As you know, I spent a fair amount of time backstage this season. When I wasn’t snapping away on my camera, I seized every opportunity to peruse the hair and makeup stations. At every show, there is one designated beauty sponsor for each of the three major categories: hair, makeup and nails. It is the purpose of the hair and makeup artists to use the products of each sponsor when creating the look, but let’s get real; you can’t expect every line to be so complete that no other reinforcements are needed to get the desired look. This is why the hair and makeup teams come prepared with their essential secret weapons.
I know what you’re thinking, is this just some ordinary “backstage beauty products…revealed,” article? Certainly not. I’m not even going there, because why should I? There have been countless articles divulging the favorite cult products of artists everywhere, and frankly, most of us don’t really care about the exact kind of surgical tape that is used to remove a pound of glitter from beneath the eye. Right? We want the good stuff—the things that we can use daily to look and feel our best.
So, this is a rundown of the most current and trustworthy backstage beauty products that every girl needs in her kit for every day life. These are products that I own and stand behind…these are simply the backstage beauty essentials that you actually need.
Bioderma Crealine – Famous for being used by just about every makeup artist from New York to Paris, this hero product does it all. It will remove a face full of makeup and clean your brushes. It’s simple, yet highly effective. I also spotted Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water a lot backstage. Similar to Bioderma, this Japanese favorite features a gentle, non-greasy formula for maximum results.
Dr. Jart+ Water-Full Hydrogel Mask – When models arrived at Opening Ceremony this season, the first stop was the Dr. Jart table, where everyone was given a quick facial for a clean slate. “It’s all about your skin as the first line of defense,” Joy Fennell of Dr. Jart said. “We put on a mask that instantly infuses hydration and helps with the skin’s elasticity.” I walked home with this very mask, and I can honestly say, this works! Its SK-II quality and left my skin super plumped, hydrated and glowing. I would use this type of mask anytime you need a little hydra-boost. I must mentioned that the Dr. Jart+ Premium Time Renewing Serum is fabulous as well. My friend Aimee from The Formula Blog swears by this. Now I know why.
Embryolisse – This French pharmacy all-star is one of the most “feel good,” lightweight moisturizers out there. Sure it’s not packed with all the science anti-aging stuff that is going turn back time, but it feels super luxurious and doesn’t cause redness or breakouts, so it’s perfect for sensitive skin. This is why it’s used backstage. I LOVE to travel with my Embryolisse, because it’s perfect for post-flight touchups and rehydration. It also preps the skin amazingly for makeup. This should be every party girl’s secret weapon.
Lucas’ Papaw Ointment– Another one of those do-it-alls. It’s like a way more intense Neosporen. Made out of an Australian fruit called the papaw, this ointment can be used to treat cuts, scrapes, splinters, chapped lips, cuticles, elbows, and just about anything else. I love it for travel, and use it on my lips and around my eyes for extra moisture. Even Net-A-Porter picked this baby up. I even apply on my eyebrows to make them thicker and healthier. Oh did I forget to mention that this creates a dope glossy eye?
Bumble and Bumble Prep – A detangler, leave-in conditioner, and a substitution for washing the models’ hair in between shows, this product is top-of-the-line. At Proenza, many of the girls showed up with tons of products in their hair, so artists used Prep to “restart” the hair and bring it back to life. It dries faster than water and makes hair much softer. My friend Sam, turned me onto this baby. “If a girl has bangs and she slept on them funny, she can just hit them with Prep and then redo them in the morning instead of having to start fresh.” — Jimmy Paul, Hairstylist
Simple Skincare Exfoliating Wipes– These double-sided wipes gently lift dead skin cells from the face, leaving skin smooth and revitalized. They come fully packed with vitamins and the added Aloe Vera is super calming. There are no dyes or perfumes used, so it’s gentle enough for all skin types. These are also perfect for travel. I use mine on the plane just after takeoff to clean my skin before popping on my good ole’ Embryolisse moisturizer and my favorite eye cream.
Beauty Blender – This is the KEY to makeup application, especially for those who use foundations and highlighters. When you apply a spray toner, like Tata Harper Herbal Toner or Caudalie Beauty Elixir, onto the face mid-foundation application, it creates the smoothest application.
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser – Just a cute as the original Baby Lips, right? This newly launched skincare wonder actually works. Seen backstage at Mara Hoffman. The key is to apply sparingly (wherever you need a little help) as opposed to lathering like a primer over the entire face. Smooth over your moisturizer (under foundation) and watch your pores and even fine lines vanish. The matte finish simply blurs any skin imperfections leaving poreless smooth skin.
Rohto Eye Drops – To make your whites whiter. I have talked about my love for Rohto before…I am basically addicted to these eyes drops. They are great because they immediately make you look more rested and awake.
Mason Pearson “Popular” Bristle/ Nylon Mix Brush – Everyone knows that this is the best and most universal brush. Hair stylists use it because its the most gentle. It doesn’t cause split ends or irritation to the scalp but can be used to create volume and easily brush out tangles. I love the mini version for travel.
Photo of Josephine Skriver (the first) by Carly Tati.