During fashion weeks, beauty editors have to travel from London to New York back to London before heading to Milan and Paris. That's four cities in as many weeks. Not only that, but they're running from one hot, cramped backstage environment to another. All in all, it's enough to take its toll on anyone's complexion and well-being. While backstage, waiting to be talked through one of the makeup looks (we couldn't say which show, it's all such a blur), we asked the industry's beauty editors to share the hardworking products that help get them through. Keep scrolling for the beauty and health products you need to call on during your busiest times.
If I want my makeup to stay in place all day, I reach for this—when I wear it I never have to stop for touch-ups.
This matte red lipstick stays put all day. It also makes the whites of my eyes look whiter, which helps me look more awake.
For cool-girl hair, I turn to this Oribe spray; it gives hair texture, and, being mattifying, it doubles as a dry shampoo.
This might sound OCD, but with all the rushing around I do during fashion weeks, I don't want to catch fashion flu, so I always carry this antibac spray.
I have a very shiny face even when I'm not in a room full of hairdryers, so I lean on these blotting papers. They take up barely any space in my handbag but mop up all the oil.
I love this handy lip and cheek tint, it's really moisturising and who doesn't love a multipurpose product?
As I said, I get shiny. This powder is lightweight and doesn't make my complexion powdery white.
This is my go-to lipstick for when I feel tired. I figure everyone's focus will be on my lips not my eye bags.
I use this under my eyes, it gives good coverage but isn't cakey or chalky.
This mascara is seriously impressive at faking a wide-awake look—it's like false lashes without the faff.
After a long day when my skin looks super dry and dull, I use this mask. It gives a moisture boost and the effects last well into the next day—I don't have to wear as much foundation the morning after applying this.
I rely on these sachets of powdered vitamin C that I add to water to give my energy and immunity a boost; plus having to drink that extra glass of water is hydrating too.
When it's cold outside, and I'm talking lots, in and out of shows and only drinking water when I can squeeze it in, I have to rely on a good balm; this one rehydrates my lips and is a great base for lipstick—it's not too shiny or sticky.
These pods contain two masks, one per eye. Containing seaweed and mud, they lift and tighten to give immediate results, which is just what I need after a day of back-to-back shows. For dehydrated and crinkly eyes—it zips them up nicely!
This tiny brush gets to the smallest lashes. If you really wiggle it in to your roots and inner corners you'll look more awake. And right now it's all about looking awake!
I love this! With wild mint and mandarin, it gives you an instant hit of energy.
I have an oily/combination skin type, and although I really like a dewy-looking complexion during fashion week, I use a foundation with a more matte finish so I don't have to keep an eagle eye on the shininess of my T-zone quite so much—the models make for far more interesting viewing.
I'm about to get real with you, I perspire (don't we all?), but more so when I'm rushed off my feet and heading into hot backstages and back out onto cold London streets. This is the best deodorant I have ever used.
Multipurpose makes sense when it comes to makeup, I can't cart a truckload of cosmetics around with me like I do usually (honestly my handbag is all makeup). This does what it says on the tin, it can be used for everything: lips, cheeks and eyes. You can't write with it though.
Made from 100% grape, this refreshing mist offers a hit of instant hydration, which is great when your skin feels hot and sticky after travelling on London transport or being stuck in a centrally heated space.
What are the beauty products you rely on? Share your favourites in the comment box below.