"Where to start," you ask yourself as you scroll through bullet lipsticks, volumizing mascaras, and colorful eyeshadow palettes in an attempt to find a holiday present for your makeup-obsessed BFF. Sure, scoping out the perfect gift is hard as it is, but when you're shopping for someone who seems to have just about everything related to their favorite niche, it only gets trickier. Fortunately for you, we know a thing or two about creating DIY beauty gift sets for the makeup-lover in your life. So, you can count on us to narrow down the main attraction of this year's holiday gift exchange. Ahead, learn how to create three makeup gift sets that’ll put you on Santa’s nice list.
How To Create a Makeup Gift Set
Before we dive into our three DIY makeup gift sets, let’s go over how to make one. Trust us, it’s easy! Simply take a container of your choice (like a basket, makeup bag, or even a stocking) and fill it with similarly-themed makeup goodies! You can get as creative as you like by adding a gift tag to each product with a note on the reason you’ve included it in the set, individually wrapping each product, or adding some candy canes into the mix. That’s one of our favorite things about beauty gift sets—they’re completely customizable!
1. The Minimalist Makeup Gift Set
If you have a minimalist in your life, you’ll want to keep your makeup gift set simple.
Product Pick #1: Skin luminizer. Those who like to keep their makeup routine to a minimum likely don’t want to wear a full-coverage foundation. Instead, add a skin luminizer, like our L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer, to your minimalist makeup gift set. This glow lotion gives the skin a luminous color tint to enhance your complexion.
Product Pick #2: Cream blush. This blush formula can be easily swiped onto the cheeks and blended out with your fingers. Add the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Blush Shaping Sticks to your set to give the gift of a rosy flush.
Product Pick #3: Brown mascara. Instead of layering on a bold black mascara, the minimalist in your life probably prefers a subtler brown. Give them the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Washable Bold Eye Mascara in Black Brown for a formula that still packs on volume.
Product Pick #4: Brown eyeliner. On the note of brown mascara, a minimalist makeup gift set also calls for brown eyeliner. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Brown can be smudged along the lash line for just the right amount of definition.
Product Pick #5: Sheer lipstick. Finish off your set with a sheer wash of color for the lips. We recommend the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Sparkling Rose, which has a sheer, glossy, and hydrating formula.
2. The Trendsetter Makeup Gift Set
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the makeup-lover that always seems to be doing something different with their routine. Your trendsetter makeup gift set should consist of products that will aid in an out-of-the-box look.
Product Pick #1: Colored mascara. Black mascara will have to sit this one out, because colored mascara was made for those born to make a statement. Add the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Washable Bold Eye Mascara in Deep Green to your set.
Product Pick #2: Colored eyeliner. Just like brown mascara and eyeliner go hand-in-hand, so do colored eyeliner and mascara. Instead of using a black liquid formula to create a wing, stock your BFF’s gift with a more vibrant alternative to do the job. We recommend our L’Oréal Paris Matte Signature Liquid Dip Eyeliner, Waterproof in Blue.
Product Pick #3: Liquid bronzer. Most of us are familiar with powder bronzer, but liquid bronzer is a totally new ballgame. Give the makeup-lover in your life a new type of product to play with, like the L’Oréal Paris Summer Belle Makeup Beach Bae Face & Body Liquid Luminizer, which can be used on the face and body.
Product Pick #4: Plum blush. Step aside, pink blush, because a trendsetting makeup gift set calls for a bold plum color. Gift our L’Oréal Paris True Match Blush in Spiced Plum or L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Radiant Satin Blush with Camellia Oil in Berry.
Product Pick #5: Bold lipstick. Finish your trendsetter makeup gift set with a statement lip color. Consider the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Paris.NY or L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Satin Lipstick in Spice.
3. The Holiday-Ready Makeup Gift Set
It doesn’t get more festive than a holiday-ready makeup gift set. If you want the theme of your present to be all about the holly jolly season, here are five products to include.
Product Pick #1: Gold eyeshadow. Silver and gold—emphasis on the gold. There’s just something about this glittering hue that screams the holiday season, which is why a gold eyeshadow is a must for your holiday-ready makeup gift set. Pick up the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in Crown Gold, which has a liquid formula that glides on seamlessly.
Product Pick #2: Red lipstick. Another color that goes hand-in-hand with the holidays is red—specifically, red lipstick. Add the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Enamel Red to your makeup gift set for the perfect red pout.
Product Pick #3: Silver eyeliner. Like we said, silver and gold are hallmark shades of the holiday season. To focus on the former, add a silver eyeliner into the mix. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Silver.
Product Pick #4: Gold highlighter. We aren’t done with gold recommendations just yet. To add some glistening radiance to the face, your BFF will need a gold highlighter, like our L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops in Golden Glow.
Product Pick #5: Setting spray. The holidays are full of long days (and nights), making it easy for any makeup look to go astray after a few hours. Fortunately, setting spray is every makeup-lovers partner-in-crime this time of year. Toss the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray into your set.
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