7 Brown Girl-Approved Beauty Gifts Your Friends Can Actually Use

Picking out the perfect gift for the beauty lover in your life isn’t as simple as just throwing an eyeshadow palette in a bag — there are levels to this. Personal style, current routine, and beauty concerns are all things to take into consideration before hitting the checkout button. But above all, complexion should be top of mind — especially when you’re shopping for your friends of color.

Taking skin tone into consideration when picking out makeup may seem like a given, but it’s a common oversight. When your complexion is brown, there’s always a chance that the highlighter your co-worker gave you in the office Secret Santa will end up in your junk drawer (or get re-gifted) because “it didn’t match.” To avoid that, we rounded up some of our favorite brown-girl-friendly gifts ahead — not a chalky eyeshadow or ashy lipstick in sight.

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The three shades in this mini kit were practically made for people with rich complexions. It includes a rusty brown, rose pink, and oxblood red that will look so good on your friend, she’ll go out and by the full-sized tube.

Pat McGrath Mini MatteTrance Lipstick Trio, $25, available at Sephora

Ashy eyeshadow is probably the last thing on someone’s wish list, so if you’re thinking of picking up a palette, this one’s a good choice. These colors are richly pigmented and will create a bold, sunset smoky eye on anyone. Plus, the yellow-toned shades will look especially bangin’ on brown skin.

Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette, $129, available at Sephora

For a natural, ethereal glow, dust on the highlighting powders in this palette. Each shade will give your skin a subtle polish that won’t show up chalky.

Laura Mercier Magic Hour Face Highlighting Palette, $58, available at Sephora

The gold-toned goods in this mini Becca kit will make your eyes, lip, and face feel like 24-karat magic.

Becca Passport To Glow UK Collection Kit, $49, available at Nordstrom

Finding the perfect blush for deep skin is a game of trial and error — most blush shades disappear on dark skin — but this palette has six pans that will give medium-to-rich complexions a natural flush.

Juvia’s Place The Saharan Vol. II Blush Palette, $18, available at Ulta Beauty

If you plan on stealing the spotlight at the holiday party, then you should go wearing colors from The Lip Bar’s holiday collection. It features a matte bullet, a metallic liquid, and a shimmery gloss that’ll look good solo or layered.

The Lip Bar Holiday Collection, $37.99, available at The Lip Bar

Complexion palettes are hit or miss. There’s usually one random highlighter or blush that never gets touched, and then the other shades get used to the very bottom of the pan. But that won’t be the case with this kit, which has three flattering powders that’ll make medium and deep skin tones beam.

MAC Cosmetics Shiny Pretty Things Face Compact, $39.5, available at Nordstrom

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