Ask any runway model for her secrets to maintaining gorgeous skin, and the answer is usually to drink lots of water, get a good night’s sleep, and eat a healthy diet—which we all know is thrown out the window once New York Fashion Week begins. Top notch skincare has now become just as important as makeup and hair products to creating the impeccable NYFW SS15 beauty trends that complete the fashions debuted on the runways. Under-eye circles from hitting up too many late parties, irritated skin from constant makeup changes, dry patches from drinking too much champagne and not enough water—these are the first beauty issues addressed as soon as a model makes it to her backstage beauty station. Fast-acting skincare solutions are in high demand backstage as models may have less than an hour to get ready from head to toe. And of course, nailing just the right skin finish—whether the fashion designer wants the models to look youthful and glowing or sophisticated and matte—is of the utmost importance; after all skin is your best accessory, right? Here are some of the skin pros, products and tips we spied backstage.
Lead makeup artist Tina Turnbow prepped models’ skin with either The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Face Gel (on oily skin) or the new Double Rose Ultra Face Cream (on drier skin). The end result: soft, semi-matte skin that was the perfect base for the effortlessly glamorous appeal of the entire show, which was inspired by the work of contemporary Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, mixing graphic cut outs reminiscent of Japanese wood cuts and prints with feminine materials and shapes of Kimonos. FYI, The Organic Pharmacy has just opened its first store in New York City, in lower Manhattan at 353 Bleeker Street. It’s stocked with 400 items for mind-body wellbeing, including skincare, makeup, detox programs and spa treatments.
GET IT NOW: The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Face Gel, $110, Double Rose Ultra Face Cream, $99.
The inspiration for the Trina Turk SS15 collection: A California girl going to a flower market who has a healthy, easy way about her. Lead makeup artist Jason Araujo used Boots NO7 Beautiful Skin Vitality Eye Roll-On, which has a roller ball applicator tip to massage the cooling formula into the eye area, thus quickly reducing puffiness. Pearl extract gives a brightening boost, while caffeine stimulates and tightens the eye area and vitamin C supports collagen production for better skin elasticity. If a model’s t-zone looked a bit too shiny, he tapped on Boots NO7 Beautiful Skin T Zone Rescue, an oil-free gel that contains witch hazel and zinc to instantly mattify the skin and reduce the appearance of pores. His last prep step before makeup: Boots NO7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream Dry/Very Dry SPF 15, a rich moisturizer with glycerin, shea butter and ceramides, to make the model’s skin look as soft and velvety as the flower petals she’ll be shopping for while walking down the runway.
GET IT NOW: Boots NO7 Beautiful Skin Vitality Eye Roll-On, $17, Beautiful Skin T Zone Rescue, $15, and Beautiful Skin Day Cream Dry/Very Dry SPF 15, $13.
Rag & Bone
At the Rag & Bone SS15 show, celebrity makeup artist Gucci Westman gave the models a radiance boost with the new Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Mask. Light and refreshing, the Water Replenishment Mask delivers a concentrated, hydrating serum containing chamomile flower water, collagen, hyaluronic acid, and witch hazel extract to hydrate and soothe dry, fatigued skin. The 10-free Tencel cotton mask provides excellent adhesion with minimal skin irritation and scores extra points for being environmentally-friendly— a guilt-free way of achieving the dewy look.
GET IT NOW: Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Mask is available in Sephora stores and should be available on Sephora.com in a few days. We promise to update this link as soon as the new mask is available. Until then, Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask, $42 for 5 masks, is very similar.
Celebrity aesthetician Eileen Harcourt applied Patchology Energizing Eye Patches under each models’ eyes upon their arrival backstage. The Patchology Activating Gel, which contains hyaluronic acid, okra plant peptide, vitamins C, B3 and B5, and cucumber and mint extracts, was first applied to each patch before being placed on the models’ skin, immediately imparting a cooling sensation upon application. Containing micro-current technology, the patches help deliver the effective hydrating and rejuvenating ingredients deep into the skin in a way that regular creams and serums cannot. The hydrating patches worked their magic for 20 minutes, while models had their hair and nails done, after which each patch was removed and any residue of the Activating Gel was gently removed with a wipe. Each model was left with smooth and refreshed under-eye canvases for makeup.
WORDS: Rachel Hayes