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6 backstage beauty hacks

There’s a lot more than fashion going on behind the scenes at catwalk shows. We discovered the beauty staples the pros can’t live without, and how they use them

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Get supermodel lashes

Make-up artist Jaimee Thomas’ secret to a standout flutter without falsies is to sweep a fan brush along the bristles of a mascara wand, then apply to lashes. ‘This deposits product without clumps,’ she explains. Spectrum A10 Small Fan Brush, £4.99/499 points.

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Tame flyaways

Usually a dry-skin and cuticle saviour, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin protectant Cream Fragrance Free, £28/2,800 points (50ml), is used in place of anti-frizz serum by make-up artist Lisa Valencia. ‘Just before models hit the catwalk, I swipe a little through their hair to control unruly locks,’ she explains.

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For long-lasting lips…

…reach for eyeshadow – yes, really! ‘After applying your lipstick, pat a shimmery eyeshadow on the centre of your pout,’ advises make-up artist Julie Read. ‘It stays put for hours, unlike traditional shimmer glosses.’ CYO Everything Illuminated Shimmer Eyeshadow in Refusenik, £3.50/350 points.

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Glossify legs

Egyptian Magic Skin Cream, £29/2,900 points, 118ml, adds incredible shine to eyelids and skin,’ says Rimmel London make-up ambassador James Molloy. ‘Also, it’s ideal for giving legs that supermodel sheen on the runway.’

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PPrep brows

‘Spray a little dry shampoo on to a finger and run it across your eyebrows,’ suggests make-up artist Nadira V Persaud. ‘It will help brows seem thicker and act as a base for colour, as well as sweat-proofing them.’ Colab Dry Shampoo Spray Original, £3.49/349 points (200ml).

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Quick face fix

‘I always carry a bronze-toned lippy with me,’ reveals make-up artist Dani Guinsberg. ‘You can use it as an eyeshadow or a liner, and for contouring. It has saved me on numerous occasions.’ Our make-up bag just got lighter! NYX Professional Make Up Matte Lipstick in Minx, £7/700 points.

Words Donna Francis Photography Jason Lloyd-Evans, Pixeleyes

 

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