Spring is a wonderful time for reinvigoration: to refresh, renew and begin again. We have selected the season’s ultimate uplifting launches – the lightweight moisturiser, the seamless cover-up, the perfect primer – to help you look towards a beautiful year ahead. By Claire Brayford
THE CREAM Pro-collagen Rose Marine Cream, £94, Elemis
Healthy skin starts with soothing, calming skincare. Enter Elemis’s Pro-collagen Rose Marine cream. Regenerating the skin’s cells and protecting from free radical damage, we love that the roses are grown on a female-led farm in the English countryside, and hand-picked to capture their optimum fragrance. It is just the ticket to put some life back into skin.
THE LIP MASK Plush Puddin’ Intensive Recovery Lip Mask, £19, Fenty Skin
Give lips a natural, fuller, smoother look with Fenty Skin’s new lip recovery. Intensive masks are currently the big trend in lip care, and this latest offering brings supercharged moisture, which hydrates and nourishes as well as leaving a clear, dewy sheen. Infused with a light vanilla scent, it improves elasticity and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. In short, it’s delicious.
THE FOUNDATION Super BB Cream Au Ginseng, £42, Erborian
If you are looking for a fresh alternative to foundation, Erborian’s lightweight, full-coverage BB cream is just that. As well as blending seamlessly, it works to improve the quality of your skin over time, so not only conceals but clearing blemishes. It is packed with hero ingredients perfect for those suffering from active breakouts, scarring or simply looking for a more even finish.
THE SERUM Active Recovery Broth, £110, Reome
The ultimate tonic for stressed-out complexions, sitting somewhere between a serum and an essence, it calms redness, feeds the skin microbiome and also strengthens its barrier. Over two years in the making, it is formulated with 18 per cent active ingredients and is infused with hyaluronic acid combined with Snow Fungus to offer maximum hydration and cellular nourishment. We love its less-is-more approach.
THE FRAGRANCE Tableau Parisien, £180, Ormaie Paris
Created by the family-run maison Ormaie, these perfumes are blended using only natural ingredients and less than a dozen are used. The latest is the elegant Tableau Parisien centred around sensual red tuberose (hence the wonderful red colour), combined with notes of amber, spices and tobacco. We love the recyclable art deco bottles – perfect for sustainable dressing tables.
THE MAKEUP BAG Makeup bag, £35, Elizabeth Scarlett
Part of that ‘spring clean’ feeling is to give your makeup bag an overhaul. Each of Elizabeth Scarlett’s designs begins with a beautiful watercolor painting that is translated onto fabric in intricate embroidery. The bags are machine-washable with a wipe-clean interior so they are safe for messy moments and a percentage of each sale goes towards protecting endangered species.
THE BLUSH Pillow Talk Matt Beauty Blush Wand, £29, Charlotte Tilbury
Nothing lifts the day like a rosy cheek, and Charlotte Tilbury’s clever new blush wand is the time-saving glow no face can be without. With four flattering shades, the cushion applicator delivers a natural flush of colour that blends effortlessly into the skin and is so easy to use, you could apply it half-asleep. The blush boasts lumi-blur technology and light-reflecting pigments that give a gentle, soft-focus finish. It makes skin come alive.
THE PRIMER Prime Time Primers, £30, Bare Minerals
This spring, Bare Minerals launches its range of skin-boosting primers with a formula for every skin type. Whether you need to minimise pores, reduce redness, hydrate, protect or simply make your makeup last, there will be a base to match. The range also includes a primer for the eyes to smooth skin and provide the perfect base with no creases.
THE CLEANSER Take The Day Off Charcoal Cleansing Balm, £30, Clinique
For those who love the comfort of an old favourite, Clinique’s bestselling makeup remover has been reimagined with detoxifying Japanese charcoal. It has long been a brilliant way to reset your complexion, with safflower seed oil to help to gently dissolve makeup and grime from the day, but now the potent charcoal works to deeply cleanse and detoxify pores too. It even removes waterproof makeup.
THE HIGHLIGHTER Positive Light Under Eye Brightener, £26, Rare Beauty
Exactly what you want from a concealer, Rare Beauty’s new Positive Light Under Eye Brightener hides and refreshes without being obvious. The ultra-fluid, lightweight texture, enriched with white peony and vitamin E, makes blending and layering quick and easy even with your fingertips. In six shades, the formula smoothes, hydrates and awakens the under eyes and we love that it lasts without creasing or caking.
THE CUTICLE OIL French Vanilla Cuticle Oil, £7, Townhouse
Our nails need all the nourishment they can get and help is at hand from nail spa Townhouse. Its new cuticle oil, enriched with vitamin E, coconut oil and organic jojoba oil, is fast becoming the go-to remedy. Perfect for on-the-go hydration it leaves nails replenished, skin hydrated without being sticky and smells delicious too.
THE HAIR TOOL Duet Style Hot Air Styler, £379, GHD
We could all do with a little more bounce to our day. This revolutionary device from GHD is a hot air styler that eliminates the need to dry your hair before styling. Using unique airfusion technology, it combines the power of air flow with heated styling plates to create a smooth, glossy blow-dry direct from wet hair – and the best bit? There’s
no damage. Mornings just got easier.