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15 Gifts Your Makeup-Loving Mom Will Thank You For

Happy Mother’s Day to the moms obsessed with makeup!

Mother’s Day is coming up! No matter how your mom identifies, if they love makeup, it’s a no-brainer to gift them something that makes them feel beautiful. While every mom has their own preference when it comes to colors and finishes, we’ve put together a list of 15 makeup gifts that will fit most wish lists. Get ready to pull out the credit card – you won’t be able to resist surprising them with these quality products.

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4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Foundation

4-in-1 foundation from pur

PUR’s 4-in-1 foundation takes care of every skin woe they may have. Waltheria extract is infused to help even out skin tone, while shea butter totally nourishes and vitamin E hydrates and protects. The magic ingredient: PUR’s proprietary Ceretin complex, which consists of retinol, lactic acid, shea butter, and ceramides to rejuvenate skin without irritation, plus fight signs of aging. (Not that they’re aging, of course.)

BUY NOW – $29.50


LASH BEATS MASCARA

elf makeup lash beats mascara

If mom prefers to be casual with their mascara, but still wants to rock elongated lashes, nothing beats Lash Beats Mascara. At a ridiculously affordable $6, they’ll love the buildable mascara that brings oomph to their lashes without looking like spider legs. The secret: a formula that includes hydrating and nourishing ingredients, like castor oil and vitamin E, applied with a narrow and flexible brush that separates and defines each lash.

BUY NOW – $6


PHYTO-KHOL PERFECT N°1 BLACK

sisley paris PHYTO-KHOL PERFECT N°1 BLACK

I’ve always been a pencil gal, and Sisley’s Phyto-Kohl Nº5 in Noir (black) goes on smooth and stays on for a long time. Depending on your mom’s preference, there are matte, metallic, and iridescent finishes within the 10 shade options, which also include neutrals and fun colors, like purple and navy. Ingredients include softening castor oil, smoothing wild rose, and beeswax to make it last.

BUY NOW – $63


Unisex Nail Polish

now nail polish in cosmic confetti

Your mom is the life of the party always, are they not? Exactly. So, celebrate their fun personality with nail polish that matches it! NOW Nail Polish was founded by a past feature of ours, NOH8 Campaign co-founder Jeff Parshley (whom we also featured alongside Johnny Kritsberg), and unlike other “gender-neutral” nail polish brands mainly geared toward men, the brand is truly unisex. Who doesn’t love rocking confetti on their fingers, hm?

BUY NOW – $7.50


MAC Lipstick

mac matte lipstick in russian red

MAC is the classic, with tons of color choices in a variety of finishes. My personal favorites are the purple Heroine and classic Russian Red, but you really can’t go wrong with any shade. It’s a full-coverage lipstick, so if mom is more into sheers, you’ll want to stay away from this lipstick (which is what blew MAC up in the first place). But if they’re fierce and fans of a bold pucker, they’ll love the soft, cushion-y feel of this formula.

BUY NOW – $15.20


5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette

dior five shadow palette

A classy mom needs a classy shadow, so treat them to one that has “Couture” in the name. Dior’s 5 Couleurs palette comes in multiple collections, from dark neutrals to blues to pinks, so mom can have the eyeshadow look she desires. Each shadow is infused with soothing aloe and smoothing and softening pine oil, so not only will their lids be super pigmented, but they’ll feel comfy, too.

BUY NOW – $62


SECURE SKIN GRIPPING SERUM PRIMER

lys face primer serum

Primer is important to keep makeup on all day, and if your mom is busy like mine, then you know they need one. Lys’ primer is a serum filled with good ingredients that create the perfect foundation for their look: niacinamide to control sebum and lessen the appearance of pores, ginger root extract helps even tone, and an AHA fruit blend of orange, lemon, bilberry, sugar cane, and sugar maple extracts gently exfoliate and brighten.

