Fashion Week purse essentials

Fashion Week purse essentials

Front row beauty

Text: Sandy Young

The best multi-tasking products and beauty hacks to keep you fresh faced in the front row

This week, the SS16 shows are wrapping up in Milan and moving on to Paris: each city is influxed with a moveable feast of models, designers, makeup artists, photographers, buyers, journalists, and style bloggers. Undoubtedly, fashion week is hard work for everyone involved — jet-lag, fashion fatigue or champagne hangovers are aplenty. Here's how to survive the season unruffled, and come out looking camera worthy.

SK-II Mid-Day Miracle Essence is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up when the queue for that chai latte is too long. Enriched with Pitera, this ultra-fine mist penetrates through makeup to replenish the skin's moisture and radiance. Mist over the face to refresh your complexion during the day, or use it to prep skin before base makeup for enduring hydration.

Pro-tip: It also doubles as a setting spray to help your foundation or powder look just like real skin.

Sk-II Mid-Day Miracle Essence, $89

This exquisite, limited-edition eyeshadow palette from Chanel champions a modern interpretation of a classic, nude smoky eye. Les 5 Ombres de Chanel in Entrelacs is a complete multi-tasker with a collection of hues from light to deep, satin to matte in an embossed design for eyeliner, brow powder, and even an-all over highlighting product.

Pro-tip: Use the darkest shade to create a smudged winged liner, mix the medium taupe and brown shades for brow definition, and the ivory or shell pink to illuminate the brow bone and the highest points of the cheeks.

Chanel Entrelacs

Undoubtedly a game-changer for any beauty routine, the latest offering from Korea's luxury skincare brand Sulwhasoo is the Perfecting Cushion Brightening. This redefines base makeup. This cushion foundation dresses the skin in a veil of radiance plus it has SPF and brightening benefits to protect your skin when you're outdoors. Achieve dewy, luminous skin with a simple patting motion — the key is to pat, never swipe  — using the encased sponge for a satiny finish.

Pro-tip: This cab-friendly cushion foundation also effectively acts as concealer and eyeshadow primer for your pre-show prep.

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightnening, $80

Even if you're not a fan of gradient lips, Laneige Two-Toned Lip Bar in Red Blossom is a fuss-free way to transform your look from decidedly daytime to cocktail appropriate. Pair effortless nude lips with the peachy half for the day, and opt for the bolder red in the bullet to perfect your after-party face in seconds.

Pro-tip: Don't have blusher on you? Apply a few dots of lipstick on your cheeks and blend with fingers for a DIY cream blusher.

Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar in Red Blossom, $34

Tailor your scent to create a long-time signature by mastering the art of fragrance combining with Jo Malone. The house's most recent scent, Mimosa & Cardamom, pairs beautifully with a classic such as Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne. For purists, layer your signature scent with its eponymous body crème, such as Peony & Blush Suede Body Crème, to curate your own bespoke fragrance and prolong its wear.

Pro-tip: Decant this dream cream into a travel-sized jar to apply on cuticles, smooth flyways or add texture and hold to a messy chignon.

Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom Cologne