The Beauty at This Year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Was All About Skin Care
Here's how the models prepped their skin for the show—and the products they can't live without.
In case you missed it, last night marked one of the biggest beauty and fashion spectacles of the year: The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. While you can always expect glowy skin and bombshell waves at the VSFS, this year, the focus was heavy on skin care-both in the backstage skin prep and in the care the Angels took in the weeks leading up to the show. (Tons of water, cutting out alcohol to prevent breakouts, and every kind of facial you can imagine are common themes in their pre-runway beauty routines.)
As legendary makeup artist and official partner for the show, Charlotte Tilbury, explained in the press release, this year's beauty goal was a fresh, natural look "inspired by the healthy, happy, naturally flawless beauty look of Gisele [Bündchen]." Models' skin was prepped with Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Magic Dry Sheer Facial Masks-which contain vitamin B3 and peptides to nourish skin; Charlotte's Magic Cream-a hyaluronic acid cream with vitamin C to brighten and hydrate; Wonderglow Face Primer with hyaluronic acid to give skin a dewy glow and prep for foundation; and her Magic Eye Rescue Cream, which releases retinol molecules hour by hour. That's before a stitch of foundation or bronzer was ever applied.
Here, we asked the models for the must-have skin products they always have in their makeup bags.
"The skin-care product I always have on me is Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Drops." Created by the famous derm of the same name (whose vampire facials Bella Hadid swears by), these drops-formulated with anti-aging compounds to help hydrate skin and refine pores-were a favorite of several VS angels for getting that pre-runway glow.
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"My number-one beauty product is the Night Repair Serum by Estée Lauder. It helps my skin feel happy." The serum is designed to help uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, and dryness while you sleep.
Buy it: $98, sephora.com
"I always have my Mario Badescu lip balm. It saves the day for dry lips." Formulated with a blend of coconut butter, shea butter, and vitamin E, the balm is perfect for soothing chapped lips pre-bedtime or before applying lipstick.
Buy it: $8, ulta.com
"The product that I currently cannot live without is this Mimi Luzon Retinol Cream. It's super hydrating without being greasy or heavy and it can go from summer to winter." Created by a celeb esthetician, the rich retinol night cream helps exfoliate dead skin cells while you sleep-and encourages collagen production.
Buy it: $200, revolve.com
"One product I will never travel without is Weleda Skin Food. I use it when my skin is super dry and it's also amazing as a lip balm and a moisturizing eye cream. Another trick is that I use it as highlighter. Since it's very reflective, it gives my skin a beautiful glow on my cheek bones."
Buy it: $19, dermstore.com
"The one thing I cannot live without is Colleen Rothschild's beauty water. Any time I feel dry, I spritz it all over for a glow." The skin pick-me-up in a bottle contains coconut water, hyaluronic acid, cucumber extract to help boost moisture under your makeup.
Buy it: $28, neimanmarcus.com
"I just got into Dr. Barbara Sturm's products. I went to see her, and she gave me a 'vampire facial' and a cream made from my own blood, which I think is just crazy, but it works." While the cream made from your own blood will run you $1,400, she also makes an anti-aging antioxidant face cream for a fraction of the cost of the OG blood cream many of the VS models use.
Buy it: $215, neimanmarcus.com
"The one beauty product I can't live without is Aquaphor. I use it for everything-my face if its dry, my lips, anything." The multipurpose ointment can also be used to seal split ends, to remove makeup, and to tame eyebrows-to name just a few of its many uses.
Buy it: $13, ulta.com