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Makeup artist Sarina Nexie recommends products from NYX and Jeffree Star Cosmetics.

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Beauty influencer Sarina Nexie recommended two products under $30 each.
Jeffree Star Cosmetics and NYX Professional Makeup

Sarina Nexie is a beauty influencer who creates elaborate artwork on her face. She currently has more than 266,000 followers on Instagram.

Speaking to Insider, Nexie said she “really enjoys” the $18 Jeffree Star Cosmetic Velour Liquid Lipstick in the shade Redrum. It’s described online as the “perfect red” in a matte formula.

She also recommends gifting the $25 NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Goals palette, as it’s filled with 10 festive shades.

Lifestyle influencer Linabugz told Insider she’ll be gifting products from Charlotte Tilbury and First Aid Beauty.

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Linabugz, an influencer, will be gifting primers and lip liners this holiday season.

Linabugz is known for her unique street style and otherworldy makeup tutorials. While speaking to Insider, she also shared her “go-to gift ideas” for the holiday season.

While she recommends “anything from Charlotte Tilbury,” she particularly loves the brand’s $22 Lip Cheat Lip Liners.

She’s also a fan of First Aid Beauty, saying: “I love their $28 HelloFAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Primer — it’s the perfect primer for dry, winter skin.”

Ashley, an influencer, suggests gifting beauty products created by other influencers.


Ashley would support other influencers while gifting beauty products this season.
Anastasia Beverly Hills and Kylie Skin

Ashley — who uses the name strashme online — is an influencer with more than 127,000 followers on Instagram. While speaking to Insider, she said she’d gift the $45 Jackie Aina palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills because it’s “rich” and “sultry.”

“I live for luxury, and this palette is definitely that — from the brand, to the influencer, right down to the packaging and formula,” Ashley said of the eye shadow.

She also said she’d gift products from Kylie Skin, which she recently discovered she loves after trying them out for a YouTube video.

“I even had a small breakout clear up in the process,” she said of using Kylie Skin products. “I think it’s an affordable way to make someone feel on trend without having to peg their style.”

Makeup artist MissMixed recommends a mix of eye shadow, lipstick, and skin care.


MissMixed shared her gift recommendations with Insider.

Huda Beauty, Sephora, and Morphe

MissMixed, also known as Celia, is both an Instagram beauty influencer and a YouTuber. While speaking to Insider, she said she’ll be gifting the $25 Huda Beauty Lip Contour and Strobe Set because the matte lip products inside are “perfect for winter.”

She also recommends the $26 Mini Palette from James Charles x Morphe, as she thinks it’s “perfect for travelling,” as well as the $199 Foreo Luna 3.

“As a makeup artist, it’s so important to have a solid skin-care routine to hydrate and cleanse your skin after using and removing heavy makeup,” Celia said. “You can use Foreo’s Luna 3 with any foaming cleanser and let me tell you, it leaves your skin feeling AMAZING!”

Influencer Abby Roberts told Insider she’ll be gifting lip pencils and setting spray this year.

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Products from Colourpop and Morphe are popular amongst influencers

Morphe and Colourpop

Abby Roberts is known on social media for her elaborate beauty looks and transformation videos. Speaking to Insider, she shared two of the beauty products she often uses, which she also thinks make for great gifts.

“I love the Morphe Continuous Setting Mist, as it’s super fine and does a great job giving my makeup a dewy finish,” Roberts said. “I also love Colourpop’s lip liners as they’re super creamy — my favourite shade is BFF!”

The Morphe setting spray retails for $16, while Colourpop’s Lippie Pencils cost between $6 and $7 each. 

YouTuber Tina Yong thinks Tatcha products are ideal holiday gifts.

Tina Yong

Tina Yong, a YouTuber, recommends gifting this set from Tatcha.


Yong is known to her 2.9 million subscribers as the go-to source for beauty reviews of wild trends and products. She’s also popular on Instagram.

Speaking to Insider, the influencer said she recommends Tatcha’s $175 Brightening Secrets kit because it includes three of her “favorite skin-care products.” She also appreciates the fact that each item contains “pure ingredients inspired by the beauty routine of Japanese geishas.”

Kathleen Lights, a YouTuber, picked an affordable option from Colourpop.


The Colourpop holiday collection includes a $79 set of 25 eye shadows.


Not only is Kathleen Lights a popular YouTuber, but she also frequently collaborates with Colourpop. Speaking to Insider, she said she’ll be gifting the brand’s holiday collection, which retails between $6 and $99, this year.

“The colors are fun, festive, versatile and affordable,” Lights said. “You can glam them up, or tone them down for more casual outings.”

Makeup artist Victoria Dash will be gifting setting powder this year.

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According to the makeup artist, this powder looks like a filter on the skin.


Victoria Dash is both a makeup artist and influencer, who shares her work on Instagram. This year, she’ll be gifting a product she frequently uses: Huda Beauty’s  $34 Easy Bake Loose Baking & Setting Powder.

“It’s literally a filter on your skin,” Dash told Insider. “It makes your eye area flat, and brightens without making a white cast. It’s amazing and definitely a setting powder everyone should have in their makeup bag.”



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