17 March 2009

Backstage beauty secrets that'll cost you less than £10!

Dsquared

Thought Fashion Week was all about out-of-this-world expensive clothes and over-the-top make-up? Well, think again. After four weeks on the fashion trail, we've picked up some genius beauty tips from backstage that models and make-up artists swear by, but which will set you back less than a tenner. Listen and learn, ladies!

Catwalk make-up maestro Pat McGrath let us in on her trick to getting this season's perfect 'natural lip'. 'I swear by the moisturising top coat that comes with Max Factor Lipfinity [£9.76]. It's on just the right side of shiny and is really hydrating, I even use it on myself!'

Want to know the secret behind hair guru Sam McKnight's glamour-grunge hair at this season's DSquared show? It's all down to Mousse – Pantene Pro V Sheer Volume Body Boost Mousse, £2.92, to be precise! 'I worked it into hair before rough blow-drying to get that undone, natural, Kate Moss kind of texture and volume.'

Talk about credit-crunch beauty! We spotted two major make-up artists – Charlotte Tilbury at Jenny Packham and Sam Bryant at Margaret Howell – using pink lipstick as blusher as well as on lips. Barry M Lip-paint in Baby Pink, £4.95, is our lippy of choice right now.

Love the Iceberg top knot as much we do? Well, you'll be pleased to know the only styling tool you'll need is the cheaper-than-cheap Kirby grip. Arm yourself with four and use them to pin your ponytail into place. The backstage favourite is Superdrug Kirby Grips, from £1.99. Seriously.

Hair serum on legs! No, we're not joking! We spotted make-up teams at several major shows slathering models' legs in serum before they hit the runways for maximum leg shine and length. The brand of choice was annoyingly hidden from us but we can highly recommend Lee Stafford Bling For Blondes Glossing Glimmer Serum, £5.86. Not that we've tried them all, or anything...

- Liz Hambleton


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