Illamasqua, NARS, ghd... There are beauty brands you'll always spot in the kits of industry professionals while backstage at fashion week. There's a reason why they are beloved by top artists like Dominic Skinner and Sofia Schwarzkopf-Tilbury: the shade ranges are impressive, the formulas are on point and more importantly, the products – from foundation to liquid liner and hairspray – have the ability to last through sweaty backstage conditions, bright lights and hours on the catwalk. But if we've learned anything from snooping behind the scenes, it's that you don't have to spend a fortune to achieve model-worthy skin, hair and makeup. Ahead, find all the bargain beauty products and tools we spotted the pros using at LFW AW20, all under £10.
Spied backstage at
, Mario Badescu's cult facial mist drenches skin in dewy moisture, making it the perfect precursor to foundation, and alleviates any tautness with aloe vera.
Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs And Rosewater, $, available at
Depending on the look, artists apply
with both their hands and makeup brushes, so sanitiser is necessary. Spotted in makeup artist
's kit, this eliminates bacteria without stripping skin. Plus, it smells great.
Organic Hand Hygiene Spray, $, available at
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As seen backstage at
, these soft, skin-friendly wipes are great at whipping off makeup and starting again when you've made a mistake.
Pure Clean Wipes, $, available at
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We eyed up this lash glue at Richard Malone but it's used by makeup artists all over the globe. It adheres false lashes gently and allows for speedy, painless removal at the end of the day.
Striplash Eyelash Glue Clear White, $, available at
Hair at Pam Hogg was all about the drama, so lashings of shine spray was non-negotiable. This imparts
without making strands sticky or rock hard, and works on all hair types.
Shine Spray, $, available at
Gentle yet effective, we saw this micellar water at virtually every station backstage. It melts away makeup in seconds, including mascara, and doesn't leave skin feeling greasy or stripped.
Micellar Water Sensitive Skin, $, available at
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Avène's Eau Thermale soothes irritated skin, primes skin for makeup and sets foundation in place.
Soothing Thermal Spring Water Spray, $, available at
The original and the best, makeup artists at Richard Malone and Emilia Wickstead primed lips with a slick of Chapstick to prevent creasing and dryness before applying lipstick.
Original SPF 10, $, available at
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Backstage at Hanger AW19, lead hairstylist Anna Cofone at The Wall Group veiled hair in this super strong-hold hairspray to keep the gravity defying looks in place. It might be industrial strength, but it's easy to brush out.
Unleaded Skyscraper Hairspray, $, available at
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At JW Anderson, makeup artist Lynsey Alexander sculpted cheeks by swiping this under the cheekbones and blending it into skin with a fluffy brush. "It's not bronzing, it's invisible shading," she told R29.
Sculpting Touch Creamy Stick Contour, $, available at
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Yes, another sanitiser. But the alcohol-free credentials mean the foaming formula is kind on both skin and brushes.
Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer, $, available at
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At Ports 1961, Guido Palau spritzed Redken's Wind Blown 05 into the roots to achieve lived-in texture and volume while creating his effortless chignon bun.
Wind Blown Dry Finishing Spray (250ml), $, available at
Spied backstage at Rejina Pyo, this makeup sponge is a snip of the price of others, and blends makeup into the skin seamlessly. Just make sure it's slightly damp before you use it.
Hour Glass Blending Sponge, $, available at
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No-makeup makeup reigned supreme at JW Anderson, where MUA Lynsey Alexander patted lips with Kiko's Smart Fusion Lipstick in 401 (cashmere beige) and followed with shade 433 (light, rosy brown).
Smart Fusion Lipstick, $, available at
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This moisturiser smooths away parched patches and provides just the right amount of dewiness under foundation.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré 15ml, $, available at
This mascara lengthens and volumises in a single swipe. Thanks to the added vitamins and ceramides, it doesn't leave lashes crispy.
Voluminous Mascara, $, available at
Spied at Christopher Kane, Elnett is the hairspray all industry insiders swear by. It keeps hair in place without the crunch and is so easy to brush out.
Supreme Hold Hairspray, $, available at
This is proof you don't have to splash out on a good nail polish remover. It does the job of lifting off colour without drying out nails or making them go flaky.
Beauty Essentials Nail Polish Remover 250ml, $, available at
If your current micellar water just isn't cutting it, pick up this oil-infused version. MUA Pablo Rodriguez uses it to chip away at waterproof mascara, gel liner and matte lipstick. Give it a shake before use.
Micellar Water Oil Infused Facial Cleanser, $, available at
Models at Emilia Wickstead had their brows bleached with a touch of Jolen Creme Bleach. Always read the instructions and conduct a patch test before trying.
Cream Bleach Mild, $, available at
Spotted at lots of AW20 shows, makeup artists used this micellar water to sweep up mistakes and to chip away at heavy eyeliner.
MicellAIR Micellar Water for Sensitive Skin, $, available at
Parched lips and hands were treated to a touch of La Roche-Posay's soothing lotion complete with moisturising vitamin B5.
Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm, $, available at
We spied this lotion in so many kit bags. If you're working with waterproof makeup and happen to slip, a little touch on the end of a cotton bud works wonders to clean it up.
Body Lotion for Dry Skin Extra Rich Moisturising, $, available at
When models arrived backstage wearing a full face of makeup from a previous show, heaps of artists reached for this stuff. Spotted at Richard Malone, it cuts through heavy foundation and long-wear lipstick.
Micellar Water Normal/Dry Skin, $, available at
If Boots' own-brand cotton wool pads are good enough for international models, they're good enough for us. Soft, not scratchy, they won't leave your skin red raw.
Double Faced Round Cotton Wool Pads, $, available at
A staple in pretty much every makeup artist's kit, paw paw balm is the solution to ragged cuticles, chapped lips, rough elbows, frizz and flyaways. Slicked over eyeshadow, it makes for an expensive-looking glossy eye, too.
Original Balm, $, available at
Spotted backstage at Christopher Kane, makeup artists used this cult brush cleanser to remove product from brushes speedily.
Pump Brush Cleaner, $, available at
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