12 Affordable Beauty Buys Experts Used At Fashion Week

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…
Photography: Backstage Défilé CHANEL, Photos Benoît Peverelli
Sensibio H20 Micellar Water

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.

Wind Blown Dry Finishing Spray

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.

Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea

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.

Tinted Ultimate Red Balm

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.

Skin Food for Rough or Dry 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.

Extended Play Lash Mascara

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.

Antimatter Lipstick

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.

Prep And Prime Fix Spray

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.

Color Sensational Made For All Lipstick

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.

Lash Out Loud Mascara Wands

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.

BeautyBlender Sponge

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.

Le Gel Coat Longwear Top Coat

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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