How Models Get Ready For Fashion Week

For most of us, Fashion Month means checking runway reports and forecasting next season's trends. But, for these 10 women, it's four long and busy weeks of castings, catwalks, and coffee. "It's survival of the fittest...literally," says model Drake Burnette. To deal with the madness, every model has her own set of backstage survival tactics, which help her get through the shows with her sanity fully intact (and, somehow, without a blemish in sight). 

We asked this season's hottest faces to dish on everything from their backstage besties to their favorite beauty secrets, to their go-to products. Ahead, get the top tips from our favorite showgirls. 
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Jessica Stam

Who is your backstage bestie?
"Missy Rayder."

What is your mandatory morning beverage?
"PG Tips tea."

What is your favorite juice/food pit stop?
"Liquiteria for a smoothie or Pressed Juicery for juice — they ship nationally."

During Fashion Month, what do you never leave the house without?
"A book. Right now, I'm reading The Secret History."

What do you use to rejuvenate your hair after a long day of heat-styling?
"The Oribe Gold Lust shampoo and conditioner. After that, I don't like to spend time styling my hair, and don't like to add anything that weighs it down, so I use very light moisturizing products. My favorites are Sally Hershberger Hair Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray, Revlon Professional Equave Hydro Nutritive Detangling Conditioner, and sometimes I just use Mario Badescu Facial Spray with aloe, herbs, and rosewater in my hair to tame any frizz. Phylia Fulphyl is the real magic tonic that keeps my hair healthy, long, and strong. I drink it every day, and it helps my hair grow despite the abuse it endures from bleach, heat, and excess of products."
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What do you use on your skin at night after a long day of constant makeup application?
"A couple drops of Pai BioRegenerate Oil blended with Antonia Burrell Cream Supreme Facial Moisturiser. Aurelia Eye Revitalising Duo for my eyes."

What is your best-kept beauty secret?
"Smile!"

What is your must-have Fashion Week beauty survival item?
"A great pair of Alaïa heels."

What is your between-shows snack?
"Homemade trail mix."

What beauty products are always in your travel bag when you fly?
"Kaia Bamboo Facial Cloths To Go Bag, Pai BioRegenerate Oil, Antonia Burrell Cream Supreme Facial Moisturiser, Aurelia Eye Revitalising Duo. I never travel with makeup on."

Do you wear perfume during the shows? If so, what's your current favorite?
"I always have a couple of perfumes on rotation, but right now my favorite is Tom Ford Velvet Orchid."

What is your post-show cleansing routine?
"I take nighttime showers, so my makeup comes off with soap and water. I prefer One Love Organics Easy Does It, which is a very gentle face and body foaming cleanser."
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Alana Zimmer

Who is your backstage bestie?
"I always hope that one of my friends — Jacquelyn Jablonski, Hanne Gaby, or Kasia Struss — will be backstage at the show I'm walking."


What is your mandatory morning beverage?
"At home, I usually make coffee. I have a Bialetti coffee press that I use almost every day. I like to add coconut or almond milk to it. If I'm in a rush, I normally stop at Juice Press to grab my favorite juice, Mother Earth."

What is your favorite juice/food pit stop?
"During Fashion Week, I like to keep it healthy so I normally stop at Juice Press. But, if I'm in Times Square, the easiest place to go is Pret a Manger.
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During Fashion Month, what do you never leave the house without?
"Makeup remover. I've been caught way too many times leaving a show with wild makeup on, and then having no choice but to walk around the city, completely painted. I've learned my lesson the hard way!
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What do you use to rejuvenate your hair after a long day of heat-styling?
"I use hair masks. I have one that I love from Christophe Robin, but if I'm in a hotel and am desperate, sometimes I'll just use olive oil. It really does the trick.
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What do you use on your skin at night after a long day of constant makeup application?
"I usually steam my face and use a mask. I have one that's super-quick from Estée Lauder. If I have time, though, I'll often make one. I add honey, avocado, oats, lemon, and apple-cider vinegar.
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What is your best-kept beauty secret?
"Living healthily — getting enough sleep and drinking plenty of water. My grandma never smoked or drank, and to this day has incredible skin. She's still a reminder to me that, unfortunately, we will all eventually get the face we deserve!
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What is your must-have Fashion Week beauty survival item?
"Bioderma's Crealine to remove makeup. It's hard to find in New York, so I try to stock up while I'm in Milan or Paris.

