowers. But for anyone who appreciates shimmer, color, and a bit of joy in their makeup — and couldn't we all use a little more of those things after this year? — there's the e.l.f. cosmetics All That Glitters Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow Vault ($35). It contains eight shades of the award-winning eyeshadow, which is heralded for its smooth application and incredible light-catching qualities. For a look that stands out in all the right ways, this is it.