The 27 best beauty buys for spring, from £5

Take the time this season to snap up some of our top new beauty picks

The top beauty picks for your make-up bag this spring

For many, springtime shares the same sense of renewal as the new year. So if you’re planning a new season cleanse, we think your beauty bag deserves a refresh too.

There are plenty of new launches to try from clever 2-in-1 make-up to new and exciting, clinically led skincare.

Here is our edit of the best products worth trying this spring:

The best budget beauty buys for spring 2022

Effortless make-up

Effortless make-up
  • Lash2Brow, £28, Trinny London: How many times have you forgotten your brow gel or mascara when travelling? Not anymore. Trinny’s dual ended wand is a clever buy for this summer’s carry on.
  • Rare Beauty ‘Stay Vulnerable’ melting blush, £18, Space NK: This blush is so creamy, we like to dab it on lips too for a lighter alternative to lipstick.
  • The face stick, £23, Jones Road: A do-it-all crayon deserves pride of place in any beauty arsenal. Scribble on the brow bone to define, or under the eyes to brighten.
  • Erborian Super BB Au Ginseng Cream, £18.50, Boots: If you’re looking to swap your usual full coverage foundation for something lighter this month, Erborian’s tinted cream is breathable but not too sheer.
  • Phantom voluminsing glossy balm, £34, Hourglass: Simply swivel the tip of this gold pen to reveal a conditioning gloss with punchy, long-wearing pigment.
  • 17. Eye Shadow Palette 030 Browns, £5, Boots: This compact palette is a must-have for holiday packing. Sweep one shade over the eyelids for a warmed glow or try a smokey eye mixing 2-3 shades.

Hardworking skincare

Hardworking skincare
  • Elemis Supersize Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm Serenity, £62, QVC: This nourishing balm cleanser is known to melt make-up from the first cleanse - make your nighttime routine more luxe with the new vetiver and clary sage essential oil edition.
  • : If you struggle with pigmentation, Vichy’s latest formula helps slow down the production rate to visibly fade dark spots.
  • Shani Darden weightless oil-free moisturiser, £36, Cult Beauty: Celebrity facialist to Emily Ratajkowski, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Chrissy Teigen, this moisturiser is lightweight and suitable for both normal to oily skin types.
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid SPF50+ Sun Cream, £13.50, Look Fantastic: If you’re not already protecting your skin with factor 50, make the swap now with this fast-absorbing, handbag friendly offering.
  • Alpha-H Vitamin C Serum, £44.95, Look Fantastic: Slathering on a Vitamin C after cleansing is a quick and effective way to achieve a healthy glow thanks to its antioxidant properties.
  • Sarah Chapman Skinesis overnight facial, £58, Look Fantastic: A facial in a bottle, simply massage on before bed and let its impressive ingredient list plump and rejuvenate your skin while you sleep.

Healthy hair

Healthy hair
  • K18 leave-in molecular repair hair mask, from £9, Cult Beauty: If you notice your hair looking lacklustre and brittle, this peptide infused treatment is a real mane-changer.
  • : A healthy scalp means happy hair. Exfoliate the hairline (and body) a few times a week with this sweet coconut treat.
  • The Ordinary 4% Sulphate Cleanser for Body and Hair, £6.80, Look Fantastic: Sulphates have suffered a bad reputation of late for being too harsh, but The Ordinary’s low dosage means maximum lather with minimum stripping - at a bargain price too.
  • ARKIVE The New Form Blow Dry Spray, £13, Boots: Spritz onto freshly washed damp hair, blow dry and your style will keep in place for longer, without added weight or texture.

Body & mind

Body & mind
  • Exfolikate Resurfacing body scrub, £48, Kate Somerville: As shorter-hemline-season approaches, buff away dull skin with this facial inspired body scrub.
  • The Drowsy candle, £39.95, Drowsy: This hefty, plant-based wax candle fills the room with scent, lit or not.
  • Herbae par Clary Sage Shower Gel, £17, L’Occitane: A family-friendly buy with zesty bergamot and wild grass, this will invigorate your morning wash.
  • Sol de Janeiro Beija Flor Elasti-Cream, £46, Look Fantastic: This truly is sunshine in a pot: infused with collagen and squalane, consistent use will bring your skin back to its best.
  • Coco Mademoiselle body oil, £62, Chanel: The scent of this fast-absorbing body oil lingers on the skin all day long. Pair with the iconic fragrance on top or leave it to sing on its own.

Fresh fragrance 

Fresh fragrance
  • Sea Daffodil cologne, from £76, Jo Malone London: If you steer away from floral fragrances come the sunnier months, this refreshing take on spring blooms is worthy of trying. Who doesn’t love a pretty bottle too?
  • Diptyque Do Son eau de toilette, from £55, Selfridges: Inspired by summer days abroad, think sea breeze with a hint of tuberose. Add this limited edition to your collection.
  • Maison Margiela Replica ‘When The Rain Stops’ eau de toilette, £99, Cult Beauty: The french fashion house is known for creating memorable scents and its latest creation captures the rain’s earthy freshness with base notes of moss and patchouli.

Fake (but believable) tan

Fake (but believable) tan
  • Amanda Harrington Face Set, £51.75, Look Fantastic: This three step tan set takes the streaks and stress out of achieving a healthy glow.
  • Vita Liberata Anti-Age Face Tanning Serum, £30, Look Fantastic: Mix 2-3 drops into your daily moisturiser for a post-holiday look by lunchtime.
  • Tan-Luxe The Crème, £39, Look Fantastic: If you prefer a cream rather than a serum, Tan Luxe’s latest innovation gradually bronzes the face and makes a great base under make-up too.

This article has been updated with the latest information.