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A TikTok Gifting Oracle's Best Beauty Under $50

January 1 | 3 minute read

Three MECCA Max lip glosses

Words by Cjay Aksoyoglu

Originally published on | November 19

There are two types of gifters: the ones who never know what to buy (and go awry in the process) and those like natural-born gift curator Lucinda McGarrity, who have endless ideas for even the most niche, twice-removed colleague, relative or acquaintance you pull out of the KK draw.

We tapped McGarrity – the TikToker creating the viral gift guides we can't stop watching – for her best beauty gift recommendations under $50.


For the friend whose social calendar is booked 'til June 2027

"Gifts are a great opportunity to buy someone something a little out of their norm or comfort zone – the Space Cowboy liner is super fun, and party season is the perfect time to play with it!"


For the person who won't go to bed without doing their skincare routine 

"Level up your skincare-obsessed friend's routine with this kit: Gua Sha Facial Tool. The stainless steel body makes it super durable and easy to clean, ensuring this remains an everyday welcome luxury – not a chore."


For literally everybody

"Christmas is the perfect time to gift sunscreen in Australia and Aotearoa – and Frank Body's coconut-scented, hydrating formula will ensure their summer sun protection is more than just necessity."


For the person that does everyone's makeup at pre-drinks

"New makeup brushes can sometimes get a little neglected in terms of priority when it comes to your regular MECCA stock-up. Therefore, there may be a few people in your circle who are overdue for a replacement. These brushes are also a super great gift for anyone new to makeup!"


For the sisters that steal each other's stuff

"The creamiest glosses in the three very wearable shades! These will become anyone and everyone's new go-to lip, whether it's for day or night. These mini glosses are also the perfect size to become a permanent resident in a handbag or desk drawer."


For the person who expects one product to do everything

"Everyone has a different skincare routine and signature makeup look, so multitasking products are always a great idea when it comes to gifting. This illuminating serum can be used as part of a skincare routine, and as a highlighter – under or on top of makeup (plus, it smells delicious)!"


For the friend who sends you 'hairtok' videos

"This is for the person who takes their hair routine just as seriously as their skincare. These Slip silk hair ties are the solution to annoying hair kinks and breakage caused by traditional hair ties, while keeping the hair looking super cute, too."


For the person whose personality trait is 'busy'

"Masks are the best way to give more than just a physical product; The Mask Library can provide 20 minutes of chill to someone's day, be a puffy morning saviour or
a relaxing date night activity – the possibilities are endless."

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