As you might expect from a Consultant Dermatologist, I am often asked to share my tips for healthy-looking skin. With the right skincare routine, expert medical advice and a bit more of a helping hand in some cases, a radiant complexion and glowing skin are totally achievable. At the same time, it’s worth considering whether your make-up bag is due for an overhaul. Here I give you a sneak-peek into what a Dermatologist really keeps in her makeup bag. These are my all-time favourites and give me the confidence I need to look and feel my best. I’d love to know yours!
No. 1: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. Designed specifically for under and around the eyes to conceal discolouration and shadows, this little beauty offers two different shades that you can blend for the perfect colour match and is also great for disguising blemishes, dark spots and bruises. A staple in my makeup bag for years.
No.2: Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes. I am relatively new to the Charlotte Tilbury party, but have been converted by this super mascara. Touted as a 5-in-1 multitasker for giving curl, separation, volume, length, and drama, I love its subtle dark brown-black colour, that it makes my lashes look really long and fluttery without clumping at all and that it reaches all the lashes as the brush is extra long. This is the perfect daytime mascara as it enhances lashes in a natural-looking way. Gorgeous!
No.3: Bare Minerals Mineral Veil. This is a weightless, translucent finishing powder that absorbs shine, blurs fine lines, minimises pores and gives a bright even complexion. It also offers SPF25 sun protection (which pleases me greatly as a Dermatologist), but is not a replacement for your SPF30+ sun protection moisturiser which should have been applied before starting your makeup.
No.4: Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder. Another staple of mine over the years, this gorgeous gold-infused bronzer gives a really natural-looking, shimmery, sun-kissed glow, is fabulous for contouring and enhancing cheekbones and is the only “suntan” I’m prepared to wear. So for year-long healthy, radiant skin, this little beauty is my saviour.
No.5: Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner. Gorgeous inky black colour. Super easy to handle and apply as it is essentially a felt tip. Easy to correct without smudges if you do have shaky hands. Best of all…it doesn’t budge all day
No.6: Laura Mercier Lotus Blush. This soft and silky powder blush gives my cheeks a healthy, vibrant, rosy complexion. It’s light as air texture means there is no danger of an overdone or caked appearance, which suits me perfectly as a less-is-more kinda gal.
No.7: Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup. Although a matte finish looks really beautiful on some people, my skin tends to be quite dry so any sort of matte foundation ends up looking quite obvious and a bit too ‘done’ for my liking. This means I’ve had to try lots (and lots and lots and lots) of foundations over the years to find one that gives me a luminous dewy finish. This is one of my all-time faves, along with Armani Luminous Silk and Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Foundation. The Chanel foundation has a lovely, light creamy texture, is easy to distribute evenly onto the skin and feels really hydrating and comfortable once it’s on. As far as coverage goes, it’s light to medium which suits me perfectly as I prefer a more healthy, natural look.
No.8: Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Arthur. This bright and punchy red is the secret weapon in my toolkit. It has a lovely soft, buttery texture so it looks super glossy and velvety smooth even on the most parched winter lips. Great for a glam evening look or for adding a bit of colour and drama during the day if you’re prone to spending your entire life wearing black like me….or just because you feel like it! This little beauty is boldness bottled and I always feel that little bit more striking and confident when I’ve deployed it.
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