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What is your between-shows snack?
"Fruit or chocolate. I usually need a little sugar boost to keep me going.
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What beauty products are always in your travel bag when you fly?
"SK-II masks. They're the best for traveling, and I sometimes will even wear one on a plane. Embarrassing, I know."


Do you wear perfume during the shows? If so, what's your current favorite?
"I love the Rodin perfume and also anything by Guerlain.
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What is your post-show cleansing routine?
"I remove everything with Bioderma's Crealine. Then, I use [Thayers Original] Witch Hazel as a toner and jojoba oil as a moisturizer. During the winter, I need a little extra moisture so I use a cream from my favorite spa, Ling Skincare."

Bioderma Crealine H2O Micelle Solution, $26.90, available at YesStyle.
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Devon Windsor

Who is your backstage bestie?
"Gigi Hadid."

What is your mandatory morning beverage?
"Fresh-squeezed orange juice and a chai almond latte from The Bean."

What is your favorite juice/food pit stop?
"Liquiteria in New York has amazing juices, smoothies, and snacks!"

During Fashion Month, what do you never leave the house without?
"A protein bar for snacking, my iPad that has my portfolio on it, ChapStick, and sunglasses."

What do you use to rejuvenate your hair after a long day of heat-styling?
"I use Shu Uemura oils and leave-in conditioners, as well as Wella products."
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What do you use on your skin at night after a long day of constant makeup application?
"I like Chanel Hydra cream for everyday use, and if my skin is extra-dry, I use Skin Food."

What is your best-kept beauty secret?
"I love my Clarisonic, because it gets out all the dirt and oil from the day. I also hydrate my skin a lot using the same Chanel Hydra cream. Makeup-wise, my favorite thing I've been doing is [lining] the inside of [my] waterline with a cream[-colored] liner rather than black. It makes [my] eyes look brighter."

What is your must-have Fashion Week beauty survival item?
"I don't wear much makeup during Fashion Week, as designers like to see us bare-faced. But, my go-to product for after-show makeup removal is Bioderma. It's super-gentle, since our skin gets so much makeup put on and [taken] off! Also, my Bumble and bumble UV and heat protector for hair."

What is your between-shows snack?
"I love dried mango from Whole Foods, as well as protein bars from Special K and Luna. I also have chocolate in my bag at all times. I'm a chocoholic!"

What beauty products are always in your travel bag when you fly?
"Vaseline, hand cream, ChapStick, and Evian face spray."

Do you wear perfume during the shows? If so, what's your current favorite?
"I love perfume, so I have a bunch of different brands ranging from [Giorgio Armani] Acqua di Gioia to Chanel Chance."

What is your post-show cleansing routine?
"Bioderma, my Clarisonic, and Skin Food. If I'm really on top of it, I will take an Epsom-salt bath!"

Evian Mineral Water Spray Duo, $14, available at Sephora; Bioderma Crealine H2O Micelle Solution, $26.90, available at YesStyle.
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Kat Hessen

Who is your backstage bestie?
"Whoever wants to play 'hide the hairspray' with me."

What is your mandatory morning beverage?
"Two of my best mates run a bakery called Mandarina, which is down the street from our house in Xela, Guatemala. Their fresh smoothies [must be] made with some kind of drug, because they are so addictive!"

What is your favorite juice/food pit stop?
"When in New York, I try to make it by Maharlika in the East Village. This little Filipino place has the best chicken[-and-yam] waffles around, plus seasonal sangrias so treacherous they make you forget your own mother's maiden name."

During Fashion Month, what do you never leave the house without?
"I tend to treat any work-related event like a camping trip. [I bring] food, books, TP, a pillow, and something to start fires with. You'd be amazed at what events unfold in the early morning hours of a fashion-show fitting."

