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The perfect make up gifts for every Christmas beauty budget

From treats to thrill your BFF to make up masterpieces, browse our beauty have-to-haves at every price tag… oh, and try not to blow the whole budget on YOU (whoops)…

If your squad has put up with a lot lately (blame it on Mercury, natch), give thanks for their unfailing loaning-of-shoulders with Too Faced’s cute (purse friendly) {Better Than Sex Deluxe Ornament} – a sweet, tree-shaped treat for your patient best friends…

A quartet of handbag-compatible (smooch-proof!) lip colours, Huda’s adorable {Liquid Matte Minis} are perfect for stuffing in stockings. Ideal for your sister who’s single (but eager to mingle this winter), choose the cool, look-at-me ‘Power Pinks’ edit to ensure she’s belle of the NYE ball!

If your mother-in-law favours life’s finer things, BY TERRY’s chic {Beauty Favourites} quartet will thrill even determined adversaries (she still bears a grudge for that time you dropped highlight all over her fancy new carpet). With four stylish favourites – Baume de Rose, Ombré Blackstar, Hydra Powder and Mascara – this might win forgiveness… (*might*).

If you’ve got an Instaglam icon to buy for, turn to Jouer for a poseur-appropriate palette. A wardrobe of peacock-hued shadows that’s sure to earn infinite ‘likes’ from beauty disciples, {Making Magic Ultra Foil Gift Set} unites a sleek, eyeshadow palette with smoky lid ‘topper’ to instantly up the intensity *pow*!

Help someone special to rein in their mess with this cool silver {Vanity Case} from THE globe’s beauty guru. Perfect for siblings who struggle to keep their collection in check, this see-through stow-it-all comes with partitions to separate bases from brushes and lipsticks from liners (praise be!). Complete with a generous mirror contained in the lid, this stylish vault both contains and show-CASES ta soeur’s make up favourites. ‘Best Sister’ brownie points, coming your way…

If your Secret Santa is your quirky office colleague, Benefit’s brilliant {Confection Cuties} unites three adorable make up must-haves that are certain to make ‘work wives’ smile. Starring brow-taming gel, a mini mascara and pint-sized POREfessional primer (it’s great for professionals!), this shows your favourite co-worker they’re cherished.

NOTHING says ‘I love you’ like a shimmering shadow for each of the twelve days of Christmas… jewel-hued and beee-ay-ooootiful, Stila’s incredible {All Eyes On You Liquid Eye Shadow Vault} will delight a die-hard make up maven this Christmas. Starring a spectrum of glimmers so precious they ought to be kept in a safe (to protect them from light-fingered friends), this gorgeous wardrobe of party-appropriate hues – from twinkling diamond to cool, inky blue – will earn you a year’s worth of gratitude #fact.

For those who have a grown-up shadow addict on their gift list, BECCA’s new {Volcano Goddess} offering is packed with smooth, butter-soft suedes, silky satins and twinkling sequins to elevate glamorous gazes. Beautifully housed and a gorgeous addition to seamlessly styled dressing tables, this is the ultimate wardrobe to make the transition from subtle to scandalous, fast!


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…