There’s no need to ask about the beauty inspiration backstage at Victoria’s Secret—you only have to glance left and right. At the fashion show that showcases the most gorgeous girls in the world, “you don’t have to do a lot to make them look good,” said makeup lead Dick Page. But you still have to do something, so stock up on the five most ubiquitous products spotted at the hair and makeup stations and you’ll be glowing like an Angel in no time.
1) Kryolan Aquacolor in 079: “This red cream is the key [product] for me. It’s a theatrical makeup colour and very transparent but still vivid—a little goes a long way,” said Dick Page, who tapped it on with his fingers and blended it out across the cheeks before applying an ultralight layer of foundation around it.
2) Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Mist: “We tweaked the highlights a little bit around the eye [this year]. We still have this flash of highlight, but I ran it underneath the eye as well,” said Page. For most models, that was all it took to look bright-eyed (being giddy with excitement to walk in the year’s biggest show helps, too): “I’m having a running battle with the invasion of eyelash extensions, which I’m trying to avoid. I’m trying to avoid doing lashes at all, actually,” said Page.
3) Victoria’s Secret Kissaholic Lip Gloss in Sigh: “The lip tone is gentle, but it’s a gone a little bit more cool,” said Page of the glossy sheer taupey-pink shade. “It’s mostly about maintaining the transparency and lightness of things.”
4) Sarah Potempa Beachwaver Pro: Potempa used her signature waving wand to give the hair “a lot of movement and a second-day, lived-in feel.” She took a medium-sized section, clipped the Beachwaver a couple inches above the ends and tapped the button (you can choose whether the wand rotates to the left or right) so the section wrapped away from the face. Once she got to the midway point, she unwrapped the hair and let it relax before repeating the same step, only starting higher up the section. “That way, there are two different versions of the wave: One is kind of a perfect one and the other is flatter.”
5) Victoria’s Secret Ultimate Hairspray: Spraying hairspray all over the head to set waves is so outdated. Instead, Potempa sprayed a nylon-and-boar brush with hairspray and brushed through from ear level to the ends.