Beauty products experts swear by

Insiders let us in on their beauty kit essentials

marie claire Contributor / May 25 2017

Looking to update your beauty kit streamline your beauty routine? We want you to have everything of the best, so we asked four experts to list the essentials every woman needs in her kit.


The Dermatologist:

Dr Sarvjit Sohal specialises in contact dermatitis and cosmetic dermatology, and works as a staff specialist at The Skin Hospital in Sydney.

The cleanser: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

The sensitive skin saver: Ego QV Rescue Gel, because “Niacinamide and menthol calm and soothe irritated skin.”

The night moisturiser: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Night Concentrate

The targeted treatment: NeoStrata Triple Firming Neck Cream, because it “Works on sagging skin, pigmentation and ageing – start using in your 30s before the issues are too obvious.” 

The weekly mask: Avene Cleanance Mask, as “This cleanses and exfoliates oily and blemish-prone skin.” 

The anti-ager for sensitive skin: La Roche-Posay Redermic R Dermatological Corrective Concentrate, which “Makes the best use of top anti-ageing ingredient, retinol, for sensitive skin.” 


When I buy skin care, my priority is to ensure it’s non-comedogenic - no-one wants pimples induced by a product; then I look at the actives.
Dr Sarvjit Sohal

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

NeoStrata Triple Firming Neck Cream

Avene Cleanance Mask

The Makeup Artist:

Rae Morris has worked with numerous celebrities, authored five books, and is currently the Priceline Pharmacy makeup director. 

The face mist: Uriage Thermal Water Spray, because “This seals makeup and hydrates and refreshes the skin.” 

The blush: Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in 200 , as “This has the slightest hint of shimmer to give the cheeks a youthful glow.” 

The glowy foundation: L’Oréal Paris Lumi Magique 

The lightweight oil: Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Purpose Dry Oil, “I use this on the elbows, décolletage and legs.” 

The illuminator: LUMA Illuminating Highlighter, because “The sheen is soft and not too sparkly.” 

The mascara: L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Mascara 

The lip balm: Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm, as “This has a matte finish and doubles as a brow tamer.” 

The primer: Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner, because "This is a great makeup base for oily skin and helps mattify and refine the texture.” 

The redness reducer: People for Plants Hydration Gel, “It calms down even the most sensitive of skin.” 

L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique

LUMA Illuminating Highlighter

Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner

The Manicurist:

Ali Magliveras has primped Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock and is nail director for Essie Australia. 

The shiny top coat: Nails Inc. Gel Effect Top Coat 

The vampy polish: essie Nail Lacquer in Wicked, “This blood-red shade is perfect for sexy glossy toes.” 

The nail file: Manicare Shapers Fashion, “I carry one in my wallet to deal with chips or spikes as they happen.” 

The cuticle treatment: Dior Crème Abricot, “I use one first thing in the morning and last thing at night.” 

The rapid dry top coat: essie Quick-E Drying Drops , “This fast-dry top coat is essential at Fashion Week when there’s no time to wait for nails to dry.” 

The bold and bright hue: Butter London Patent Shine 10x Nail Lacquer in Jolly Good 

The neutral polish: YSL Beauté La Laque Couture in Rose Abstrait 

The best red polish: Chanel Le Vernis in Pirate, “A true red is glamorous, classic and suits most skin tones.” 

Dior Crème Abricot

essie Quick-E Drying Drops

Chanel Le Vernis in Pirate

The Hairstylist:

Kenneth Stoddard has worked on numerous editorial and advertising features and is the Priceline Pharmacy hair director. 

The hairspray: L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Absolute Extreme Hold Hairspray, “I can’t survive without this classic.”  

The volumising powder: Batiste XXL Plumping Powder, because "A light shake of this weightless powder adds texture and volume – no backcombing required.” 

The texturising spray: John Frieda Ocean Waves Sea-Salt Spray, “Spray onto damp hair for sexy surf waves.” 

The dry shampoo: Batiste Dry Shampoo Medium & Brunette 

The volumising mousse: John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse 

The nourishing treatment: Pantene 3 Minute Miracle 

The curling cream: Lee Stafford Here Come The Curls Control Crème, is “A rich, moisturising cream for controlling frizzy, unruly curls.” 

The styling cream: Toni&Guy Glamour Volume Plumping Whip, “This creates all-day body.” 

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Absolute Extreme Hold Hairspray

John Frieda Ocean Waves Sea-Salt Spray

Lee Stafford Here Come The Curls Control Crème

Main image credit: Getty

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