Now spring seems to have somewhat sprung (even if temporarily) it’s time to update your makeup bag for the new season, investing in some bits and bobs that will see you through to summer with glowing skin and a confident smile. You don’t need to spend your entire wage packet to feel great inside and out, instead shopping wisely for the budget makeup bits that will make all the difference while not meaning you have to live off baked beans for the rest of the month. This time of year there are SO many new launches that we’re a little spoiled for choice, but I’ve picked out eight of my current faves that I think you need to know about – and they’re all priced between £4.00 and £15.00! Read on if you want to discover a bargain or three…
Makeup Obsession Picture Perfect Primer* (£6.00)
I’d given up on wearing primers for a long time before this landed on my desk, but the texture intrigued me enough to give it a go. As soon as I did the results were pretty fab, especially for the price point, effortlessly smoothing out imperfections and creating a uniform base. It really helps my makeup to sit better and last longer, but you do have to be careful not to overdo it or over apply – it does start to cake if you use more than a pea sized amount. A great bargain find that’s become a daily staple.
W7 I Heart Candy Lipgloss* (£4.95)
This smells like candy and baked treats, so if you don’t like your cosmetics super sweet then it may not be for you. But if you do, this lipgloss is super pigmented and creamy so it delivers a glossy, practically perfect pout in one swipe. Although not all of the shades are really wearable, the pinks are really quite lovely.
Avon Make Your Mark Illuminator* (£7.00)
Liquid highlighters are way underrated, but a few dabs onto the tops of cheekbones can help to effortlessly lift the complexion and works just as well even when you’re going for a minimal makeup look. Although this is super runny and does have a tendency to almost fall out of the tube, it’s well pigmented and provides a subtle glowing result on the skin. I’ve been using it as a final touch when I don’t want to roll out the big guns (i.e. the YSL Touch Eclat Glow) and it’s ticked all my boxes.
No7 HydraLuminous Moisturising Foundation* (£15.00)
It takes a lot for me to switch out my usual It Cosmetics CC Cream, but this is a great alternative for when you want to create a uniform base without the weight. Containing SPF15 alongside grapeseed oil and vitamins A, C and E, the creamy formula also helps to protect skin and nourish it in the long term for a boosted complexion even without makeup – a claim I’ve yet to substantiate myself, but it sure does make a cracking base! It provides a decent level of coverage without feeling heavy or caking, it lasts as long as I need it to and it blends beautifully with the rest of the products in my regime. A great everyday foundation that I’ve really been loving.
Makeup Obsession Mega Conceal* (£7.00)
Usually cheap concealers leave me hugely disappointed, but this giant tube of creamy stuff really provides everything I’m looking for: great pigment, a smooth formula, no flaking or smudging, plus it doesn’t make my fine lines look even worse! The applicator is great for dabbing on a little exactly where you need, but I find buffing in with a makeup sponge helps to create a really flawless finish. I may have to stock up on tubes of this, it’s that good!
Topshop Longwear Liquid Lipstick* (£12.00)
Another week, another fab find from Topshop Beauty. I’m all about the liquid lipsticks right now, but I hate how some of them feel super tight when they dry or leave my lips feeling parched the next day; this is creamy and easy to apply, leaves a ridiculously pigmented finish and dries down to leave a lovely finish that’s not at all uncomfortable. I adore the bright pink shade, but they have many more to choose from if you fancy something more muted.
MUA Pro Base Primer Oil* (£4.00)
I’d never really thought about using an oil as a primer before, but if you have really dry skin or want to add a touch more dewy radiance to your base then this is a great way to try that out. You just need a drop or too massaged into skin to act as a layer between your thirsty complexion and your makeup – theoretically it should stop makeup caking, moving or becoming patchy throughout the day. I don’t have dry skin, but this did help to add some dewyness to my look and is a great one to mix in with products. The gold flecks are supposed to add radiance too, but as far as I can tell they do absolutely nothing but look pretty.
E.l.f Prep & Hydrate Balm* (£9.00)
Undoubtedly a more budget version of the somewhat cult Milk Makeup Cooling Water Stick, this baby blue solid balm is infused with shea butter, cocoa, aloe and grape to help hydrate and refresh the skin. You can use it as a primer beneath your makeup, apply it over the top throughout the day to perk up skin, or pop it in your gym back to cool down and refresh after a long workout; what’s the best use though in my opinion, is when you’re traveling and don’t want your skin to look or feel parched – a little swipe and gentle massage will help you complexion to feel fresh and hydrated without the need for sticky creams. A great little buy!
Which of these eight budget beauty buys have you got your eye on this spring?
*Products gifted to me with no obligation to feature