14 best makeup advent calendars to buy for beauty lovers

How much do we love beauty? Let us count the ways  — or should we say, days?

The best way to get the most out of the holiday season is to start gifting the day December starts, and luckily enough there is already a tradition for that, that doubles as an excuse to try new a new beauty product every day until Christmas.

Advent is the period of time leading up to Christmas Day, and while it officially begins on a Sunday (Nov. 29 this year) many of the present-a-day Advent calendars begin on Dec. 1. The calendars have either 24 small gifts inside, one for each day, or 12, to be opened every other day.

Not only does this make the countdown to Christmas that much more exciting, but these Advent calendars double as a unique gift to give, long before the big day. Because of their growing popularity, there are many niche choices when it comes to choosing your calendar, from food and wine tasters, to the traditional chocolates, and some fun stocking stuffer trinkets, too.

However, one of the biggest categories is beauty and makeup and we think we know why. Not only is it superfun to end up with a whole set of products at the end of the month, but when else can you take advantage of so many sample and full-size items at such a good price? We rounded up some of our favorite beauty-centric Advent calendars for you to gift — and we won’t judge if you open a few of the days yourself.

A red box shaped like lips and beauty gifts below
Huda Beauty

Pucker up for whoever gives you this beauty set this year.

From Huda Beauty, the Advent calendar itself is almost as beautiful as the 12 products that wait inside. The cherry-red lips-shaped box contains some of Huda Beauty’s best sellers like their lip contour, eye shadow palettes and face oil. To not spoil the rest of the surprises, order one online to see for yourself. Act fast, as the kit is discounted to just $175, down from the original $330.

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An array of bareMinerals products

If beauty is only skin deep, taking care of that skin is super important.

Give the bareMinerals 24-piece Advent calendar to the person on your list who loves trying out good, clean products. The calendar includes some of the brand’s most popular picks, including primers, setting powder, lipsticks and more.

The company has also taken their environmental impact into account this season, limiting packaging to maximize eco-friendly fun. Plus, no need for gift wrap!

“This season, we’re making gifting planet-friendly by minimizing plastic across our holiday collection. We have eliminated unnecessary packaging, incorporated post-consumer recycled materials whenever possible and made our gift boxes completely recyclable. Designed to look like wrapped gifts, all of our sets feature a hand-drawn, nature-inspired pattern and are ready to share — no gift wrap needed,” reads the product page. 

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A hot pink beauty advent calendar from NYX
Ulta Beauty

Diamonds and ice? Yes, please!

This 24-piece Advent calendar celebrates all things glitz and glam, perfect for any sparkle lover on your list. The kit is valued at $75 and while it’s on sale for just over $40, now is the time to buy.

If you need a sneak peak, the calendar includes 24 mini and full-size best sellers like their Born To Glow liquid illuminator, matte lipstick, high definition eye primer and so much more. This is an online only deal, so head to Ulta Beauty’s website to check it out.

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An ELF cosmetics advent calendar
Ulta Beauty

Santa’s elves came early this year, to drop off their favorite namesake beauty products.

e.l.f. Cosmetics has their very own Advent calendar this year, packed with 12 beauty essentials. Perfect for building your daily makeup kit, the calendar includes products for your face, eyes, eyelashes and lips, and comes in a shiny, festive box. This new product is only available online, on the Ulta Beauty website.

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A blue Avdent calendar of Moroccanoil products

Take a luxurious trip to Morocco each time you open a new day on your calendar.

Hair care brand Moroccanoil has their very own Advent calendar, and has more than just hair products inside. While this box only has seven items, each one is crafted with their coveted oils to fight frizz and boost shine. Some of the treats inside include the signature Moroccanoil Treatment for hair, a hand cream and body oil for the softest skin. The kit is available on Amazon and qualifies for free shipping.

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A pink box of Ardell false lashes
Ulta Beauty

If you bat your lashes and say please, perhaps you’ll be the recipient of this lash-centric Advent calendar from Ardell.

The kit contains 12 sets of lashes, or wispies, and they come in an array of thicknesses and lengths for every mood. The box also includes a bonus day of eyelash glue, so you can get right to it on Day 1.

“Let the countdown to glam begin! 12 days of iconic Wispies lash styles plus one bonus day!! The Ardell 12 Days Of Wispies Advent Calendar is sure to bring a smile to your face as you pop open each new window. Buy one for yourself and give one to a lash loving friend,” reads the Ulta Beauty product page.

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A red hanging advent calendar with beauty products below it

This beauty-filled box is more than it seems!

The Clarins Advent calendar is packed full of their makeup and skin care best sellers, including mascara, lip oil, exfoliating body scrub and more. But the box itself is worth mentioning, too.

“Our eco-friendly Advent Calendar is made from natural fibers and wood. The 24 pockets are printed with non-polluting vegetable ink, and the cardboard comes from sustainably managed forests. It is 100% recyclable and can be used year after year!” reads the product page.

Enjoy the goodies inside this year and come next, refill the calendar with new treats to enjoy or gift to someone special.

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A light pink Too Faced cosmetics box with two swans on the cover
Too Faced

No matter if you were nice or a bit two-faced this year, everyone deserves a little glam for the holidays.

The Too Faced Enchanted Advent calendar contains 12 days of full-size and sample-size products. Some of the best-selling products come in a full sizes, including the cult-favorite Better Than Sex mascara and the Lip Injection Extreme lip plumping gloss. Right now the box, which is valued at $255, is just $100 and includes free shipping on all Christmas items.

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A pink box of rainbow face masks for your skin

Feel like a free man, or a free woman, when you rid your face of impurities and indulge with a fresh face mask.

From Freeman, enjoy 12 unique face masks this holiday season, and prep your skin for Christmas. The masks come in a variety of colors and target different aspects of your skin’s health, from a detoxifying mask to a soothing clay mask and everything in between. Sold at Walmart, this is a perfect budget Advent gift that doesn’t skimp on the self-care.

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A blue Advent calendar with bath and home products

You can’t feel blue when your hands, skin and room all smell so good.

From Capri Blue, their 12-day Advent calendar features the fan-favorite Volcano scent. The calendar comes with products for the whole house including candles, scented oils and room sprays. It also covers the body basics with a bath bomb, bar soap and perfume.

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An advent calendar with trees and small numbered boxes
Uncommon Goods

There’s nothing better than a hot shower on a cold winter day.

Uncommon Goods knows this and wants you to have a sweet-smelling shower every day of the month, with their 24-piece shower steamer Advent set. Some scents include peppermint, eucalyptus and a festive rosemary and fig, to name a few.

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A black advent calendar with gold numbers

Pop on over to the UK for one of the most luxe beauty Advent calendars yet.

Luckily for you, GlossyBox does ship to the US, so you too can get in on the holiday goodies. In a collaboration with Grazia, this 12-piece box includes products from Tarte, Christophe Robin and Marc Jacobs to name a few. To see the rest, check out the site, or order one and be surprised all December long.

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MAC makeup kit

It’s not really a celebration without fireworks, is it?

Celebrate the days leading up to Christmas with a whole new look, as each of the 12 pieces in the collection are perfect for any festive night out — or in. The calendar comes with free shipping from Macy’s and a free gift with purchase. If you keep it for yourself, we won’t blame you.

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L'Occitane products

Take a mental trip to France and enjoy the best of beauty.

The L’Occitane Advent calendar celebrates just that, featuring 24 products for head to toe relaxation and pampering. Some of the products include almond shower oil, cherry blossom hand cream and a lustrous hair treatment.

The whole kit is valued at $115, so this is a deal you can feel relaxed about all December long.

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