BUY NOW – $20


Continuous Correction™ CC Cream SPF 50+

dermablend cc cream with spf

Before we jump into this CC cream, let’s go over what it is: a powerhouse, basically. CC creams do it all, helping to protect from sun damage, act as a foundation and concealer, and moisturize all at once. DermaBlend’s CC cream is full-coverage, acting like a true foundation, but it still treats your skin with a blend of antioxidants from ingredients like caffeine and the terpenoids in the Baikal skullcap root extract (used most commonly in Chinese and Korean medicine).

BUY NOW – $39


Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel

benefit gimme brow+ volumizing eyebrow gel

Bushy eyebrows are in, though we all know that overplucking was a big thing pre 2010’s and some eyebrows just… haven’t recovered. Enter: Benefit Cosmetics, whose Gimme Brow gel will volumize and add pigment to eyebrows. The ~benefit~: there are 10 shades to choose from, including an auburn, so you can find one that doesn’t create overdrawn brows. The tapered brush is what gives this gel its edge – it’s (almost) impossible for them to mess up.

BUY NOW – $24


Supernatural Stick Multi-Use Blush

w3ll people blush lip tint

Let them breeze through their routine by gifting them W3LL PEOPLE’s multi-use blush, a total steal at $22 for a 2-in-1. It’s super convenient, coming in its stick format, so they can throw it in their pockets or bags and then apply anywhere. They’ll also love the soothing, plant-based ingredients, notably: jojoba oil to lock in moisture, sunflower seed oil to hydrate, and green tea to protect from free radicals. 

BUY NOW – $22


Tinted Lip Balm

honest beauty lip balm tint

If they aren’t the lipstick type, which, fair, they’re probably still a lip balm person. If (read: since) that’s the case, they’ll appreciate Honest’s smooth and softening tinted lip balm, which comes in seven shade options (including a clear option). The two star ingredients: Açai extract, which is bursting with protective antioxidants, and avocado oil, which moisturizes to the nth degree. They’ll have the softest lips and a bitten-lip-esque tint.

BUY NOW – $8.99


pen pal: 4-in-1 touchup pen

alleyoop 4 in 1 pen with eyeliner, eyebrow, lip liner, and higlighter

For the mom who’s constantly on-the-go, carrying around a bunch of products just isn’t an option. That’s why they’ll be grateful for Alleyoop’s Pen Pal, which is a 4-in-1 (love that!). An eyeliner, lip liner, brow pencil, and highlighter all in one product is hard to beat, but Alleyoop went the extra mile and provides them with color options, rather than assuming one-size-fits-all. $25 for four products in one convenient product? Seriously? It really doesn’t get better than that.

BUY NOW – $25


Buffer Brush

sappho new paradigm buffing brush for makeup

I know that, for my tardive dyskinesia, I need something to hold onto that curves. That’s why I’m so grateful to Sappho New Paradigm for this creation… and if your mom struggles with the same thing, they’ll also appreciate the accessible gift that is this makeup brush. It’s considered a buffing brush, and the thousands of super soft, cruelty-free bristles work with any product you’re using. Get ready for a flawless finish when applying that DermaBlend CC cream.

BUY NOW – $32


CK ONE

ck one gender neutral fragrance

Chances are, your mom already has a signature scent. But who says you can’t wear more than one perfume, hm? Tell your mom to try out Calvin Klein’s CK One, a unisex perfume that doesn’t lean toward masculine or feminine – perfect for neutrality, or for when they want to share with a partner who doesn’t like gendered fragrances. It’s affordable, with 6.7 oz. costing less than $80 – not bad at all for a scent meant for everyone.

BUY NOW – $54+


Best Mom Ever Makeup Bag

best mom ever makeup bag

Awww, we all know mom will love this reminder. Every makeup lover needs a makeup bag to carry around their products in (when they have space to, of course… but we all know they’ll make space). Instead of following the trends, give them a makeup bag that reminds them that they’re your mom, sure, but the best mom, too. The flowers are a gorgeous finish to the canvas bag, which measures 26” x 14” – a perfect size for the necessities.

BUY NOW – $10.99

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Which makeup gifts will you be getting for your mom? Tell us below!


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