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Your 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

The Best Gifts for Makeup Lovers: Your 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

28 Sep 2023

No matter how you celebrate, there’s no denying that the holiday season is infectious—not least because of the plentiful opportunities for shopping. Gifts for makeup lovers are especially fun to shop for, especially once those holiday-exclusive makeup gift sets drop. With the season of giving fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what to buy for your loved ones. Thankfully, we’re here to help make the process a bit easier.

Ahead, we’ve put together the ultimate NYX Professional Makeup holiday gift guide, with beauty and makeup gifts for everyone on your list. Whether they’re a lipstick lover, an eye makeup icon, or a fan of all things face makeup, we’ve got something in our holiday collection to delight them. Discover our favorite holiday gifts for everyone below (and don’t forget to treat yourself to a little something, too).

Holiday Eye Makeup Gift Ideas

Eye makeup always makes for a great gift for makeup lovers—and luckily for your giftee, we’ve got plenty to keep them occupied throughout the holiday season.


Help them decorate their tree and perfect that iconic cat eye look with our equally iconic Epic Ink Waterproof Liquid Liner Ornament ($10). The 2023 Allure Best of Beauty Award-winning eyeliner features a slim felt tip ideal for creating smooth, controlled lines. Plus, the fluid formula is waterproof and smudge-proof—so their makeup will stay epic, even if they’re caught in a snowstorm.

If they’re someone who likes to experiment with their eye makeup, consider snagging the holiday-exclusive Vivid Liner Duo ($12). Featuring our Vivid Matte Liquid Liner in classic Black and Vivid Brights Liquid Liner in the bubblegum-esque Don’t Pink Twice, this is the perfect pairing for those seeking bold, graphic liner looks.


Are they a color queen or king? Treat them to a few of our holiday Jumbo Eye Pencils ($6). Available in 16 creamy shades, these multi-use eye crayons apply quickly, blend evenly, and pair beautifully with other eye makeup products.

For those who want to shine as bright as tinsel, nothing beats the Ultimate Glow Shot Brightening Liquid Eyeshadow Set ($23). The makeup gift set includes a trio of long-lasting, shimmery liquid eyeshadows, and the shades (Glitzy Guava, Plum Player, and Blackberry Boss) are perfect for holiday parties.

Holiday Shadow Palettes

If you ask us, the best gifts for makeup lovers are those that can be used to create different looks, like shadow palettes. That’s why we recommend snagging the limited-edition Ultimate Shadow Palette in Flamingo Frost ($20) for your favorite giftee. This pro-quality palette contains 16 bold shades: seven mattes, five frosted shimmers, and four party-ready metallics. The shadows deliver true-to-pan color and can be used in any number of imaginative ways.


As any beauty buff knows, no eye makeup look is complete without lashes. Luckily, we’ve got you covered there, too. This holiday season, treat your loved one (or, ahem, yourself) to our holiday-exclusive Jumbo Lash Feathery Flirt Kit ($20). Like our Jumbo Lash! Longwear False Lash System, this holiday gift set features a pair of flexible false lash strips that can be reused up to 15 times. Also included is an adhesive liner that you can use to apply the lashes—so there’s no need to mess around with slow-drying glue or unwieldy magnets.

Holiday Lip Gift Ideas

The world of lip makeup is vast. Whether your giftee prefers natural, no-makeup makeup or falls squarely into the camp of “more is more,” we have the lip makeup to suit their vibe. Find our favorite lip gift ideas and holiday lip shades below.

Holiday Lipsticks

Looking for lipstick? Spoil your giftee with our holiday-exclusive Matte Lip Trio ($19). This makeup gift set features three full-sized tubes of our Smooth Whip Matte Lip Cream, a vegan liquid lipstick with a vibrant, smooth matte finish. With the set, they’ll get three versatile holiday lip shades: Cherry Creme, a bold, electric red; Memory Foam, a warm chocolatey hue; and Onesie Funsie, a can’t-be-missed mauve.

Holiday Lip Glosses

If glosses are more their speed, that’s great: We’ve got plenty of those, too. For beauty lovers who like to keep it low-key, we suggest the Butter Lip Gloss Trio ($13). Inside the set are three versatile nude glosses, all of which boast a high-shine finish, sans stickiness. Or, if you’re simply shopping for a stocking stuffer, grab one of the limited-edition Butter Lip Gloss Candy Swirl ($6) shades. There are five to choose from, and they’re all made to pair with shades in our Slim Lip Pencil ($5) lineup.

Want to treat them to a bit more color? Try the High Shine Gloss Trio ($26.50). It includes three glossy, dual-ended lip colors that provide up to 16 hours of transfer-resistant wear.

And if you really want to go all out this holiday season, give your loved one Butter Gloss Beneath the Wreath ($60). The holiday-exclusive set comes jam-packed with 14 full-sized Butter Lip Glosses in a range of shades, from soft nudes to bright pinks and reds—plus three limited-edition Candy Swirl glosses.

Finally, if you’re struggling to decide between gloss and lipstick: You don’t have to choose! Our 12 Days of Kissmas ($50) set includes both high-shine glosses and creamy lipsticks, with six Butter Lip Gloss tubes, four Smooth Whip Matte Lip Creams, and two wear-anywhere Suede Lipsticks. Plus, it’s packaged like a mini advent calendar—so your giftee can open up all their gifts at once, or space the surprises out over the holiday season.

Pro Tip: If you aren’t sure which colors of lipstick and gloss to gift, you can’t go wrong with classic holiday lip shades. Your recipient will have plenty of seasonal events where they can rock a bold red lip or a beautiful berry hue. A reddish-brown gloss (paired with gold shadow for extra holiday glam) is another great option that can be worn during the winter and beyond.

Makeup Setting Gift Ideas

For the person who already has an extensive makeup collection they want to show off, give the gift of extended wear with our Makeup Setting Spray Duo ($15). This practical gift for makeup lovers contains one Matte Finish Setting Spray and one Dewy Setting Spray—so they can seal in any makeup look with up to 16 hours of wear.

All-In-One Holiday Sets

The holidays are a time to spoil the ones you love most—and there’s no better way to do that (in our eyes) than with a curated makeup gift set.

Keep them on their toes with the Pull-to-Sleigh Makeup Surprise Box ($70). Inside this holiday-exclusive makeup gift set is an assortment of 14 cult-favorite NYX Professional Makeup products, including a six-pan shadow palette, several matte and glossy lip colors, a cream highlighter, and blush. Rounding out the set is a makeup sponge (perfect for applying and blending cream makeup) and a miniature candy-striped nail file.

Whether you decide to snag a set or go the a la carte route, makeup is the gift that keeps on giving. From face makeup to lipstick and more, NYX Professional Makeup has what you need to come out on top at this year’s gift swap. Once you finish with this gift guide, don’t forget to browse our bestsellers and find more favorites that you can shop all year round.

You can also take your gift giving to the next level by packaging it with some advice. After all, what good is having a stacked makeup collection if you don’t know what to do with it all? Help your giftee find the perfect inspiration for every holiday party and gathering in our article 10 Stunning Holiday Makeup Looks for Your Next Soiree, which includes 10 easy-to-follow tutorials for creating eye-catching and party-ready looks.

Next: Round out any gift with a curated set of makeup brushes so they can apply their makeup perfectly every time. Learn which ones you need to buy in our article The Expert NYX Professional Makeup Guide to Makeup Brushes.

Got a holiday makeup look you love? Show it off on social and tag us @NYXCosmetics—we’d love to share in the cheer.


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