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London Fashion Week: What’s really in the stylist’s toolkits?

Posted on 19th February 2016 by PROinsider
London is buzzing with beautiful girls, bloggers are carefully constructing their FROW outfits, and hair stylists, MUAs and nail technicians are getting their kit bags ready; it can only be London Fashion Week. Backstage can be full-on and styles can change last minute, so it’s important that every stylist is prepared to take on everything that’s thrown at them. PRO Insider spoke to the Fashion Week veterans and asked them to reveal their go-to tools when it comes to coping with backstage mayhem creativity.

Matthew Curtis, hair stylist and a regular at NYFW
“I’ve been leading hair teams at New York Fashion Week for the past eight seasons; my kit bag needs to ensure that I can plan for every designer’s hair requirements.  My go-to product would have to be a soft bristled brush, to create a subtle backcombing effect, or a high-shine finish for when hair is loose and wavy. It’s great for quick style changes, too.”
Try: Kent Narrow Smoothing Pure Bristle Brush, White

Katie Heneghan, from Katie Jane Nails within Hair by JFK, Edinburgh

“One toolkit essential I can never live without would be my Beauty Secrets Cuticle Oil – I carry one everywhere with me! It’s a great lightweight and non-greasy product – perfect for models’ nails to keep them looking healthy and professional. It banishes cracked, dry and broken cuticles and contains vitamin E, which is amazing at repairing damaged cuticles – a common problem amongst models during Fashion Week.”
Try: Beauty Secrets Cuticle Oil in Cherry Blossom

Jason Collier, celebrity and session stylist and director at Smooth You Town Spa, London
“My essential Fashion Week tool would have to be my butterfly section clips. You can never have too many, and they always come in handy when straightening or curling hair. From styling beachy waves to sleek up-dos, they make my life so much easier and are perfect when working in a fast-paced environment like Fashion Week.”
Try: Small Butterfly Clamps

Denise Rabor, international make-up artist and founder of WOW Beauty
“I always make sure I have a bottle of Palmer’s Shea Butter Formula Moisturising Lotion in my kit – it’s my must-have product when working backstage. Every make-up artist needs a great moisturiser that’s suitable for all skin types. Its shea butter and marula content improves elasticity, boosts radiance and helps balance skin tone, which is essential if a model’s skin is sensitive.”
Try: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion

Luke Benson, hair stylist and art director at D&J Ambrose
"Choosing just one favourite tool is very difficult, but it’s key to have an amazing dressing brush (I'm a huge fan of Japanese brushes); they’re particularly useful when working with long hair and extensions."
Try: Salon’s Pink Dress Out Brush Pink


Robbie Tomkins, session nail technician
“Baby wipes are an absolute kit-bag essential, especially for the late afternoon shows. Unfortunately, models often have to walk in shoes that are too big or painfully small, which results in chaffing and blisters. Models love it when I wrap their feet in a few wipes as, it not only freshens but soothes any aches – a welcome relief in their hectic schedules.”
Try: Cherish Ageless Cleansing Wipes

Mark Woolley, creative director and founder of Electric
“It's important that you pack carefully to maximise what you can do in short amounts of time. My essentials allow me to prep the hair quickly, making it ready for quick styling and touch-ups between shows. A good, dry-fixing hair spray to hold the hair in place is my must-have. I always choose one that’s quick to dry, as I don’t have a lot of time!”
Try: Amika Touchable Hairspray 335ml 

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