Pretty wise buys: Beauty products that are a genuine bargain

You don't always have to spend big to look great, says beauty expert Evie Leatham

Right now there's nothing more fashionable than spending wisely, which has spurred both luxury and high-street brands to work harder than ever for our loyalty. Whether it's a make-up formulation that lasts or a moisturiser that works for everyone, it's worth knowing when to splurge and when to save...

You don't need lots of hair product "Most hair is transformed by mousse alone," says Daniel Hersheson's creative director, George Northwood. "A good one boosts volume at the roots, gives light hold to a blow-dry and evens out frizz."

Buy the best serum you can afford These will have more potent levels of anti-ageing ingredients than a moisturiser, and are formulated to penetrate deeper and work harder.

Posh skin products are worthless if you're not using good sun protection all year round. Consistent use is far more effective than a luxury brand.

More important than money is spending time searching for the perfect match. A survey from cosmetics brand Bobbi Brown found that women try a frustrating £125-worth of foundation before they find the right one.

Spend more

YSL Rouge Volupté lipstick, £21 (department stores nationwide)

Unbeatably luxe packaging with mirror on the cap. This peachy-coral shade instantly updates your look for spring but will see you through summer too

Lancôme Génifique eye cream, £36 (nationwide)

Boasts the same technology as Lancôme's headline-grabbing serum, which claims to stimulate youth proteins in the skin

Shiseido Bio Performance Super Corrective Serum, £82

If you have a specific skin concern, say wrinkles or pigmentation, choose a serum that targets it, but for a good all-rounder, this is the one. Out this month

By Terry Or de Rose Elixir Extreme, £105 (spacenk.co.uk)

With the right primer, you'll need less foundation, and this has anti-ageing as well as skin-brightening and smoothing ingredients. As an added bonus, it smells divine

Omorovicza Shimmering Body Oil, £50 (omorovicza. com)

This nourishing oil is body-confidence in a bottle. The delicate shimmer adds glamour to exposed areas from collarbones to shins

Spend clever

Sebastian Whipped Crème, £17.25 (sebastian professional.com )

For great day-long hair, it's worth brushing off your wash-and-go mentality. A good mousse transforms and tames most hair types and this ultra-light foam is the only hair-styling product you need

Origins Brighter By Nature, £28 (available at Harrods from 19 March)

Replace old-school grainy scrubs with chemical or fruit acid exfoliators, such as this formulation from trusted brand Origins. With 40 pads, these peels work out at 70p a pop

MAC Face and Body, £23 (maccosmetics.co.uk)

This foundation lasts forever and can be used for everything from full-on base for faces to smoothing out the skin tone on legs

Spend less

Revlon Nail Enamel in Lilac Pastel, £6.29 (nationwide)

You'll spot lilac everywhere this spring, but it's easiest worn on nails. Unlike many budget varnishes, this pastel doesn't look like Tippex

L'Oréal Paris Colour Appeal Chrome Intensity, £4.99 (nationwide)

Make-up artist James Kaliardos' new on-trend eye colours are inspired by Matthew Williamson's spring fashion collection; at this price, it doesn't matter if they are a one-season wonder

Eucerin Aquaporin Active, £12.99 (boots.com)

Eucerin is a cheapie constantly recommended by dermatologists – its new moisturiser doesn't just nourish skin but improves its ability to hydrate itself by directing water deep under the skin's surface

SPF La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL 50+, £15 (boots.com)

A favourite with beauty editors, who constantly advise us to protect our delicate face and hands, this is cheap at the price, considering the cutting-edge technology crammed into this SPF

Voices
The Sumatran tiger, endemic to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, is an endangered species
voicesJonathon Porritt: The wild tiger population is thought to have dropped by 97 per cent since 1900
News
news
Arts and Entertainment
Story line: Susanoo slays the Yamata no Orochi serpent in the Japanese version of a myth dating back 40,000 years
arts + entsApplying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Life and Style
Popular plonk: Lambrusco is selling strong
Food + drinkNaff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
ebookA wonderful selection of salads, starters and mains featuring venison, grouse and other game
News
Gardai wait for the naked man, who had gone for a skinny dip in Belfast Lough
newsTwo skinny dippers threatened with inclusion on sex offenders’ register as naturists criminalised
News
Shake down: Michelle and Barack Obama bump knuckles before an election night rally in Minnesota in 2008, the 'Washington Post' called it 'the fist bump heard round the world'
newsThe pound, a.k.a. the dap, greatly improves hygiene
Arts and Entertainment
La Roux
music
Arts and Entertainment
Graham Fellows as John Shuttleworth
comedySean O'Grady joins Graham Fellows down his local Spar
News
people
News
Ross Burden pictured in 2002
people
News
Elisabeth Murdoch: The 44-year-old said she felt a responsibility to 'stand up and be counted’'
media... says Rupert Murdoch
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Extras
indybest
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Fashion

    Junior / Graduate Application Support Engineer

    £26000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly successful international media organ...

    QA Manager - North Manchester - Nuclear & MOD - £40k+

    £35000 - £41000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: QA Manager -...

    Property Finance Partner

    Very Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: LONDON - BANKING / PROPERTY FINANCE - ...

    Agile Tester

    £28000 - £30000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: An ambitious...

    Day In a Page

    A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

    A new Russian revolution

    Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
    Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

    Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

    The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
    Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

    Standing my ground

    If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
    Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

    Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

    Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
    Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

    Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

    The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
    The man who dared to go on holiday

    The man who dared to go on holiday

    New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
    Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

    Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

    For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
    The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

    The Guest List 2014

    Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
    Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

    Jokes on Hollywood

    With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
    It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

    It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

    Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
    Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

    Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

    Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
    Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

    Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

    Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
    Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

    Edinburgh Fringe 2014

    The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
    Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

    Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

    The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried