Best makeup kits for the 2016 holiday season — Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever and more

Best makeup kits for the 2016 holiday season — Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever and more
Source: Pat McGrath, Urban Decay, M.A.C Cosmetics
Source: Pat McGrath, Urban Decay, M.A.C Cosmetics

Makeup kits for holiday gift giving are a great buy because they differ in application tools, color palettes, skill level and skin type.

For the beginner, a basic kit may include a primer, mascara and lip gloss. Someone who quickly beats their face before work may appreciate a contour set or tools to protect their eyebrows. The girl who loves vibrant colors may be interested in a 20-piece eye shadow color palette. But for the truly bold, a high-definition metamorphosis kit from makeup veteran Pat McGrath would bring instant joy.

It's all about skill level and necessity. And we've got makeup kits from M.A.C Cosmetics, Urban Decay, Laura Geller and more that range from just learning to apply lip liner to professional makeup artist-level.

If you liked our gifts for the music lovers, you should definitely check out these fantastic makeup kits.

Editor's note: Prices and product availability are subject to change throughout the holidays.

Pat McGrath Labs Metalmorphosis 005, $60

Pat McGrath Labs Metalmorphosis 005
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Sephora

Makeup veteran Pat McGrath created this highly pigmented collection of products for glam factor suited for runway, editorial, Halloween or any other festive occasion. Each kit comes with a pigment (multiple metallic options), cream, mixing liquid and dual-ended marker to apply anywhere on the body.

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eye Shadow Palette, $55

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
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Urban Decay

Everyone has a beauty brand they're loyal to, and for those of you who love Urban Decay, this is the pinnacle of palettes. This limited edition palette includes 21 eye shadow shades that we predict will last for a while.

Make Up For Ever Artistic Essentials Collection, $35

Make Up For Ever Artistic Essentials Collection
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Make Up For Ever

This box has all the basics one would need to begin their journey of perfect selfies. Aside from a concealer (that's not included), there's a primer, lengthening mascara, black eyeliner, pigmented lip gloss and HD powder set the look and reflect well on camera.

Laura Geller Holiday Train Case Collection, $99.18

Laura Geller Holiday Train Case Collection
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QVC

Jennifer Lopez's 1999 "Waiting for Tonight" glow has nothing on the person equipped with this Laura Geller set. Not for nothing, we'd at least buy it for the person who's constantly losing their bronzer and needs a couple replacement options.

Tattoo Concealer And Remover Set, $16.99

Tattoo Concealer And Remover Set
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T.J. Maxx

We'd hope there aren't too many occasions when a tattoo would have to be concealed. For those holiday occasions around your conservative family members, this may be a perfect gift to cover up that naked lady tattoo.

Style Essentials 20 Color Concealer & Corrector Palette, $6.99

Style Essentials 20 Color Concealer & Corrector Palette
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T.J. Maxx

Know a 14-year-old who spends all their free time watching makeup videos on YouTube? This low-price palette with color correcting skews is a great starter kit for said makeup fiend.

City Color Cosmetics Cream Contour Sticks With Sponge, $7.99

City Color Cosmetics Cream Contour Sticks With Sponge
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T.J. Maxx

Consider this set a deal since that tiny pink sponge for makeup application included, often costs the same price (or more) as the entire set. This gift is great for a quick contour touch-up between work and happy hour.

M.A.C Cosmetics Nutcracker Sweet Essential Brush Kit, $19.50

M.A.C Cosmetics Nutcracker Sweet Essential Brush Kit
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M.A.C Cosmetics

We can't have a makeup gift guide without brushes. And we definitely can't have a makeup gift guide without the ever-popular M.A.C Cosmetics. This adorable case is filled with brush essentials for face, eyebrows and blush, compact for travel.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Kit, $65

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Kit
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Anastasia Beverly Hills

If there were a "Beat Brows for Dummies" book, this set from Anastasia Beverly Hills would be mentioned. It literally guides you with brow stencils, a powder duo, dual-sided brush, precision tweezers, and clear brow gel for peak arch potential.

Black Up Neon Kiss Set, $29

Black Up Neon Kiss Set
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Black Up

Parisian makeup brand Black Up expanded to the States a little over a year ago and have captured our hearts since. They carry a range of products for those with darker skin tone, including this bold set with an orange matte pencil and three raspberry-flavored glosses.

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Danielle Kwateng-Clark

Danielle Kwateng-Clark has been a journalist for almost ten years. She started her curated digital shop, TheVolta.co as a place for talented artisans of color to sell their goods—while highlighting other creatives in the field. Her passion is championing women and artists of African diaspora.

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