Beauty & Health

Sephora's Best Beauty Buys of 2021

Much like the year before, 2021 proved to be one where being able to lean on beauty and self-care for mood boosts sometimes meant, well, everything. Can’t wait to discover the year’s best-loved picks? Here’s a lineup of the year’s hottest faves that earned all your raves, and probably a top spot in your personal beauty wardrobe.

Best of Skincare
Whether we needed an instant pick-me-up or a luxurious day of pampering, these skincare hits stepped up in style. It’s hard not to fall for skincare that only cares about making sure you have a glowing good time, so the love affair? We’re there for it.

YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE Superfood Cleanser
ULTRA VIOLETTE Queen Screen Luminising Sun Serum SPF 50+
LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask
OLE HENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Crème
ESTÉE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Serum
FENTY SKIN Start'R Skincare Set

Best of Makeup
With so many beauty choices vying for your attention, you can bet these makeup marvels had to go above and beyond to earn all that well-deserved praise. From easy daytime looks to head-turning trends, these beauty picks fulfilled your needs and then some.

IT COSMETICS Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream SPF 50
MILK MAKEUP Hydro Grip Primer
TARTE Shape Tape Contour Concealer
FENTY BEAUTY Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint Foundation
MAKEUP BY MARIO Master Mattes™ Eyeshadow Palette
RARE BEAUTY Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara

Best of Hair
This just in: Zoom-worthy hair was not merely a 2020 trend. Keeping things hair-tastic and ready to take a video call at the drop of a brush was just as vital this year, and these hot faves proved they were more than prepared to help you take the stress out of creating luscious tresses.

OLAPLEX No.3 Hair Perfector Treatment
OLAPLEX No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo
BREAD BEAUTY SUPPLY Kit 1 - Wash
OUAI Hair Oil
VIRTUE LABS Recovery Shampoo
COLOR WOW Dream Coat Supernatural Hair Styling Spray

Best Fragrances
From zesty mood-lifters to indulgently sensuous scents, this was definitely a year not to hold back from treating yourself to fragrance faves. These top picks worked hard to keep you feeling at the top of your game, whether you were staying in or conquering the outdoors.

HUDA BEAUTY Kayali Vanilla
DIOR Sauvage Eau de Parfum
DIOR Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet Eau De Toilette
JULIETTE HAS A GUN Not A Perfume Eau de Parfum
GUCCI Bloom Eau De Parfum
HUDA BEAUTY Kayali Vanilla | 28 Eau de Parfum

Best Tools & Devices
2021 was a year of on-point beauty devices, bar none. Sure, they might lack the intense glam factor of their other makeup brethren, but we’re pretty confident everyone’s got a tool, device or accessory they can’t imagine going a day without, and it’s probably one of these stars.

DYSON Airwrap Hair Styler Complete
DRYBAR The Wrap Party Curling & Styling Wand
FOREO BEAR™ Microcurrent Facial Toning Device
MOUNT LAI Gua Sha Facial Lifting Tool
FOREO UFO™ 2 Facial Treatment Device For All Skin Types

Best Bodycare
Head-to-toe pampering often gets overlooked and left behind in the rush of hectic lifestyles. Thankfully, these bodycare warriors were standing by at the ready to keep things soft, supple and hydrated whenever you had a moment to spare.

FIRST AID BEAUTY KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub With 10% AHA
FENTY SKIN Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream
KOPARI Coconut Oil Deodorant
TAN-LUXE The Gradual Illuminating Body Moisturiser
BIOSSANCE Squalane + Caffeine Toning Body Cream
STARSKIN VIP Fab Feet Fast™ Instant Foot Peeling Treatment