Best kept beauty secrets: what a Dermatologist really keeps in her make-up bag

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Justine Kluk
Dr Justine Kluk is a London-based Medical and Cosmetic Consultant Dermatologist with boutique clinics in Hampstead and Harley Street. Whatever your skin concern, be it breakouts, scarring or slowing the signs of ageing, her warm approach, expert treatment and tailored skincare advice can help you look and feel your best.

As you might expect from a Consultant Dermatologist, I am constantly asked to share my tips and beauty secrets for healthy-looking skin. I truly believe that a radiant complexion and glowing skin are achievable for all of us. All it takes is a good skincare routine and the occasional helping hand from a skin expert like me. Having a few reliable staples in your make-up kit can also do wonders for covering imperfections and boosting self-esteem. If you’ve been considering a beauty overhaul for a while, this is my little 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 what beauty secrets you use…please join in and share your best kept beauty secrets in the comments below!

No. 1: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

Beauty Secrets laura mercier secret camouflage

Secret Camouflage by Laura Mercier is 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. Get it here.

No.2: Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes

Beauty Secrets 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. It makes my lashes look really long & fluttery (without any clumping) and it reaches all the lashes with the extra long brush. This is the perfect daytime mascara as it enhances lashes in a natural-looking way. Gorgeous! Get it here.

No.3: Bare Minerals Mineral Veil

Beauty Secrets 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). Bare Minerals Mineral Veil is not a replacement for your SPF30+ sun protection moisturiser which should have been applied before starting your makeup. Get it here.

No.4: Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder

Beauty Secrets 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. Get it here.

No.5: Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner

Beauty Secrets 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. Get it here.

No.6: Laura Mercier Lotus Blush

Beauty Secrets 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. Get it here.

No.7: Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup

Beauty Secrets 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. Get it here.

No.8: Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Arthur

Beauty Secrets 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. Get it here.

What are your best kept beauty secrets?

Do you have some beauty secrets that you wish to share? Share them in the comments below!

Dr Justine Kluk

Dr Justine Kluk (drjustinekluk.com) is a London-based Medical and Cosmetic Consultant Dermatologist with boutique clinics in Hampstead and Harley Street. Whatever your skin concern, be it breakouts, scarring or slowing the signs of ageing, her warm approach, expert treatment and tailored skincare advice can help you look and feel your best.

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Justine Kluk

Justine Kluk

Dr Justine Kluk is a London-based Medical and Cosmetic Consultant Dermatologist with boutique clinics in Hampstead and Harley Street. Whatever your skin concern, be it breakouts, scarring or slowing the signs of ageing, her warm approach, expert treatment and tailored skincare advice can help you look and feel your best.

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