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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
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.
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.
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.
‘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.’
‘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).
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