words by Penny Lane

What if you could achieve natural coverage, balance moisture levels, prime the complexion and protect from UV and environmental damage, all in one bottle? Well, the Beauty Balm has arrived, with an array of textures to suit all skin types. For luminous skin, in one quick application, this is sure to be your best friend throughout spring and summer.

Daywear B.B Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme by Estée Lauder 
Super lightweight with oil-free hydration, this multitasking tube moisturises, protects with SPF 35 and covers imperfections, for a flawless glow. Plus, the antioxidant content keeps the effects of harmful environmental factors at bay. Available in two shades, wear alone or apply underneath your foundation. £32, www.esteelauder.co.uk

Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35 by MAC
The ultra sheer, beige tone works to even the skin tone and brighten the complexion, whilst prepping the skin, thanks to the inbuilt primer. Gives a lovely natural look for daytime, giving the impression of immaculate skin and makes your bronzer and blusher sit perfectly for hours. £21, www.maccosmetics.co.uk

Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 by Clinique
With a medium to full coverage, choose Clinique to control shine levels, hide blemishes and disguise fine lines. With a choice of three shades, simply apply more over the areas you wish to conceal. Works brilliantly to balance high colour and pink undertones. £25, www.clinique.co.uk

Nude Magique BB Cream by L’Oréal 
For a barely there, no make-up look, L’Oréal have created a breathable cream infused with pigment capsules that release to match your skin tone, on application. Gives a light coverage and releases moisture over 24 hours. The result is your skin, only better, with a gorgeous dewy sheen. £9.99, www.boots.com

A Perfect World BB SPF 15 Age Defense Tinted Moisturiser with White Tea by Origins
For radiant skin with increased clarity, Origins’ take on this beauty trend has the widest shade collection, with six available. The white tea content tackles age acceleration, promoted by harmful free radicals. Plus, pores are left minimised. The natural blend has the most beautiful scent, with essential oils of lemon, bergamot and spearmint, combined. £27, www.origins.co.uk