12 Affordable Beauty Buys Experts Used At Fashion Week
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. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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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