What do you use to rejuvenate your hair after a long day of heat-styling?
"In the cool of the evening, I'll smear on a good layer of Burt's Bees Avocado Butter hair mask, and dare my boyfriend to a little guacamole-themed role play."
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What do you use on your skin at night after a long day of constant makeup application?
"The only thing I use is Avène Cicalfate. Thick and creamy, full of delicious zinc, easy to come by...and now my choice of words make it sound like something inappropriate."

What is your best-kept beauty secret?
"This shouldn't be a secret: Try to forget what you look like. Preserve your body like you would any useful tool, and then spend the rest of your energy exploring the world. When beauty comes unaccompanied by content, it's like a shiny car without an engine — looking great, but going nowhere."

What is your must-have Fashion Week beauty survival item?
"A pocket knife. Get rid of those tight elastics before the 'ponytail facelift' becomes permanent — works well in other survival situations, too."

What is your between-shows snack?
"No moist, limp muesli bar can take the place of real food in my book. In Paris, I stuff my backpack full of cheese, crackers, grapes, charcuterie, and a good cheap red to share with my fellow 'coat hangers.'"

What beauty products are always in your travel bag when you fly?
"Toothbrush. I know I advocated internal beauty a few questions up, but nobody wants to lick your furry teeth. Not even your own tongue."

Do you wear perfume during the shows? If so, what's your current favorite?
"I'm too lazy to bother with perfume, so I'll awkwardly rub up against a heavily sprayed fellow model for a minute or two at my first show of the day. In Milan, I just get in the car with my driver and instantly smell of 'Eau d'Italian Man.'"

What is your post-show cleansing routine?
"Getting on my motorbike and riding until I can't hear the sound of hair dryers anymore."
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Grace Mahary

Who is your backstage bestie?
"Too many to list!"

What is your mandatory morning beverage?
"Glen rooibos tea from South Africa. I ask anyone I know traveling from there to bring me back a fresh stash."

What is your favorite juice/food pit stop?
"Ellary's Greens or Hu Kitchen."

During Fashion Month, what do you never leave the house without?
"My phone, lip balm, and a positive attitude."

What do you use to rejuvenate your hair after a long day of heat-styling?
"Argan oil and Kérastase Résistance products, especially after washing."
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What do you use on your skin at night after a long day of constant makeup application?
"Coconut oil."

What is your best-kept beauty secret?
"Grape-seed extract makes my skin glow. My mother gave me a package of grape-seed supplements to take as part of my daily vitamins, and I realized [they were] making my skin and face more luminous. If there's no grape-seed extract around, I opt for a glass of white wine — somehow, it does the same trick with room for spontaneity."

What is your must-have Fashion Week beauty survival item?
"Bioderma and Chanel eye-makeup removers. I find them the most gentle on my skin for makeup removal."

What is your between-shows snack?
"Trail mix, fruit, or a bar (Lara, Kind, etc.)."

What beauty products are always in your travel bag when you fly?
"Chanel mascara, Embryolisse face moisturizer, and lip balm."

Do you wear perfume during the shows? If so, what's your current favorite?
"I do, and rotate between Euphoria by Calvin Klein [and] Code by Armani."

What is your post-show cleansing routine?
"Hop on a flight to somewhere warm, and enjoy the freshest produce!"

Bioderma Crealine H2O Micelle Solution, $26.90, available at YesStyle; Chanel Gentle Bi-Phase Eye Makeup Remover, $34, available at Chanel.
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Drake Burnette

Who is your backstage bestie?
"Catherine McNeil."

What is your mandatory morning beverage?
"An Americano from Saturdays West Village or Grumpy’s on Essex."

What is your favorite juice/food pit stop?
"Dimes in Chinatown or Integral Yoga Institute NYC (it's a health-food store) on West 13th."

During Fashion Month, what do you never leave the house without?
"A Mason Pearson hair brush and The New Yorker magazine."

