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The Inventory Makeup Gift Guide For The Beauty Guru or Novice In Your Life

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Makeup is like a love language for some people. When you meet someone else who is passionate about makeup – or who also has no idea what they’re doing – a bond is formed. If you’ve been trying to create a Christmas list for yourself or the beauty lover in your life, you’re in luck. This gift guide covers pretty much every step of the makeup routine that you would need. It can be a guide for makeup novices and gurus will certainly know every item on this list.

Also, it is important to remember, if you’re going to do a full face of makeup, your skincare regimen should be planned out top to bottom.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer, $36
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A full face of makeup requires a strong base. A tried and true primer that is a favorite among many is the Smashbox Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer.


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If $36 is way out of your price range, Wet ‘n Wild saves the day with their $3 Photo Focus Primer Water.

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You can’t exactly do your makeup if you don’t have the tools. Morphe is well-known for its inexpensive brushes that are high-end quality. One of their more popular collaborations of the last few years was the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill set, get the Eye Master Collection and Complexion Master Collection to master a full face.

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Now, a good foundation depends very much on your skin type. NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation comes in over 30 shades and is known to work for a variety of skin textures and oil consistencies.


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You don’t need to break the bank to get a full-coverage, long-wear foundation. Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Liquid Foundation is under $10!

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Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, $7
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If you need a good concealer to hide the bags under your eyes, Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer will do the trick.

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Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer, $27
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If you ever want to believe the hype about a concealer, Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer won’t let you down.

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A palette is typically a great avenue to go when buying eyeshadow, as you can get a wide range of color choices and combinations. The Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette should be a staple in everyone’s makeup bag.

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Going Coconuts Shadow Palette, $12
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You don’t need to spend $42 if you don’t want to. ColourPop’s Going Coconuts Shadow Palette is gorgeous and under $15.

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Shimmer Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter, $38
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Leave a (ton) of sparkle wherever you go with BECCA’s Shimmer Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter. There are 11 different shades, but everyone knows that Champagne Pop is the shit.


Milani Stroblight Instant Glow Powder, $10
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Or you can shine with this $10 Milani highlighter.

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzing Powder, $30
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One of the most universal bronzers that can work with a multitude of skin tones is Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzing Powder, which comes in lite, original, medium-deep, and deep.


Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, $6
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You can butter your face with sun-kissed glow with this Physicians Formula.

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MAC Powder Blush, $25
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If you’re looking for a soft blush that won’t make you look too flushed or washed out, MAC Powder Blush is the trick. Of the 10 shades, Peaches is the most universal.

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L’Oreal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara, $8
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You don’t have to drop a ton of money on high-end mascara when you can get L’Oreal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara for under $10.

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Or get Maybelline mascara for only $5.

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Stila Waterproof Liquid Liner, $22
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You will have the best cat eye in the room when you use Stila Waterproof Liquid Liner. Some expensive eyeliners are really worth the money and Stila is one of them.

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Kylie, who? If you’re going to spend a pretty penny on lipstick, Huda Beauty is the way to go. The brand’s liquid matte lipstick won’t dry your lips out. And the matte power bullet lipstick is classified as a matte but goes on creamy and smooth.

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Te concealer under your eyes won’t crinkle and crease when you use this Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder.

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Yeah, it’s not just setting powder that you need, you’ll also want to get some setting spray. There’s a reason that Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray is a cult favorite. It really does exactly what it says.


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And if you’re not about to spend $30 on a spray, you can get a dupe from NYX that is only $5.

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Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover, $5
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And when you’re all said and done, get that shit off your face in one quick swipe with a bottle of Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover.


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Ana Suarez

Ana works as a commerce editor, but her dream job would be making her senior Yorkie, Tyrone, Insta famous.