The holiday season brings sugar, spice and everything nice, especially when it comes to makeup and skincare. Don’t panic if you haven’t finished Christmas shopping for all the beauty lovers in your life. Keep reading for 25 last-minute, affordable stocking stuffer ideas that won’t break the bank.
Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara has garnered over 3,800 five-star reviews on Ulta’s website. Its unique brush gives you a full-fan effect and adds major volume to your lashes. Buyers rave about its lengthening ability, how well it separates each lash and how easy the application is.
Shape, define and fill your eyebrows to perfection with NYX’s Micro Brow Pencil. It has a spoolie on one end and a pencil on the other, with a creamy formula for ultra long wear. The vegan product comes in eight different shades.
Juvia’s Place has been called the most pigmented eyeshadow formula ever. The Nubian Mini Eyeshadow Palette has six classic nudes and neutrals in a convenient container that fits easily into any makeup bag or purse. The best part? Juvia’s is a Black woman-owned business.
Make sure you’re priming your eyes before applying your favorite eyeshadow. The CoverGirl Lid Lock Up Eyeshadow Primer is a quick-to-dry cream formula and ensures a crease-proof look.
Go bold or go home! The L.A. Girl Shockwave Eyeliner has striking neon and metallic shades that will make any eye color pop. The smudge-proof, water-resistant gel formula glides on like a dream and is easy to sharpen when the tip gets dull.
Essence has really stepped up its game lately. The gorgeous Mosaic Blush’s buildable formula gives you a subtle glow without overdoing it. “All You Need Is Pink” is more of a peachy color that’s ideal for people with warm undertones, and “The Berry Connection” is better for those with cooler undertones.
The Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer Palette gives you a goddess glow. Each of the three bronzers has a soft and creamy texture that looks and smells like heaven. You’ll look absolutely sun-kissed even without treating yourself to a tropical getaway.
I’m a sucker for shimmer. J.Cat Beauty’s Shimmery Powder can be used on your cheeks, eyes, nose or anywhere you want extra glam. Smooth on with a brush or wet it before use for a more foiled look.
e.l.f. Cosmetics, you just keep getting better. With both blush and highlighter, the Bite-Size Face Duo packs a punch for only a few bucks. The mini compact comes in eight combos that look great on all skin tones. Toss it in your purse for a touch-up on the go.
If you’re new to contouring, check out the Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette. It has eight pans of contour and highlight shades that are versatile and easy to apply. One reviewer who’s a competitive cheerleader said they use the palette for competitions and it stays in place through all of the sweat.
The NYX Butter Gloss has received much acclaim from the beauty community, and for good reason. The non-sticky gloss leaves lips soft and supple, which makes it essential for everyday makeup looks. You can choose from 31 colors that include warm peaches, cool pinks and rich browns, all of which are unbelievably beautiful.
Sometimes all you need is a simple tinted lip balm to finish your look. This one from Honest Beauty is made with avocado oil to nourish your lips and lock in moisture for up to eight hours. It has a sheer and buildable formula.
Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick is for those who are after a matte lip look. The product comes in 23 creamy colors, so there’s truly something for everyone. The supple formula includes agave, moringa oil and capuacu butter.
The Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint gives you a touch of color with some shimmer thrown in for extra flair. The 100% vegan formula has no talc, parabens, phthalates or mineral oil, so you can feel good about what you’re putting on your lips.
As with eyes, you’ve got to start with a solid base before application. For foundation, why not try the Almay Skin Perfecting Sheer Pink Comfort Care Primer? It’s made with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, and glycerin, which hydrates and plumps the skin.
With buildable coverage, the Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Liquid Foundation gives you a matte, camera-ready look. What we love most about this product is that it lists the specific undertone on each bottle, making the buying process a whole lot easier. If you’re unsure about your undertone or what that is, click here.
Full coverage for the win! Combat dark circles using Maybelline’s Super Stay Under-Eye Concealer that’s waterproof and smudge-resistant. The paddle applicator ensures a seamless finish with just a swipe.
The e.l.f. Cosmetics Halo Glow Setting Powder is my go-to after I’ve applied my foundation and concealer. It feels weightless on the skin and gives me a light glow that’s not overwhelming. You can use it with a setting brush or dip your beauty sponge straight into the container.
CoverGirl’s Clean Matte Pressed Powder eliminates shine and is ideal for those with oily skin. Dust it on top of your foundation (or after setting powder, if you use that) to keep everything in place. Stow it in your bag for touch-ups throughout the day.
Lock in your look with the Ulta Wannabe Fresh Setting Spray. It has a lovely coconut scent and keeps your makeup fresh all day long. Spray before applying your foundation as an added primer or spritz after your look is done, and you’re ready for the day.
Use the Banila Co Clean It Zero Original at bedtime to fully remove your makeup and let your skin breathe. With hot springs water, Vitamin E and Vitamin C, the Banila balm works with all skin types to hydrate and melt away stubborn cosmetics at the same time.
This may be the coolest bottle we’ve ever seen. Holika Holika’s Aloe Facial Cleansing Foam is hypoallergenic, lightweight and non-sticky. The clear jelly turns into bubbles that gently remove dead skin and leftover makeup, plus it soothes sensitive skin.
Salicylic acid is well-known for removing grime on the surface of the skin and preventing future acne. The Formula 10.0.6 So Totally Clean Deep Pore Cleanser is pretty strong, according to reviews, so be careful not to overdo it. Apply a few drops to a cotton pad and smooth it over your face and neck.
Let’s be honest, the Essence Hello, Good Stuff! Milky Face Moisturizer packaging is completely adorable. The lightweight moisturizer is made with tumeric, which works to reduce redness, and vegan oat water, which provides intense hydration. It doesn’t contain any oil or alcohol.
The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating 100% Hydrogel Mask is made for all skin types. It contours to the shape of your face and locks in moisture. Be careful when taking it out of the package–it’s very slippery and I almost dropped it on my bathroom floor the first time I used it! Like the other products in the Hydro Boost line, it has a non-comedogenic formula that won’t clog pores.