You’d never know that models’ were surviving on zero sleep and suffering from jetlag. Why? Because their skin always looks so immaculate and glowy. Luckily, we jotted down every skincare product we saw backstage at Fashion Week so we can recreate those dewy complexions in double quick time at home. Simultaneously rehydrating, anti-wrinkle and spot-fighting, here’s how to get supermodel skin…
The suits everyone cleanser
When you’re removing make-up between shows, you need a hardy cleanser that can cut through layers of pigment without disrupting the skin’s natural barrier. At Rag & Bone make-up expert, Gucci Westman, turned to Omorovicza’s Thermal Cleansing Balm, £46. Suitable for all skin types (which is why it’s such a backstage hero) it contains calcium, magnesium and Hungarian Moor mud to lift away make-up, banish impurities and leave skin clean, soft and hydrated. We love the black colour too!
The non-drying toner
Despite rumours toners aren’t always drying and are great at scooping up any residue left over from cleansers or make-up removers. At Alice Temperley, where fresh English rose complexions come as standard, Liz Earle’s go-to, Abigail James, swiped the Instant Boost Skin Tonic, £14.50. Infused with aloe vera, cucumber and vitamin E, it’s like an instant refresh button for your face.
The intense oil hydrator
Chanelling society women, Jenny Packham models were treated to expensive looking skin and we all know that a dewy complexion comes from well-hydrated faces. Enter Laura Mercier’s new Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil, £43.50, that was massaged into model’s faces pre-tinted moisturiser. As well as rose being famed for it’s hydrating and calming properties, the oil formula meant it got to work in seconds – a total must when everyone’s working to tight call times!
The skin rebalancer
Spots can happen to the best of us but when pores have been bunged up with everything from foundation to glitter, models are high risk. Taking inspiration from the intricate Japanese skincare routine, at House of Herrera, make-up artists patted on SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, £62, to rebalance the skin’s natural pH and sebum levels. Spots don’t stand a chance. We’re stocking up now!
The complexion calmer
Hands on faces and sub-zero temperatures (New York Fashion Week we’re looking at you) can be a recipe for disaster, especially if models’ are prone to redness and sensitivity which is why the pro’s backstage at PPQ kept Jurlique’s Calendula Calming Mist, £29, within arm’s reach. A quick spritz before any base nips rosacea and red tones in the bud but it’s light enough to be misted over make-up too.
The anti-ageing cream for 20-somethings
Most models are in their early 20s but like us, they’re worried about wrinkles too which is why they were so excited when the new Sisleyyouth, £118, was whipped out at Emilia Wickstead where the brief was geek chic – read – clear, clean complexions. Designed to tackle the early signs of ageing, it’s not cheap but it’s potent soy peptides and energy-boosting actives have been proven to keep wrinkles away and leave even the most exhausted skin looking plump and glowy. We’re in!
The perfect skin prep
Primers are often overlooked backstage – sometimes because of time, sometimes because the silicones in them can make them pill and flake but not at Orla Kiely. Chanelling a wholesome, born-pretty look, make-up artist, Florrie White, smoothed Clinique’s Superprimer Face Primer Universal, £20, into skin to keep it fresh and glowing and snap shut open pores that could cause unwanted shine under the spotlights.
The all round skincare saviour
We could barely turn our heads backstage without seeing a tube of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, £23.50. Soothing and healing chapped lips, rubbed into rough cuticles, brushed into dry eyebrows – yes they’re a thing – even used on the ends of hair to pat down frizz, we felt a little pinch of pride as we applied our own – it’s not just the pro’s who won’t rock up at Fashion Week without it!