Sure, it’s easy to get caught up in flashy eyeshadow palettes and $64 foundations (we love you, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation) for the holidays. But here’s the thing, you don’t need to spend a fortune to feel festive this season. There are plenty of affordable beauty gifts for Secret Santa, stocking stuffers, and beyond - and many of them are even under $10! It doesn’t take much to show somebody that you care, and there’s no better way to do that than with a gorgeous $6 dupe for the MAC Ruby Woo lipstick that nobody even thought existed. Talk about a holy grail (or shall we say, holiday grail?) beauty product. Be kind to your loved ones and your wallet this season with the best under $10 beauty gifts below!
Red lipstick always has a place in your holiday makeup looks, but you don’t have to spend $19 on the Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo to reach bombshell status. Don’t get us wrong, this MAC shade is quite possibly one of the most famous lipsticks in the world. It’s known as a universal red that has seen more film premieres and magazine covers than the celebrities who wear it. However, the Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick has all the rich color, smooth texture, and moisturizing power of Ruby Woo, and the shade Siren in Scarlet is nearly identical to MAC’s masterpiece. Just one swipe of this Maybelline essential leaves your lips drenched in classic red - which looks flawless on all skin tones and can be found right at the drugstore. 90% of the MIRA BEAUTY community agrees that Color Sensational is hydrating, while 97% say it’s long lasting and pigmented.
“This is a very lightweight serum that also offers a lot of hydration, it sinks right in and doesn’t feel oily at all,” one MIRA guest says. The secret to nearly all winter skin issues? Hydration, lots of it. And that’s exactly what you’ll get with this under $10 Hyaluronic Acid serum. HA is a substance naturally produced by the body that carries up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. It’s frequently found in serums to deeply hydrate the skin and restore your natural radiance, and this formula contains low, medium, and high molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid to provide an intense moisture surge. Along with Vitamin B5 to hydrate even further, of course. This serum by The Ordinary isn’t just one of the best Secret Santa beauty gifts, it’s also an affordable treatment for winter dullness and dryness. It’s no wonder that the brand is a favorite of skin-fluencer Hyram Yarbro!
Lip balm is always a must-have, but it’s especially crucial during the winter - when your lips start to become chapped and flaky from the chilly weather. Ugh. But there are plenty of sweet and affordable lip balms to go around, like the Rose Lip Balm by Mario Badescu that creates your most smooth, petal-soft pout. It’s packed with nourishing butters and oils that melt right into your lips - including Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E - and guarantee that you’ll never feel flakey again. Give the gift of lip balm to your loved ones (or yourself!) for Christmas, as it keeps your pout perfectly moisturized and prepares you for all the holiday makeup looks!
Concealer may not be the most sexy of makeup products, but it’s definitely the most important step of your routine. And the Fit Me! Concealer by Maybelline is one of the best under $10 beauty gifts to hide imperfections while bringing your holiday makeup looks to life. Or you know, just keeping the dark circles and puffiness away after you’ve pulled an all-nighter studying for finals. This oil-free, medium coverage concealer is made with Chamomile and blurs all types of imperfections - eye bags, blue tones, random blemishes - without clogging your pores. You can also use Fit Me! to highlight your face before a big (virtual) work event or as a primer for your lips - and our MIRA community agrees that it’s the real deal for Christmas. One guest agrees that it’s a great makeup dupe for tarte shape tape, and 92% agree that Fit Me! is buildable and brightening.
Who can say no to a sheet mask? Nobody. Especially in the cold winter months when your skin starts to feel dry or flaky. That’s why this $6 sheet mask by farmacy is the best addition to any stocking. It’s infused with Coconut Water and Hyaluronic Acid to deeply hydrate and de-stress, leaving even the most dry-skinned individuals with a soft and smooth complexion. And now let’s talk about the brightening aspect. This formula revitalizes dull skin with purple broccoli extract, and clarifies with antioxidants, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. Oh, and vegan-friendly Collagen to make skin more youthful and flexible. All of these ingredients come together to form the ideal sheet mask for your skin care and self-care routine, exactly what you need going into the holidays!
“This eyeliner is really creamy and pigmented, and it lasts on the waterline longer than anything else I’ve tried.” This $3 eye pencil is often compared to more expensive versions by Estee Lauder and Marc Jacobs, and the Essence pencil has the same top ratings on MIRA for staying power, non-smudging, and water resistance as all its luxury makeup counterparts. Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil is ideal for those who live for pencil eyeliner and wear it every day - but don’t want to spend $30 every couple weeks to keep up their signature smokey eye or simple makeup tricks like tightlining. Instead, collect all four shades of this drugstore eyeliner pencil and keep them in your purse for 24/7 touch-ups throughout the holiday season - not that you’ll need them!
“I LOVE these patches. You just stick one over the pimple and leave it on for a couple of hours or overnight, and it sucks out the oil and dirt causing the acne.” They say miracles don’t happen overnight, even the holiday type, but they kinda do with these patches from Cosrx. Why? Because they work to clear up blemishes, absorb excess oil, and reduce the look of redness in just a few hours while keeping skin healthy and hydrated. And you don’t even have an excuse to skip your skin care routine because you’re “too tired” or “forgot,” as these patches take just a second to apply and deliver maximum results overnight. And did we mention they’re only $6?
“The NYX loose glitters are awesome, they have so many different colors and they also have a glitter primer.” You know that shimmer is a staple around the Christmas season, and you don’t have to spend a million bucks on an eyeshadow palette to look like, well, a million bucks! These metallic glitters by NYX are here to brighten up your eyes, cheeks, lips or body… and they’re available in a variety of ultra-reflective colors to fit your mood. The midnight blue of Darkside for a New Year’s Eve look, iridescent Lumi-Lite for ethereal vibes, Style Star for celestial beauty - anything is possible with these glitters. No matter how or where you use them on your skin, the NYX Glitter Primer will lock them in place and keep you looking luminous for days.
“Love this foundation! Gives you a healthy and glowy look without looking oily! It is a buildable foundation. I would definitely recommend it to people w/dry to combination skin!” Ready to give yourself a dewy glow with this Maybelline favorite? Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation blends out effortlessly on your skin for a filter-worthy finish, yet still looks natural enough for your Zoom calls. Blend it out for a demi-matte finish that lasts all day, powered by Glycerin to hydrate the skin and SPF 18 to protect against UV rays. Which you definitely still need, by the way, even when you’ve stayed inside for most of 2020. This drugstore foundation has 20+ shades to fit nearly every skin tone and undertone combination, and it’s a great makeup dupe for the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter foundation! Indulge in one of the best drugstore beauty gifts for the holidays - which 97% of our community agrees is brightening and 93% say is hydrating.
It’s never too early to start your anti-aging skincare routine, even if you’re in your 20’s or 30’s. And the easiest way to do that is with the right eye cream, as your eye area is the first to crease and show signs of aging. Crow’s feet, anyone? Matcha Green Tea & Probiotics Soothing Eye Cream isn’t just extremely affordable, it’s also one of the best under $10 beauty gifts to hydrate and revitalize your delicate under eye skin. Antioxidant-rich Matcha Green Tea and skin-balancing Probiotics work together to minimize the appearance of dark circles, and it wouldn’t be a SheaMoisture beauty product without major hydration. Shea Butter and other botanical extracts nourish and moisturize to make you look instantly awake - with softer, smoother, and brighter under eyes from the moment you start using this cream. You’ll love it so matcha, we promise, and your loved ones will too when they find it under the tree!
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