Gifting Beauty Essentials: 6 Make Up Must-Haves

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There’s nothing better than getting brand new makeup as a gift! It’s such a fun surprise, from the packaging, to the beautiful design of the product, to applying it and seeing what it looks like when you put it on your skin!

Whether you’re looking for something for your best friend, sister, mom or aunt, adding one or two of your favorite makeup items or brands to your gift is simply thoughtful and fun.

I’ve rounded up a few of my must-have beauty items that I use every single day to help get you started on the best gifts for your babes!

bareMinerals Foundation

I have been a HUGE bareMinerals fan since I was in middle school. It covers anything that pops up, whether it’s blackheads, pimples or dark circles all without leaving too much residue.

My skin is oily and doesn’t do well with liquid foundation. I love how the powder is made with natural minerals so I don’t feel too bad about wearing make up every day. I use one of their newer shades “soft medium”. To buy, click here.

bareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush

This brush works perfectly with the bareMinerals foundation. I turn my foundation jar over, tap it lightly several times to get the powder out from the dispenser, then I turn it back around and get out my brush.

From there, I swirl the brush in the foundation and tap it on the edge to remove any excess. Then I apply to my face. I do this 2-3 times depending on how much coverage I want.

This foundation and brush is perfect for the girlfriend or sister who loves a natural, sunkissed look! To buy, click here.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lip-Gloss, Heartbreaker

I have experimented with SO many lip colors, lipsticks and lip glosses over the years. Between MAC, Kyle, Lipsense, Tarte, Bobbi Brown, Trish McEvoy and several others, my all time favorite gloss is the bareMinerals lip gloss line.

The scent is refreshing and the consistency is thick, leaving almost a stain when the gloss starts to wear off. Lip color looks good on everyone, and this lip gloss is an instant hit! To buy, click here.

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer

Ya’ll – I added this primer to my make up routine a little over a year ago and it seriously changed the game on my face of flaws. But really – I can’t believe I went almost 25 years without using this primer! To buy, click here.

It covers large pores (which I, unfortunately, am genetically blessed with) and acts almost as a concealer. It also helps my powder foundation stay in place throughout the entire day. Surprising your best girlfriend or mom with this primer could be a serious lifesaver that they didn’t even know existed!!

Trish McEvoy Precision Brow Shaper

Oh the brows – I’ll admit I’ve definitely experimented a bit much with the brows. I love make up tutorials on YouTube but my brows are naturally thick and out of control, so some of the products I used to use were a bit overkill.

I love this brow pencil because it allows you to draw very fine, hair-like (is that a word?!) lines on your brows where you need to just barely fill them in.

I also draw a little stronger arch at the top. Trish McEvoy is quickly becoming a fave make up brand for me. Your gals are sure to love this brow pencil! To buy, click here.

Benefit Roller Lash

I saved the best for last 🙂 this picture doesn’t even do it justice, but this is my ALL TIME favorite mascara. I have been dedicated the the Maybelline pink bottle $4 mascara my entire life, even after trying the more expensive brands, but this pink and black bottle of magic does everything I need it to do: curls, lifts and adds volume. The only thing I hate is that I run out typically after one month. I spend about 5-7 minutes applying it (on a good day) which is probably why I run out so fast! #mascarajunkie To buy, click here.

I hope this was a helpful guide for you all to get some ideas on what to gift the beautiful ladies in your life. What’s your favorite beauty item? What make up item can you simply not live without?

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