What Products Are Makeup Artists REALLY Using Backstage?

New York Fashion Week for makeup artists is a bit like the Olympics for professional athletes. It requires speed (40 models in four hours!), agility, precision and a set of truly outstanding, high-performance products. When it comes to showtime, makeup artists only trust the best backstage. Here’s what they’re really using to give models the most gorgeous looks for the Spring/Summer 2016 runways.

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Kat Burki Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream ($90)

For glowing skin at the Zimmermann show, makeup artists warmed up a dime-size dollop of this face cream and massaged it into skin. The cream helps to brighten complexion, hydrate and nourish skin with a non-greasy finish that allows makeup to glide over effortlessly. 


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Temptu Airpod Bronzer ($45)

For a beautifully contoured face, makeup artists at the Max Azria show used TEMPTU Air to apply TEMPTU Airpod Highlighter in Champagne around each model’s orbital bone and TEMPTU Airpod Bronzer in Warm Glow along their cheekbones, giving a skin-perfecting finish that stood up to the most high-def cameras.

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Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer ($48)

For a full-coverage, yet naturally flawless complexion at Lela Rose, artists applied Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer evenly across the models' faces. The product acts as both a concealer and foundation, instantly perfecting blemishes with build-able in coverage allowing artists to customize the amount needed for each individual. 

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Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Vermillion Red ($28)

Clear skin with luxurious lips dictated the feminine-yet-strong beauty look at the Jenny Packham show. For a universally flattering bold crimson, artists applied this lip color in Vermillion Red.


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MAC Cosmetics Pro Hi-Def Chromagraphic Pencil in Cyan ($16.50)

The most stand-out trend for spring is blue eye makeup. From cyan to turquoise, shades of azure were seen coming down the runway show after show. At Monique Lhuillier, this eye pencil was applied as an eyeliner, graduating from a thin line through the inner corner to a thick line through the outer corner.


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Maybelline New York DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer ($8)

Youthful and fresh skin with a “barely made up” finish never goes out of style. At the Jason Wu show, artists used this concealer under the eyes in place of heavy concealer or foundation to brighten skin and minimize shadows.


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NARS Audacious Mascara ($26)

At the Mansur Gavriel show, upper and lower lashes were key to achieving the Twiggy-inspired eye look. This new NARS mascara was the makeup artists' go-to for intense definition and long-wearing staying power. 

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Maybelline Baby Lips in Quenched ($4)

Prepping lips with this cult-classic product is a given, but backstage at Jonathan Simkhai, artists were reaching for this stick for a completely different reason. To achieve a modern eye look, makeup artists patted eyelids and brows with the clear balm for a dewy finish that highlights the feature. 

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Dr Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water ($32)

Many artists would argue that one of the important products in their backstage arsenal is makeup remover. At Opening Ceremony, artists reached for Dr Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water to take off any traces of remnant makeup and excess oil. In addition, the pure cleansing water helps to tone and brighten skin for a radiant and natural complexion.

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