September 19, 2016

Being backstage at New York Fashion Week is an utter whirlwind. Amidst all the chaos and frenzy lie the best kept beauty secrets in the personal stashes of professional makeup artists. Getting a chance to view the beauty items on the work stations is just as exciting as peeking into the bags of your favourite celebs, revealing all their tips and tricks. These products aren’t the most exclusive in the market, in fact, they’re pretty much drugstore favourites that can be found easily. Thankfully, these beauty obsessions are also budget-friendly, making it accessible to us all as we try to recreate some of the looks ourselves. Read on to find out which products to pick up, stat.



Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith’s Rosebud Salve

You may have had this in your bag for years. This classic beauty product isn’t just a regular lip balm. When highlighting products aren’t at an arm’s reach, makeup artists will use it to add a little glimmer to the cheekbones or give a glossy texture to the eyelids without shimmer. The rosebud salve is also used to relieve dry, chapped lips from all the lip products that have been piled on during shows, keeping the lips smooth before applying lipstick.

$14 each, available at Sephora



Bioderma Sensibio H2O

If the makeup artist doesn’t have this micellar water in his makeup kit, chances are the model will. All models who are backstage to get their makeup done will have their faces wiped down with Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O before makeup is applied onto their skin. The French pharmacy favourite is a product in which oil molecules are suspended in a water-based solution. It’s gentle, incredibly effective at removing makeup and residue, and it won’t leave a greasy film on the skin.

$26.90 each, available at Guardian and Watsons outlets and on Zalora



Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

This creamy lotion is another French drugstore staple. The Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré moisturises the skin without being greasy, making it the perfect base for makeup. It gives the skin a healthy glow and it allows makeup to go on smoothly without pilling. Makeup artists will often slather it on the faces of the models to give them a radiant complexion, but the cult classic can also be used a very gentle makeup remover.

Approximately $36 each, available at FeelUnique



Avene Thermal Spring Water

If you need to set your makeup, refresh tired skin, or dampen your blending sponge, then perhaps you should consider using a pro favourite – Avene’s Thermal Spring Water. Makeup artists often spritz the face with the spring water before applying any moisturiser or makeup. It makes the skin soft and supple, prepping it so that other beauty products can be absorbed quicker into the skin.

$20.30 each, available at Guardian and Watsons outlets.



L’Oreal Elnett Satin Extra Strength Hair Spray

Many shows at Fashion Week are sponsored by specific beauty brands, which means that makeup artists have to use products from those brands to create their makeup looks. Due to these restrictions, makeup artists often smuggle products backstage, with product labels wrapped in black tape to cover them up. But it’s nearly impossible for one to not recognise that familiar gold tone peeking out under that tape. This hairstyling staple is the drugstore diamond of hairsprays – it gives the hair a firm hold while still being able to brush through. Plus, it’s cheap enough to buy in bulk, just in case. Some makeup artists will also spritz a little bit of this hairspray on a spoolie brush to keep eyebrows in place.

$11.90 each, available at Guardian and Watsons outlets. 


  • Embryolisse

    Great article❤️❤️ Thank you for featuring us as one of the cult classic beauty products used backstage at New York Fashion Week
    ❤️Love the passion❤️ ~Embryolisse USA