Tried and tested during Fashion Week(s), meet the busy woman’s new best friends…
42 hair and make-up changes, two late-night parties and three flights; if anyone’s an authority in looking fresh in the face of adversity, it’s the models and backstage pros of fashion weeks. Here’s what we learnt from those in the know…
1.Bobbi Brown Retouching Face Pencil, £22
6am call-times are never going to be conducive to a flawless complexion. Backstage, Bobbi Brown exclaimed that concealer was the ‘key to the universe’ and we’re inclined to agree. We love the portability of her Face Pencil which is great for on-the-go touch-ups, neutralising redness, and subtly highlighting. If you need a bit of extra zing, throw on a bright red lipstick – it’s your ultimate weapon of mass distraction!
2.SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque, £55
Stress, sleepless nights and fast-food (and you thought Fashion Week was glamorous!); if ever there was a time for skin to have a freak-out it’s during the shows. We were privy to the make-up artists’ SOS skincare arsenal which, alongside Dr Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream to hydrate parched complexions and Dr PawPaw’s Original Balm to comfort chapped lips, included this skin-soothing offering from SkinCeuticals to help reduce redness and discomfort.
3.Essie Gel Couture Nail Colour, £9.99
No time for a mani? Luckily nail formulas have upped their ante in recent years with finishes and durability to rival a gel but without the faff of a UV lamp or the laborious removal techniques. Backstage, nail techs were embracing Essie’s Gel Couture range which boasts a whopping 12 days wear (that’s almost two cities covered in one application) thanks to it’s 2-part system which consists of colour and a unique top-coat for a gel-like finish.
4.SHOW Beauty Premiere Dry Shampoo, £30
When it’s a choice between an extra hour in bed and a post-party hair wash, the duvet wins every time. The fashionista’s weapon of choice? Dry shampoo of course. The beauty editors opt for travel-sized minis to spritz in-between shows whilst hair legend Sam McKnight confesses to turning to dry shampoo when washing the model’s hair just isn’t an option. His top tip? Spray onto a bristle brush first before combing through to imperceptibly absorb greasy roots. We love SHOW Beauty’s Premiere Dry Shampoo for gently volumising with no white residue.
Cassie Steer - InStyle Beauty Director