7 Beauty Products On Amazon That Professional Makeup Artists Use & Love
Runway hair, makeup, and nail trends often vary from season to season, but backstage at fashion week, a select roster of tried and true beauty essentials remain the same year after year. The truth is, a vast majority of the hair and makeup looks you see at fashion week are sponsored by major beauty brands, which means that the smoky eyes, red lips, and velvety skin you see on the runways are sometimes dictated by future product launches — new shadow palettes, lipstick shades, and foundations — that brands want to promote. And it makes sense for them to launch new products during fashion week: Not only is there buzz for each brand, but it gives the pros a chance to use all the new goods — whether that be a simple mascara, a new hairspray, or an entire range of new foundations — and talk about them at length.
While that pursuit of newness is part of what draws me in each season (put it this way: I started pre-Instagram), and I love a new palette as much as the next Sephora VIB, one of my favorite parts of the hectic backstage experience has always been poking around artists' kits in search of the weird, wonderful unsponsored items — the unsung heroes that the best hair, makeup, and nail pros actually use on set year-round. Read on to find out which product staples have stood the test of time backstage, and how they'll work for you, IRL. Best of all, these beauty products are all available on Amazon.
FYI: Lube isn't just for the bedroom. "I have carried KY around for many years," says hair stylist James Pecis, who was backstage at Gabriela Hearst. "It really gets used but it is great for a certain type of wet hair which creates thick separation, high gloss, and a lot of slip."
Models go through several makeup looks a day during fashion week, and each change requires a full removal, which can seriously strip skin. Veteran makeup artists keep this multi-purpose balm on hand to soothe irritated faces, hydrate lips, and add sheen to eyelids and cheeks.
Homeoplasmine might look like a feminine hygiene product, but don't be deterred by the packaging. Makeup artists like Tom Pecheux (who created the beauty looks at Brandon Maxwell, Oscar De La Renta, and more) use this French ointment to prep models' lips for pigment because it hydrates without any discernible texture — it's neither matte nor shiny. Plus, one tube goes a long way.
I've seen Bioderma's micellar water backstage at virtually every show, in every city, for more than a decade. Makeup pros are obsessed with this French drugstore beauty staple because it removes makeup — even waterproof mascara — without needing to be rinsed off. "Bioderma has been in my kit for 20 years. I use it to clean up, as well as perfect and change the shape of liner. It's also great for removing product up at the lash line: It doesn’t irritate and most importantly, because it’s not oil based, it doesn’t cause makeup to bleed," says makeup artist Romy Soleimani, who was backstage at Ulla Johnson and Milly. At home, swipe a micellar water-saturated cotton pad over freshly cleansed skin to pick up any unseen residue.
"When I was starting out at a fancy salon name brand salon, Elnett was the hairspray wrapped in tape that every stylist would pull out from the bottom drawer," says backstage hair fixture Gio Vaccaro, who keyed Lela Rose this season. "Unlike some hairsprays that go on super wet, Elnett is dry and brushable. There's never residue. I've had it in my kit for 12 years."