backstage confidential

the behind-the-scenes beauty pros share the one product they favor above all.

by ali hoffman

There is an ongoing joke in our office that NYLON moonlights as a beauty retailer. New products magically appear on our desks throughout the course of a day, and we never mind taking a quick break from whatever we're working on to go test out the latest in powders/cream/stains/glosses.

But even though we've tried more products than most do in a lifetime, our level of expertise is incomparable to makeup and hair professionals- particularly when asked to pick our absolute can't-live-without favorite.

So what better opportunity to talk shop with the best in the beauty biz than backstage at Fashion Week? With no time for chit-chat, we made it our mission to ask every makeup, hair, and nail expert what single product they couldn't imagine facing spring '13 without. We've roundup their picks below, complete with links to purchase (because unfortunately we don't moonlight as a beauty store).


Tina Turnbow for NYX Cosmetics at Erickson Beamon

"I'm loving these Jumbo Eye Pencils by NYX. I did a show with them last season, at Imitation, and I fell in love with them. And I've been using them ever since!"


Sarah Potempa for Aussie at Erickson Beamon

"Because I'm blonde, I'm really into deep conditioning my hair. So I use 3 Minute Miracle all the time, because something that's heavier you can only use once a week, and I like to do it three times a week- because now girls are using so many styling tools, they need to just moisturize and condition."

Pearson Knight for Aveda at Boy By Band Of Outsiders

"I really like basing the foundation with a texture product, and with Aveda's Volumizing Tonic I really love the texture you get and the response from the hair. If you mist hair from root to ends it gives it a light grit."

Odile Gilbert for Kerastase at Erin Fetherston

"I'm obsessed with Kerastase's mask and conditioner. Obsessed because I love to treat my hair, you know, take care of myself. It's all about treatment--I love treatments."


Jane Park, founder of Julep, at Katie Gallagher

"You know, I'm not saying this just because we're using it here, but it is Sienna--I'm wearing it under my glitter top coat. I find that it's just really easy to apply--metallics tend to dry faster, so when you're running and on-the-go, it's an elegant look that goes with everything."

Simcha Whitehill for Color Club at Erickson Beamon

"So I always default to red, but we did a special color for Charlotte Ronson's show called Seaside Surf--to die! Like, I want to wear that all the time.  But right now my toes, I actually have gold leaf on my toes. We have gold foil flakes at Color Club."


Tom Pecheux for MAC at Peter Som

There's two things that I like: Advanced Night Repair from Estée Lauder—I try to put it on every night. There's a toner from Biologique Recherche called P50V. They have great products with no perfume in them."