14 Affordable Beauty Buys Experts Used At Fashion Week | sheerluxe.com
Backstage Défilé CHANEL, Photos Benoît Peverelli
Backstage at London Fashion Week is the place to spot the beauty buys the pros actually use. From creamy, long-wear lipsticks to their go-to mascara we reveal the beauty basics spotted in the kits of the industry professionals. The best bit? They’re all under £25…
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1. Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water, £10.80

Its one-swipe, no-rinse philosophy explains why this is a backstage favourite. But it’s also a go-to for its super-gentle formula that melts away make-up and grime. It contains cleansing micelle particles suspended in soft water which absorb dirt without irritating or leaving residue. You won’t find a make-up artist without it.

2. Redken Wind Blown Dry Finishing Spray, £13.50

This backstage staple provides more than mere hold. The brush-out formula adds shine, busts frizz, builds volume and releases texture you never knew you had.

3. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Cucumber and Green Tea, from £7

 Rich in antioxidants and botanical extracts, this thrifty spray gives skin that fresh-from-the-spa glow we all crave. It sets make-up and leaves complexions feeling fresh and looking radiant for hours.

4. Kiko Pure Clean Wipes, £5.99 

Kiko is one of our favourite brands, yet it often slips under the radar. So, we were thrilled to see it being used by multiple make-up artists backstage this season. With nourishing avocado oil, expect skin to feel clean and smooth.

5. Doctor Paw Paw Tinted Balms, £6.95

 A cult classic created in Australia, these natural balms were used on models to create a sheer but buildable lip and cheek colour. They add pretty highlights to the face and are a great way of introducing warmth to the skin.

6. Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre Nourishing Moisturiser, from £12.50

 Essential fatty acids and vitamins help target thirsty skin. But it really comes into play when used with foundation for a flawless, creamy finish. Massage it in and watch the skin take on a beautiful tone without looking greasy.

7. Weleda Skin Food, £7.95 

Yes, its yellow formula can be distracting, but it sinks into skin to soothe dry patches fast – especially good on lips. Its light, herbal scent is addictive too.

8. MAC Extended Play Perm Me Up Lash, £16.50

 Creates fluttery, curled lashes in a single swipe without clumping or flaking. It’s designed to last for up to 16 hours, batting away every obstacle you throw its way.

9. Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick, £20

These lipsticks are used repeatedly backstage thanks to their long-wear formulas that don’t budge.  However, thanks to their remarkably light texture, your lips never feel dehydrated.

10. MAC Prep + Prime Fix Spray, £19

Want your make-up to set in 30-seconds flat with a dewy sheen to boot? Then MAC’s hero spray is your must-have. Great for refreshing dry, cakey patches too.

11. Maybelline Color Sensational Made For All Lipstick, £7.99

True to its name, Maybelline have tested this range on 50 skin tones, so everyone can find a shade to suit.. They deliver a satin finish that makes lips appear plumper instantly.

12. L.A.B.2 Lash Out Loud Mascara Wands, £5.50

Mascara spoolies are spied everywhere backstage. Thanks to their multiple sizes, they’re a great tool for creating different lash effects  – from full fat to fluttery – with your favourite mascara. We also swear by them for tinting lashes DIY to avoid any staining.

13. BeautyBlender, £17

This continuous best-seller gives flawless face like no other tool. Its pointy tip allows you to hit tiny targets while the round base allows for all-over buffing. Another bonus is the foundation stays wet on the sponge, so you can go back in and cover any make-up mishaps.

14. Chanel Le Gel Top Coat, £22

This is one serious shield. It layers down a glossy barrier that prevents discolouration of your polish and extends the life of any manicure for a solid week. Sometimes even 10 days.

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