What do you use to rejuvenate your hair after a long day of heat-styling?
"John Masters Organics Lavender and Avocado Intensive Conditioner."
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What do you use on your skin at night after a long day of constant makeup application?
"Any and all Sunday Riley skin products, especially the Juno oil."

What is your best-kept beauty secret?
"Weleda Skin Food. Weleda is an all-natural line made in Germany, and it was carried at my school store when I was growing up — so I’ve been using it forever. It may be the reason people think I’m 19 when I’m actually 29! I see a lot of makeup artists using it now for highlights on the face; it makes the skin look and feel quite lush."

What is your must-have Fashion Week beauty survival item?
"Bioderma makeup remover and Weleda Skin Food."

What is your between-shows snack?
"Something boring and depressing, like almonds or a tiny sandwich that has been sitting on a catering table for god knows how long."

What beauty products are always in your travel bag when you fly?
"Weleda Skin Food and a Mason Pearson hair brush. Essential oils, like Clary Sage and Neroli."

Do you wear perfume during the shows? If so, what's your current favorite?
"Nope."

What is your post-show cleansing routine?
"I take a shower to expel the many layers of product in my hair. Then, the shower turns into a bath, in which I toss whatever essential oils are laying around, and then I stay in until I am bored and ready to get out."

Bioderma Crealine H2O Micelle Solution, $26.90, available at YesStyle; Weleda Skin Food, $19, available at Weleda.
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Herieth Paul

Who is your backstage bestie?
"Fruit Ninja. I'm always on my phone."


What is your mandatory morning beverage?
"In the morning, I have a green juice from BluePrintCleanse."

What is your favorite juice/food pit stop?
"I love going to The Butcher's Daughter."

During Fashion Month, what do you never leave the house without?
"A vintage necklace with a picture of my mom inside it."

What do you use to rejuvenate your hair after a long day of heat-styling?
"I use shea butter. It does the trick and leaves my hair rejuvenated."
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What do you use on your skin at night after a long day of constant makeup application?
"Calming rice powder from Tatcha."

What is your best-kept beauty secret?
"Whenever I have a sun spot or a scar on my face, I apply red lipstick, and then I apply concealer, and blend [them] together. It covers the spots really well."

What is your must-have Fashion Week beauty survival item?
"Evian facial spray, to keep me hydrated."

What is your between-shows snack?
"Kind granola bar — the one with the little raisins."

What beauty products are always in your travel bag when you fly?
"My Ling moisture mask, my Evian facial spray, and Maybelline Baby Lips."


Do you wear perfume during the shows? If so, what's your current favorite?
"Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf. It's the bomb."

What is your post-show cleansing routine?
"Facial. Juice cleanse. Vacation."
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JiHye Park

Who is your backstage bestie?
"Fei Fei Sun, Sunghee Kim, and Soo Joo Park!"

What is your mandatory morning beverage?
"Sometimes, I drink a Perrier sparkling water in the morning — it helps wake me up!"

What is your favorite juice/food pit stop?
"I drink a cup of coffee every day! One of my favorite coffee shops is Stumptown Coffee at the Ace Hotel. When I'm around the area, I always have to stop by to get coffee because they have the BEST cappuccino. If you get it just once, you will fall in love!"

During Fashion Month, what do you never leave the house without?
"I bought this little mirror while I was in Seoul; it's tiny and has a very traditional look to it. I always check my face and hair with this tiny mirror before I go in and meet the client or while I'm backstage."

What do you use to rejuvenate your hair after a long day of heat-styling?
"I'm used to washing my hair with a deep treatment about twice each week. Doing so continually makes my hair very healthy and glossy."
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What do you use on your skin at night after a long day of constant makeup application?
"I usually put a facial mask on before bed a few times a week. If my skin is feeling sensitive, I like to put an aloe gel on my face. It's a good way for soothing damaged, burned, and sensitive skin."

What is your best-kept beauty secret?
"For me, the most important thing is what I eat. For example, if I ate a lot of fast food, cookies, or drank a lot of alcohol every day, my skin would be very bad! That's why eating healthy food and fruits is my best-kept beauty secret. I also like scrubbing my skin once a week with Origins Modern Friction to brighten it. And, it's important to exercise to keep your skin and body looking great!"

