Backstage All-Stars: The Beauty Products The Pros Can't Live Without

Every Fashion Week, makeup, hair and nail pros work with fashion designers to churn out inspired, inventive beauty looks, usually with the help of products from a sponsor. However, any stylist worth their weight in Beautyblenders knows that there are certain products that are absolutely necessary to have backstage at any fashion show or beauty shoot. These are the products that you'll see backstage again and again — no matter what the look or concept, they're the tried and true tools that get the pros (and they models they work with!) through the Fashion Week whirlwind.
Here, the beauty products that you'd have to steal out of the pros' cold, dead hands, from Weleda Skin Food to the Shu Uemura lash curler — if you don't have these in your arsenal yet, may we give you permission to stock up?
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Especially at winter shows, models tend to turn up backstage with seriously dehydrated, rough skin. The solution? This crazy-thick, all-natural cream, that makeup artists rely on to prep models' complexions without any risk of irritating sensitive skin.

Weleda Skin Food, $18, available at
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Both models and pros swear by this one. Back-to-back fashion shows mean that makeup needs to be continually applied and removed, and for this task, there's nothing like this French product, which is as gentle as water but provices a thorough clean.

Bioderma Crealine H20, $48, available at New London Pharmacy.
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For any kind of dewy makeup look, a spring water spray like this one by Avene is non-negotiable. Used either before or after makeup application, it adds a sheen without any residue, giving the girls that "model glow" that seems so unattainable to us mere mortals.

Avene Thermal Spring Water, $16, available at DermStore.
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And, of course, there's Elnett. By now, you know that this product is an absolute must-have for just about every hairstylist out there. Stylists previously had to travel to Paris to stock up, but now thankfully, this good-hair-day-in-a-bottle is available at drugstores nationwide.

L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray, $13, available at Bigelow Chemists.
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This lash curler is de rigueur in pros' kits, and for good reason — we once strayed for a lesser version, only to end up pinching our eyelids every. Single. Morning. Learn from our mistakes and get yourself one of these guys; seriously, nothing else compares.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $20, available at Shu Uemura.
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So, you probably do have at least one of these gold-standard salves in your makeup kit, but just in case you haven't experienced the wonders of this classic, let us convince you: Almost every makeup artist we've met counts it among her must-haves. Whether it's used as a lip balm, a cheek shine, or an eyelid gloss, this multi-purpose balm has earned its place among the beauty elite.

Smith's Rosebud Salve, $5.59, available at
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Along with Bioderma Crealine, these facial wipes are another way that models clear their mugs of the last show's makeup in a jiff. We love that they're moister than most brands, so it takes less rubbing to remove even the most stubborn of mascaras. Plus, less rubbing means less irritation — win!

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes, $5.99, available at
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You know that insanely perfect, velevety finish that all models seem to have on their skin? Well, more likely than not, their beautiful foundation is thanks to this little hot pink egg. This little sponge blends foundation like nobody's business, ensuring that you get even, perfect coverage with no creasing or caking (bonus points if you dampen the sponge first!).

Beautyblender Makeup Sponge, $19.95, available at Sephora.
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When models show up backstage super-stressed (which, in our experience, is very common over the course of the week), artists will massage this homeopathic, all-natural face cream onto the models' faces, necks and decolletes. The soothing texture and relaxing scent ensures that the models are getting their aromatherapy in while also getting their pretty on.

Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream, $42.95, available at
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Trendy, fancy mascaras may come and go, but one all-star remains evergreen in artists' kits: L'Oréal Original Voluminous. The formula is dark and dramatic enough to create a fabulous fringe, but the fluid formula means that artists can build the product over multiple coats without risking clumps.

L'Oréal Original Voluminous Mascara, $8, available at Sears.

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