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6 Best Holiday Gifts for Indie Beauty Lovers

By Stephanie Jade Wong



It’s like we blinked and suddenly, December is here! If you didn’t finish all your holiday shopping during Black Friday or Cyber Monday, we’ve got some hot gift sets perfect for those indie beauty makeup lovers in your life. (Including yourself!)


‘Tis the Season to be Giving (Indie Beauty)

The holiday season isn’t just about giving gifts, but a gift set is a great way to show someone you’re thinking about them. 

These gift sets are for:

  • Friends who love makeup, but haven’t discovered clean beauty.
  • The person who strives to only use clean beauty products.
  • Someone always looking for that new indie beauty brand.

It’s also a great time to treat yourself by adding a few new clean, cruelty free, and sustainable beauty products to your makeup bag.

We’ve hand-selected some of our favorite indie beauty brands and products to share with you this giving season. Let’s dive in. 

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1. For the Jetsetter ✈️

Know someone who only has 5 minutes to get ready for work, or 5 seconds for a touch-up during the day? 

The person who’s always on-the-go will love the Elate Cosmetics Lip & Lashes Kit ($64) as a gift. 

In the kit:

  • Essential Mascara to lengthen your lashes with this water and sweat resistant formula.
  • Creme Lipstick OR Better Balm.
    • Apropos Creme Lipstick is a beige nude with a pink undertone.
    • Poise Better Balm is a soft, sheer pink.

A mascara and a lip product are must-have staples for a purse, backpack, or suitcase. A few swipes of mascara can help perk up your eyes after a red-eye flight, and add a pop of color to your lips after a long day at the office. Can you name a more dynamic duo?!

One of our favorite things about Elate Cosmetics is its sustainable packaging. The bamboo canisters are FSC Certified bamboo — meaning they are made with, or contain, wood that comes from forests or from post-consumer waste that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council). Elate's packaging is meant to be repurposed as a brush holder or travel kit. 


2. For the Lipstick Obsessed💄

You know who they are: That person who always has their lipstick on and it somehow never smudges. 

Get that lipstick lover the Clove + Hallow Lip Velvet Trio ($50) this holiday season. 

They’ll get 3 new shades in limited-edition gift packaging, which means less work for you on the wrapping front!

In the kit:

  1. Ellijay is a peachy nude.
  2. Fever is a burnt Terracotta.
  3. Sangria is a deep burgundy wine.

All three are infused with coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. They deliver long-wear color that hydrates and nourishes. They’re also 100% PETA-certified cruelty-free and vegan. So you can rest assured, Clove + Hallow doesn't test its ingredients, formulations, or finished products on animals. Period. 


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3. For the Natural Beauty Lover 🌿

A versatile palette and killer tube of mascara? Sign us up. 

The Clove + Hallow Eye Duo Set ($50) takes natural beauty to another level. 

In the kit:

  • Sunrise palette comes with 6 warm-toned shades (4 shimmers and 2 mattes) that can be combined to form endless looks.
  • FlexLash is a mascara formula that won’t flake or feel crunchy on your lashes. 🙌

These timeless products were developed by a professional makeup artist for polished results without that high price-point.


4. For the Girl who Glows ✨

Do you want your highlighter to be seen from space? Or do you yearn for a glow all year long? 

Either way, the Au Naturale All that Glitters Warm Holiday Quad ($45) features 4 shimmery shades you can mix and match for a sparkly look this holiday season and all throughout 2020.

The Anywhere Creme Multistick quad gives you pigmented color and shine wherever you’d like. 

In the kit:

  • Vela - a luminous tan opal shimmer.
  • Trailblazer - a medium bronze with golden luminosity.
  • Elara - a champagne rose with serious sparkle.
  • Daiquiri - a strawberry red shimmer.


You can swipe the shades onto your eyelids, brow bones, cheek bones, or lips. The versatile formula and shades let you mix and match as much as you’d like.


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5. For the Person who Thinks Pink 🎀

Want to make your vision of sugar plums dancing in your head a reality? 

Look no further than the Au Naturale Sugar Plum Beauty Cool Holiday Quad ($45). 

These 4 Anywhere Creme Multistick shades are shimmery, festive, and vivid. 

In the kit: 

  • Viola - an icy plum raisin.
  • Blossom - a true pink with minimal shimmer.
  • Cerise - a deep, vivid pink.
  • Prosecco - a champagne shimmer.


The formula is 100% natural, cruelty-free, vegan, and made in the USA. Wear Au Naturale's Creme Multistick shades pretty much anywhere on your face that you fancy.


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6. For the Makeup and Skincare Lovers 💁‍♀️

Whether you like makeup or skincare more, the Au Naturale Holiday Color Play Lip Slick Tinted Lip Oil Duo ($25) is for either/or!

The lip oil nourishes your lips while simultaneously providing a subtle hint of color.

In the kit:

  • Mint - a subtle glassy green with cool undertones.
  • Rosé - a sheer candy apple red with warm undertones.


You can wear it on your lips for extra moisture, or wear it over a lip color for a bit of shine. 

Give the Gift of Indie Beauty

Whether you celebrate during the holidays or not, ‘tis the season to treat yourself or treat others to the gift of indie beauty. 

We hope you and your loved ones enjoy these products as much as we do. Happy holidays and happy shopping!




About the Author: 

Stephanie Jade Wong is a NY-based freelance writer. She likes long walks to coffee shops, trying new beauty products, and petting strangers’ dogs.

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