Top Picks: Holiday Makeup Sets Under $40


by GinaLisa Tamayo

With the Holiday season coming up, you’re probably wondering what you should get people on your gift list. One thing a girl needs is plenty of options to choose from when she’s doing none other than her makeup.

Makeup always makes a great stocking stuffer for the young lady in your family and a gift for that person you’re always unsure of what to get them.  You’re probably thinking, department store makeup is expensive. Most of the time, it is. So, to help you out here are a few gift sets you might consider. The best part is they are all under $40 dollars!


This set of lip gloss from M.A.C. cosmetics is a great gift to give to a niece or a friend. The combination of bright pinks and bold purples colors makes it a fabulous gift. Guilty passions: 4 Lavish Rose lip gloss $32.50 at

Brighten up your lips and someone’s holiday season with this set of warm and cool lip gloss. This limited edition holiday gift set comes with eight Stila favorites. All is Bright lip gaze set $25 at

This is seriously too cute. This is a must have for the lip perfectionist on your list and as a side note, vampy lips are totally in. It includes a lipstick, lip gloss and a lip pencil all inside a pink leopard print bag! $39.50

Eyes and Face

Eye shadow palette sets are always bound to be a hit with everyone on your list! This wild Hello Kitty eyes shadow set comes with 12 colors, eyeliner, and a compact mirror. These are versatile shades, so it’s perfect for any eye color. Wild Thing Makeup Palette $34

Anyone would be ecstatic to unwrap this all-in-one gift. It includes a palette of eight eye shadows, four lip glosses, blush, shadow primer, eye liner, and a decorative makeup bag! This is a perfect set if you’re unsure whether to go with just lips or eyes. This comes with a little of everything! Too Faced Suddenly Sexy Set $24

This Korres set is the perfect thing to give someone looking for an all natural look. But really, Korres products are made with natural ingredients– say bye bye to GMOs and sulfates! Includes lip gloss, mascara, a compact and face primer. Who wouldn’t want the gift of natural beauty? Goddess Beauty Color Collection $29

Stocking Stuffers

Give the gift of sun-kissed skin with this Too-Faced bronzing duo. It includes a smoothing face primer and a bronzing powder. This is a perfect stocking stuffer for the tanned babe on your list! Hot Coco Collection $10 

Every beauty expert knows brushes are an absolute must for makeup application! This cute package comes with a powder, eye shadow, eye liner, and concealer brush.  Stylish case is included. It’s perfect for anyone on the go! Houndstooth Mini Brush set $15

GinaLisa Tamayo is a senior studying Communication at the University of Southern California. She currently works as a multimedia journalist at Annenberg TV news on campus. GinaLisa interned two summers at KTVU-Fox 2 in Oakland, CA. Prior to her work in broadcast journalism, she worked as an arts and entertainment reporter for an award winning publication called Neon Tommy.  Upon graduating from USC, she plans to move to a smaller market to work as a news reporter. Eventually, GinaLisa would like to report for a news station in the Bay Area, the place she calls home. GinaLisa grew up in beautiful Sonoma County with her parents, little sister Anna, and dog Ricky. Aside from news, she loves to write on an array of topics including fashion, food, and travel.