The Drugstore Products Spotted Backstage at New York Fashion Week

Balling on a budget.

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The clothing showcased at New York Fashion Week might cost as much as your rent, but the makeup doesn't. Even in the ritzy world of fashun, beauty products you can find at your local drugstore are used backstage to create awe-inspiring hair and makeup looks for the runways. I don't know about you, but knowing that a gorgeous red lipstick that costs just $8 was worn on a fancy runway means I have three reasons for making that lipstick my own. If you want to know the budget beauty products used to get models catwalk-ready this season, keep clicking to shop the drugstore gems I spotted backstage.

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Essie at Jeremy Scott

Lead manicurist Miss Pop was inspired by "geometric shapes, metallic Western boots, animal prints, and saturated colors," according to a press release. "We're leaning into the wild side of the '80s!"

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The Nail Polish Used Backstage at Jeremy Scott
Nail Polish in In The Cab-Ana
essie amazon.com
$9.00
$7.57 (16% off)

Miss Pop Started by adding "random splotches" to each nail, then perfected the little squiggly lines with a tiny manicure brush to create confetti-like shapes. 

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Maybelline
Maybelline at Michael Kors

Skin was the spotlight at Michael Kors. To create a "healthy energy," makeup artist Dick Page enhanced each model's natural beauty with a slightly sun-kissed, glowy look.

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The Concealer Used Backstage at Michael Kors
Super Stay Super Stay Full Coverage Concealer
Maybelline New York amazon.com
$11.99
$9.98 (17% off)

To avoid the heavy look of foundation, Page used concealer instead to spot-treat and brighten each model's complexion where needed. This created a radiant, fresh-faced effect. 

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Redken at Longchamp

The hair at Longchamp this season was all about '80s minimalism. Led by the legendary Guido Palau, each model wore a style that channelled that iconic time in history.

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The Hairspray Used Backstage at Longchamp
Triple Pure 32 Neutral Fragrance Hairspray
Redken ulta.com
$24.00

Before the runway, this high-hold everyday hairspray was spritzed all over to lock each style in place. Crunch-free curls for the win!  

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Kiss Nails
Kiss Nails at Rebecca Minkoff

Lead manicurist for Kiss Nails Gina Edwards was inspired by the "modern working woman." These elevated nail looks are office appropriate and incredibly fun.

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The Nails Used Backstage at Rebecca Minkoff
Masterpiece Nails in Kitty Gurl
Kiss amazon.com
$19.00

"Women are looking for fun, relatable nail looks for everyday," Gina Edwards said in a press release. “I wanted to play up the fun wearability of Rebecca Minkoff’s Fall 2019 Collection with wearable Kiss accent nails. Each design is on-trend without being overbearing.”

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Maybelline at Alice + Olivia

Sorbet was the theme of Alice + Olivia's presentation. So, Maybelline's global makeup artist Erin Parsons carried the color scheme throughout with pastel makeup. "The collection was inspired by rich Bohemia, so I added a pop of pastel to eyes,” Parsons explained in a press release.

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The Eyeshadow Used Backstage at Alice + Olivia
Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in Chill Girl
Maybelline walmart.com
$6.94

To nail the frosty iridescent vibe of each model's eyes, Parsons mixed this shimmery cream eyeshadow with pastel shades from Maybelline's Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette.  

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TRESemmé
TRESemmé at Christian Siriano

Dubbed the "Gigi Braid," each model wore this super-fierce high ponytail. "This look is chic yet playful,"NYFW Stylist for TRESemmé Odile Gilbert said in a press release. "The secret is not tying the ponytail too high on the head, and using a texturizing mousse to prep the hair."

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The Mousse Used Backstage at Christian Siriano
TRES Two Extra Hold Hair Mousse
TRESemmé walmart.com
$4.92

"My favorite is TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Mousse, which keeps everything in place but with movement so that it feels effortless and natural," Odile Gilbert said.

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CND Nails
CND at Libertine

The clothes were the starting point for each nail look at Libertine. Meant to be an extension of the ensembles themselves, each nail design replicated the patterns worn on the runway.

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The Nail Polish Used Backstage at Libertine
Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish in Cream Puff
CND walmart.com
$5.96

Using a detailed nail brush, this opaque shade was applied to perfect the floral accents on each manicure, giving it a feminine touch. 

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Maybelline
Maybelline at Kate Spade

"City safari" was the mood of this season's Kate Spade show. So, Erin Parsons rightfully went for a "soft and smudgey" makeup vibe to represent a "modern woman seeking nature in an urban jungle," according to a report on the look.

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The Lipstick Used Backstage at Kate Spade
SuperStay Matte Liquid Lipstick in Ground-Breaker
Maybelline walmart.com
$7.98

Instead of a full-on matte effect, Parsons blotted the models' lips with the warmth of her finger to create a soft stained effect. Baby Lips in Quenched was applied on top of this lipstick for added shine. 

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