Now that fashion week has officially drawn to a close, we can take a well-deserved moment of rest (and flat shoes) to reflect on all of the beauty looks we encountered backstage. With such a bevy of talented makeup artists, hair directors and beauty brands, it’s not hard to pick up a trick or 500. So to bring a little order to the fashion week chaos, we have curated a list of the six need-to-buy products behind some of our favourite looks.
MAC White Face And Body Foundation
We discovered this multi-tasking hero thanks to Nicole Thompson, who was at the helm of the electric look at Bec & Bridge. Nicole used it to give the model skin a brightened sheen, rather than a shimmery highlight (think more editorial, less instagram). It’s also amazing though, for lightening any foundations that are too dark, or prepping a dewy complexion pre-makeup.
Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Liner
This is undoubtedly the thinnest gel eyeliner we’ve seen, meaning it’s basically foolproof for anyone not dexterous enough to wrangle with tricky liquids (most women). Nigel Stanislaus used the twist up crayon between lashes on the lash line for doll like volume at Macgraw. At only $13.50, we were sold.
Lancôme Genifique Light Pearl Eye Serum
National Lancôme makeup director Lara Srokowski explained that the emphasis was on skin for the Roopa show. To diminish any puffiness and dark circles around the eye area (which is a given when it comes to 6am call times and 12 hour days), Lancôme’s Light Pearl Eye Serum was used. The applicator is a steel ball that pushes away toxins and fluid, while the serum hydrates and brightens. We’ll take one of those, thank you.
Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam
‘Dancing on a hot Caribbean night’ was the hair vibe at We Are Kindred. Glossy strands that strategically framed the face were achieved using Redken’s Guts Volume 10 Spray Foam. This spray mousse has a lot of grip and boosting power, so we’re adding this to our Saturday night beauty kit.
Kevin Murphy Anti Gravity
Albeit days of non-stop heat styling, model hair seems to defy all odds and remain all bouncy and lustrous. As it would turn out, they’re in the best hands- two of which belong to Byron Turnball from Edwards and Co. One of his hero products was Kevin Murphy Anti Gravity. If it’s cool-girl, tousled volume you crave, this styling crème is for you (and being oil-free, don’t be scared to use a generous amount).
KMS Tame Frizz De-Frizz Oil
This was the hero product backstage KITX (which was the hair highlight in our opinion- think button’s from Kits collection sewn through model hair). This serum was lightweight, tamed fly-away’s without grease, and left hair with a ‘freshly-coloured and blow-dried’ gloss that literally shined on the runway. Perfect for girls with fine hair, as well.
Story By Emily Algar.