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10 Beauty Products That Reigned Backstage This Fashion Week [NYFW]

If your eyes are starving for some fresh beauty bad-assery right now, you’re not alone. It’s cold as hell in NYC and the sidewalks are covered in what can only be referred to as salt n’ pepper slush, wrecking everyone’s A.M. strut to work and narrowing down our options to one footwear choice: snow boots. With NYFW coming to a close, and the world’s best beauty experts working their last-minute magic as we type, we felt it only appropriate to shine the spotlight on their products: who’s using what, and why? And while each season brings something a little different, (colors, formulas, and looks) the pros are pretty predictable when it comes to the core products in their kits. Look past the carefully-curated palettes and branded towels backstage this season, and you’re sure to find at least one of the below.


At the risk of stating the obvious: every makeup artist has some form of Bioderma on them at all times, and nine times out of 10 it’s the iconic pink-capped, sensitive skin solution. It cleanses, it removes eye and lip makeup, and it makes all the models swoon. It truly does it all.Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 3.16.43 PMSheet Masks

Speaking of makeup remover, with their faces constantly being made up and scrubbed down, model skin goes through some major wear and tear during Fashion Week. To provide some much-needed TLC, pros have taken advantage of the K-beauty boom in recent years and stocked their kits with moisturizing sheet masks for models to wear (and take selfies in) before makeup. You’ll find a few different brands backstage, but Dr. Jart+’s Water Replenishment seems to be the favorite product du jour. Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 3.21.13 PML’Oréal Elnett

Legend has it, you once had to fly to Paris to get your hands on this extra-hold, cult classic hairspray beloved by makeup artists and hair stylists alike. Luckily, those days are long gone, now that it’s available at—drumroll please—Walmart, right here in the U.S.A.Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 3.23.41 PMAn Everywhere Salve

The brands may be different (Homeoplasmine, Lucas Pawpaw, Milk Makeup), but the product is always there backstage: a tube or tub of super-moisturizer that heals lips, skin, and cuticles all in one. Do like the models do and stash a jar in your bag for an impromptu lip balm, highlight, and/or glossy lid moment, and kiss those unfashionable dry patches buh-bye.Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 3.25.29 PMEmbryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè

What is it about fashion and French pharmacies? You could run into a crew of models, makeup artists, and attendees heading into a fashion show and tubes of this iconic moisturizer would likely rain from each and every bag. Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 3.28.06 PMEvian Mineral Water Spray

Evian Spray is one of those beauty products you see on blogs and have no idea what it actually does—until you accidentally use it one day and become hooked for life. Pros use it backstage to refresh and prep skin for makeup, or add a dewy glow. Real people use it because it’s just really luxurious.Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 3.30.35 PMBumble and bumble Prep Spray

No matter what beauty brand sponsored the show, you’re likely to find a bottle of this pro-approved prep spray on every hair stylist’s stand. It detangles, it adds texture, and it’s packed with nutrients for over-worked model hair—what’s not to love?Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 3.33.11 PMExtra Mascara Spoolies

Fresh mascara wands have endless uses backstage. From removing mascara clumps to brushing up brows, these bad boys are a makeup artist’s most crucial tool. Backstage and celeb manicurist Julie Kandalec is also known for dipping them in polish remover and using them to clean around nails. Genius.Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 3.34.20 PMBeauty Blender

Unless you’re going for extreme contouring à la Hood by Air Spring 2016, you’re gonna want to blend that foundation real good. Backstage makeup artists and YouTube gurus alike swear by this tool.Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 3.35.14 PMWeleda Skin Food

One of the weirdest pro tips we’ve ever learned, there are some makeup artists in the biz who are known to mix Weleda’s super-thick 90-year-old body cream with foundation for an ultra-glowy complexion. Talk about a glow up.Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 3.36.44 PM

Sue Williamson is an Editor for Milk Makeup. 

Images via Riley Carithers, Beautylish, Sephora, Walmart, Embryolisse, Amazon, and Weleda 

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