Ever wonder just how models look so darn good? Sure, their genes play a huge part, but when the rushed lunches, partying and constant on-the-go action take their toll, even model skin starts to show signs of strain. That’s when it’s time for backstage make-up artists to perform some quick-as-a-flash sleight of hand, erasing all signs of fast-paced lifestyle.
The experts that work backstage to bring you these gorgeous and groomed looks settle for nothing but the best when it comes to supermodel skin as it’s their creative canvas, ready to tell the story of their chosen catwalk show. Precision, knowledge and experience ensure that the kits of these imaginative geniuses contain nothing but the highest efficiency products, guaranteed to provide the best results that fit right into their super speedy timescale.
Get your backstage pass ready – we’re taking you on a trip through fashion week skincare. Here are some of the secret weapons used to ensure that skin is runway-ready…
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Power Serum
For an instant glow, look no further than the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum. This ultra quencher is lauded by models and beauty editors alike (including beauty hero, Sali Hughes), and is well known for its ability to plump, smooth and give skin a gorgeous healthy glow in a flash. The key ingredient here is Activ Hyaluronine™, which quenches the complexion with a micro-encapsulated infusion of hyaluronic acid that is continually delivered to the skin for an impressive 48 hours.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water
These days everyone has a bottle of micellar water in their skincare stash, but did you know that Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water was the very first? Bioderma pioneered micellar technology to ease the strain that Parisian women experienced with hard water on their skin, and the innovation very quickly found its way backstage at every major show. Today, three bottles of this cult wonder water are sold around the world every minute – believe the hype and bin the wipes, this is the crème de la crème of quick and easy cleansing!
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre
Another product with humble beginnings is Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, which was originally created to aid the healing process of burns. It’s now a bona fide backstage staple that lives a multiplicitous life as a moisturiser, a mask and a make-up primer. You can even use it as a rich, emollient cleanser to remove make-up at the end of the day. The secret lies in its ultra lightweight, comfortable texture that is so easy to apply and wear. Karlie Kloss is a huge fan, and if it’s good enough for the Queen of Amazing Skin…
La Roche-Posay Serozinc
Every dressing table needs a can of La Roche-Posay Serozinc. This does-it-all mist of healing, soothing water is marketed as a toning mist, but it’s perfect for so many other things. It mattifies excess oiliness, tightens pores, speeds up the healing process and really soothes troubled skin. And the benefits won’t just stop with you – Serozinc is perfect as a calming after-shave lotion for men, and to soothe babies’ nappy rash. Breakouts and skin irritations, be gone.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is the doyenne of beauty classics, and a habitual backstage feature. Its popularity lies in its mind-boggling number of uses: daub onto skin to ease dryness, sunburn and irritation, mix with eyeshadow to add a sexy sheen to your eyes, mix with your lipstick to prevent chapped skin, use on cheekbones for a dewy glow, tame your brows, soften your cuticles… the list is endless, and it keeps on growing! Jessica Stam, Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss are counted amongst its many well-heeled fans.
Bringing our your tube of Homeoplasmine is bringing out the big guns. This beautifying ointment calms and soothes any temperamental issues that may arise unexpectedly (don’t you just hate them), especially if your hectic schedule of being here, there and everywhere is playing havoc with your complexion. This could well be the best kept secret in beauty, fixing cracked lips, mattifying skin before makeup and clearing any unwanted breakouts with its antibacterial formula. Talk about a work horse!