You may have spent most, if not all, of lockdown going make-up-free with a low maintenance approach to your beauty routine.
The latest easing of lockdown restrictions means beauty counters and stores are now open, with strict social distancing measures in place. This is thanks to new government guidelines, allowing non-essential retailers to reopen from 15 June in England.
However, as spending on the high street has plummeted, many beauty retailers and brands are currently offering sales, discounts and deals galore across everything from shampoo to mascara.
B2B magazine Drapers reported in-store sales have dropped 84 per cent compared to 2019, and – despite online grocery sales surging – for the rest of the retail landscape things look bleak.
To ensure you don’t miss out on the many bargains available still to shop from your sofa, we’ve compiled the best of the bunch.
Whether you’re after a top-up of your favourite foundation or want to try out a new face mask for some much-needed TLC, these are the best beauty deals to shop now.
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The online retailer has discounts of up to 75 per cent in its Face + Body range, which includes brands such as Revlon, Babyliss, Too Faced and Laura Mercier.
In our basket, you’ll find this NARS Contour Blush (was £32, now £25.60). The two blush shades are perfect for sculpting cheekbones while leaving you with a glowing complexion.
Skincare and make-up lovers should have their shopping lists at the ready for Beauty Bay’s outlet, which has plenty of products to play with. It is currently offering up to 30 per cent off certain products.
We’ll be buying this Stila glitter and glow liquid eyeshadow mermaid collection (was £24, now £16) to create a colourful, holographic look.
The much-loved make-up artists’ brand, famed for its cult favourite nude shades and aptly named magic cream, has up to 22 per cent off makeup and skincare kits.
Stock up on the 24 hours of magic skin (was £208, now £166.40) which includes the goddess cleansing ritual (an oil and charcoal cleanser), the magic cream and magic night cream, perfect for some self-care.
In beauty retailer Cult Beauty’s sale, there’s up to 50 per cent off palettes, powders, foundations and lipsticks.
Treat yourself to the Cover FX total cover cream foundation (was £35, now £17.50) which makes for the perfect base and a great cover-up.
In the Debenhams mid-season sale, there’s no shortage of deals on offer, with up to 50 per cent of its biggest beauty brands such as Estee Lauder, Armani and Benefit.
In our basket will be this Lancôme ‘L’Absolu’ Rouge Cream lipstick (was £27, now £20.25) with a creamy, satin finish for the perfect everyday nude.
In Feel Unique’s clearance section, there are savings of up to 68 per cent off across make-up, skincare and haircare.
Snap up the bareMinerals original loose mineral foundation (was £29, now £23.20), an award-winning formula with SPF15 and buildable coverage.
The luxury store is also getting involved with the sales this year. It’s offering up to 50 per cent across limited edition collections and last chance to shop shades.
We’ll be going home with this Fenty Beauty poutsicle juicy satin lipstick in tropic tantrum (was £18, now £9), a hot pink shade with Rihanna’s seal of approval
The department store has plenty of savings of up to 50 per cent off as well as a free gift with purchases across its beauty hall.
We’ll be buying the MAC taste of stardom mini lipstick kit make-up gift set (was £89, now £65) which features 12 mini lipsticks in its bestselling shades.
Beauty retailer Look Fantastic is offering savings of up to 40 per cent off in its sale, plus you can save an extra 15 per cent off your first order when you create an account and use the code “NEWBIE”.
We’ll be adding the PIXI Glow tonic home and away duo (was £28, now £23.80) to our baskets, which features a full-sized exfoliating toner as well as a mini that is perfect for when we can eventually travel again.
Well-known for its hardworking primers and finishing sprays, this make-up brand has launched a “Spring blowout” sale with up to 50 per cent off selected products.
We’ve got our eye on the Smashbox buildable foundation brush (was £25, now £15), that works with liquid and cream formulas to seamlessly blend product into skin.
In The Hut’s outlet, you’ll find plenty of deals and discounts with up to 50 per cent off your favourite beauty and grooming products.
Top of our list is the Decléor aromessence encens nourishing body oil (was £49, now £34.30) a luxurious way to keep skin hydrated post-shower.
Alongside the TV sales channel, QVC online is an underrated hotspot for beauty gems, with brands such as Tarte, IT Cosmetics and Elemis under its roof. It’s clearance currently has up to 70 per cent off kits, bundles and individual products across make-up and skincare. Get an extra £5 off with your first order with “FIVE4U”.
Bag a bargain with the StylPro cosmetic brush cleaner set (was £40, now £34.96) which will clean and dry your make-up brushes within just 15 seconds. The kit comes with the make-up brush cleaning device and bowl, 10 flexible silicone collars to fit different brush sizes and two make-up brushes.
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