What is your must-have Fashion Week beauty survival item?
"I like to take good care of my skin; it's my number-one priority during Fashion Week. So, instead of makeup products, I look for on-the-go beauty products, like Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Mist or [its] BB cream."

What is your between-shows snack?
"Granola bars or organic almonds."

What beauty products are always in your travel bag when you fly?
"Avène facial mist! I always feel like I'm dry when I'm flying, so I spray a mist to keep my skin hydrated."

Do you wear perfume during the shows? If so, what's your current favorite?
"Hermès Jour d'Hermès or Un Jardin Sur le Nil. I'm using both right now!"

What is your post-show cleansing routine?
"First, I find an eye-makeup remover and use cotton pads to remove eyeliner, shadow, and mascara. Then, I like to use Bioderma to take the rest of my makeup off, since it's very easy to use and it quickly removes makeup from the face and lips. After I'm done removing my makeup, I always use a great moisturizer to keep my skin looking fresh."
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Magdalena Jasek

Who is your backstage bestie?
"Maja Salamon."

What is your mandatory morning beverage?
"Milk! In New York, I'm always buying Organic Valley 1% milk."

What is your favorite juice/food pit stop?
"Whole Foods; they have everything!"

During Fashion Month, what do you never leave the house without?
"Chewing gum, which I bring with me from Poland."

What do you use to rejuvenate your hair after a long day of heat styling?
"Redken shampoo and conditioner, plus Butter Silk to keep my red hair looking healthy."
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What do you use on your skin at night after a long day of constant makeup application?
"I use a lot of Oceanic products, which are from Poland. I love the night cream!"

What is your best-kept beauty secret?
"I don't really have one — just eating healthy and taking care of your body also from the inside."

What is your must-have Fashion Week beauty survival item?
"Concealer, for all those nights I'm not getting enough sleep!"

What is your between-shows snack?
"Almonds, fruits, and Evolution fruit and nut bars."

What beauty products are always in your travel bag when you fly?
"Lip balm and hand cream from L'Occitane."

Do you wear perfume during the shows? If so, what's your current favorite?
"Not always, but if I do then I use Manifesto by Yves Saint Laurent."

What is your post-show cleansing routine?
"Not wearing makeup at all for the next few months — only for photo shoots!"
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Mina Cvetkovic

Who is your backstage bestie?
"Depends who's there. I have a large circle of Fashion Week friends. We all see each other so much that it’s a large group!"

What is your mandatory morning beverage?
"It's definitely coffee — I have a Nespresso machine at home, and I love it!"

What is your favorite juice/food pit stop?
"Juice Press is always a good option."

During Fashion Month, what do you never leave the house without?
"My phone, of course. You cannot survive without it! Everything else, I can manage without."

What do you use to rejuvenate your hair after a long day of heat-styling?
"Shampoo and [deep-conditioning] treatment. I try to air-dry instead of using a blowdryer."
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What do you use on your skin at night after a long day of constant makeup application?
"I got this cream I buy back in Serbia called panthenol — it’s my number one for keeping my skin in good condition during Fashion Month."

What is your best-kept beauty secret?
"It's not a secret, but SLEEP is the best way to keep glowing and healthy."

What is your must-have Fashion Week beauty survival item?
"YSL's Touche Éclat will help out with any imperfections."

What is your between-shows snack?
"Anything I feel at that moment — can be from fruits to Snickers; it really depends on how the day is going. I try to go for healthy choices, but sometimes I give in to my sweet-tooth cravings."

What beauty products are always in your travel bag when you fly?
"I always have to take shower oil for showers! Makes your skin so much smoother and silkier than gel.
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Do you wear perfume during the shows? If so, what's your current favorite?
"I do: Bulgari Jasmin Noir."

What is your post-show cleansing routine?
"Lots of sleep and getting back to a normal routine — working out and eating home-cooked food."
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