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.