Holiday Gift Guide: The Best of Beauty! - QC Makeup Academy

Don’t stress if you can’t find the perfect gift for your sister or you can’t afford to splurge this season. We built a complete list of the best beauty products to gift this holiday season!

From small and simple gifts to extravagant beauty hauls, here are the most coveted beauty choices for QC’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!


Christmas gift collections are perfect for the beauty guru in your life who loves to try new products!

These holiday gifts are ideal for a girl who loves high-end brands but doesn’t splurge on her makeup collection.

Our favorites include the Bumble and Bumble kit for all hair types, the Too Faced Naughty Kisses & Sweet Cheeks set, and, for the skincare addict in your life, Laneige’s Good Night kit will give that winter glow with their nighttime beauty products.

Holiday beauty and makeup gift guide for Christmas 2016

Like the element of surprise? Give an early gift with the Nyx Wanderlust Advent Calendar. These beauty surprises will build up excitement for the holidays!

Bath Beauties

We all know someone who obsesses over bath products. Oh wait…that’s us! Fuel this fire with relaxing bath products and give a gift that will knock people off their feet (and probably straight into the tub…)

And what kind of kind of Christmas would it be for a bath lover without Lush products? The holiday favorites we crave are the 12 Days of Christmas giftset and the Northern Lights bath bomb set. Or, if you’re feeling a little silly, the Santasaurus bubble bar is super cute. These bath sets will turn the tub into a festive holiday retreat!

Your gift will impress even the biggest bath enthusiast!

Glam Lips

For your lipstick-loving friends! Finding someone a new shade can be daring, but many lipstick lovers thrive on trying new colors!

Check out the MAC holiday collection. The lip color Leap of Delight is a luscious deep purple—a trendy shade for every holiday party!

Benefit’s They’re Real! lip kit is another fabulous choice for the lipstick fiend in your life. Give them the gift of a plump pout in four different shades!

But if you’re looking for the ultimate gift for a lipstick addict, check out the Nyx Lipstick Vault! With 24 shades of their Liquid Suede Lip Crème, there’s no end to the style possibilities!

Woman opening Christmas beauty and makeup gifts 2016


A smart gift for any beauty addict in your life: new makeup brushes!

Brush sets are a holiday favorite in the beauty department, whether you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or splurging on a high-end gift! On the inexpensive side of the spectrum, we have the famous Elf brush sets. Not only are they reasonably priced, they do a good job! From travel sets to full collections, Elf is the place to start for holiday gifts.

On the other end of the spectrum, Sephora brush sets are high quality—but they also come with the price tag. Personally, I’ve used my Sephora set for over 3 years and the brushes are in excellent shape! Just goes to show that you can’t go wrong spending a few extra bucks.

Festive Fragrance

When it comes to fragrance, you need to know what scents your friends and family enjoy. There’s nothing worse than getting a gift that you will never use. So if you’re buying perfume for someone else, a gift receipt is a good idea to include!

The best way to choose perfumes and scented lotions is to stick with subtle scents—unless you’re sure they’ll love it! Bath and Body Works has a huge line of fragrances, and the holiday scents are to die for. Our favorites? The classic Sweet Pea and Vanilla Bean Noel!

If you’re looking for a perfume with a little more sophistication, look no further than Victoria’s Secret! Try the scents Tease (equipped with a cute vintage pump) and Bombshell. Both have character without being too overwhelming!

Need more justification for this pricey purchase? My Victoria’s Secret perfume (100mL) lasted well over a year—and I used it every day!

Soothing Candles

Everyone loves a good-smelling candle, and we mean everyone!

The best places to look are Bath and Body Works (they have great holiday candles—and they’re usually on sale!) and Yankee Candle. It might seem steep to spend over $20 on a candle, but hey, it’s Christmas! Plus, these babies are made to last.

Check out the Spiced White Cocoa scent by Yankee Candle. Your home will smell like a piece of heavenly holiday cake!

Christmas and holiday candles for Christmas gifts—Bath and Body Works candles

Have a Very Hairy Christmas!

We all love our lustrous locks, and the best way to keep them hydrated is with quality hair products. Give your friends the chance to splurge on their hair this winter!

For winter protection, this Verb Holiday Hydrate kit will save hair from cold, dry days!

Or do you have a friend who changes their hair color every chance they get? This Klorane Color Intense Ritual kit will keep their hair vibrant and healthy!


It’s nearly impossible to narrow down a whole slew of nail polish brands to a couple of favorite shades—but we’ll do our best.

The OPI’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s line is breathtaking. Bright colors, light colors, dark colors, and glitter! This is one of the most versatile color lines I’ve seen in a while—there’s a shade for every occasion.

Now let’s move on to Essie. Known for their pastels and subtle colors, Essie has a shade for every type of girl. Gift a color that can be worn all year round, like a subtle gold!

Nail polish works as a gift since you can go classic or bold. There’s always a hot shade steaming up the season, so stick with the latest trend!

Holiday beauty and makeup gifts for a Christmas makeup look

Remember, beauty isn’t the only ingredient in these products! You’ll inspire confidence, self-care, and cheerfulness—a must for every holiday season!

Get more holiday gift ideas from the QC Staff’s must-have winter beauty products! These products work winter wonders!

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