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Best 2016 Makeup Gift Sets Under $30

The season of giving is here! This is a time of thinking of others, finding the perfect stocking stuffers, and maybe even treating yourself.

As you start making your list and checking it twice, your list may be growing and growing. After listing your tribe and squad, adding your sister queens, directors and volunteers, the task of finding gifts without blowing your budget may seem daunting.

Although the crazy Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday shopping codes may have expired, I have searched online to find my favorite beauty gifts on a budget, no coupon codes needed! Check them out in the list below. (Read: A Pageant Girl’s Guide to Gift Giving )

Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields getting her makeup perfected by Meredith Boyd. Maybe Savvy would love to receive a gift from our list this holiday season? Photo courtesy of: Meredith Boyd Cosmetics Instagram.
Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields getting her makeup perfected by Meredith Boyd. Maybe Savvy would love to receive a gift from our list this holiday season? Photo courtesy of: Meredith Boyd Cosmetics Instagram.

Best 2016 Makeup Gift Sets Under $30

1. “Show Me Your Lips” by Grande Lash


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A great gift set that helps plump lips instantly, plus it comes with an adorable compact mirror. Photo: The Pageant Planet

This gift set by Grande Lash not only includes a super chic portable mirror (which is way better than a selfie for checking your makeup) but also includes the specially formulated GrandeLIPS.

GrandeLIPS will give the Secret Santa on your list plumper lips instantly and a more youthful looking pout within 30 days of use. This item is even on sale for $29.99 in The Pageant Planet store! Shop for it here.

2. Rain Cosmetics Silky Eye Shadow Duo


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There are a lot of color combinations available of this duo eye shadow set. Photo: The Pageant Planet

Rain Cosmetics is the official makeup sponsor of Miss USA, so help the pageant girl on your list feel like the true queen she is by getting her any of the color combinations in the Rain Silky Eye Shadow Duo set. (Have you tried Rain Cosmetics Perfect Foundation? Read the product review, here).

There is bound to be the perfect color combination for anyone you are shopping for. Not to mention, this set is only $26.99. Shop for it here.

3. Too Faced “Let It Glow” Highlight and Blush Kit


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This highlighter and blush kit will keep the pageant girl in your life glowing. Photo: Sephora

This gift set is perfect for the friend in your life who wants to glow like the sun even when the weather is looking dreary this winter. The blushes and bronzers in this set will work with a myriad of skin tones and will give that perfect glow for holiday parties. (Read: How to Get A Perfect Pageant Contour)

Too Faced is known for its commitment to high-quality ingredients that are free from sulfates, parabens, and Phthalates. You can find this set for $25 at your local Sephora.

4. Stila “Bright and Bold” Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set


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The Stila liquid matte lip colors would be a beautiful gift for the queen who loves matte lips. Photo: Sephora

Want to give the friend on your list the gift of super popular matte lips, but don’t know what shade she would appreciate? Look no further.

This gift set contains three of Stila’s customer favorite shades of matte liquid lipsticks. These silky and smooth formulas will last from the morning until dusk in a comfortable matte finish. You can find these for $20 at Sephora.

5. Naked Smoky Palette


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The best-selling Naked Smoky Palette is available at Ulta for under $30. Photo: Ulta

This palette is available for $27 from Ulta. Stop the presses, I am about to break the internet right now. An Urban Decay, full-size Naked Palette for under $30? Ladies, if you don’t buy this as a gift, then buy it for yourself! A Naked Palette is normally $54. Seriously, what are you waiting for?

Urban Decay has set the bar high for their nude palettes, starting with their original Naked Palette. These eye shadows go on smooth, resist creasing, and are true to color.

Not only that but when you use this palette the colors will all work and blend together. Use one color or use three at time and they all will work seamlessly in combination.

6. Colour Pop Eye Shadow Pods


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At $5 a piece, these little gems make great stocking stuffers! Photo: Colourpop

These little puppies would make great stocking stuffers for the makeup lover in your life. At only $5 a pop, you can get a bunch to fill goodie bags, stockings, or even make a custom palette for your friend.

The pigment is very high in density and quality, and they range in finish from matte to lustre to shimmer.

Makeup artist Alexandria Kelly definitely approves of these shadows!

“[I would] love to receive Colour Pop eyeshadows as a gift not only because the price can’t be beat, but they are soft, pigmented, and last a long time,” Kelly said.

As an expert makeup artist, Alex recommends these shadows for all skin tones. They would make great gifts for the holidays!

What is your favorite gift item that you are adding to your list for Santa? Is there a great beauty gift that I overlooked? Add it in the comments section below to help other pageant girls this Christmas!

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