Olio Lusso, The Backstage Skin Saver
Spending a concentrated amount of time pulling backstage duty each season, we have noticed a few secret weapons in makeup artists’ kits. Cosmetics, after all, can only go so far on their own. Tubs of Vaseline and tins of Smith’s Rosebud Salve make frequent appearances from New York to Paris, since, when combined with an eye shadow or pigment powder, each can create an instant grease paint for eyes, cheeks, and lips—and can even be turned into a colored mascara, as we saw Charlotte Willer whip up backstage at DKNY last month. For all skincare concerns, Pat McGrath keeps SK-II Signs Eye Masks on hand, so that in the event that an overtired, sallow-skinned model shows up in her chair—be it at Anna Sui, Dolce & Gabbana, or Balenciaga—she can instantly make dark circles and parched skin right as rain (“It takes just five minutes,” McGrath recently divulged of the cotton overlay’s super powers). Alternatively, Tom Pecheux prefers Rodin’s Olio Lusso for all complexion corrections and has toted the yellow elixir with him from Badgley Mischka to Balmain. Branded as a “skin scent” that doubles as a liquid moisturizer-cum-illuminator-cum-total miracle worker, Olio Lusso is packed with 11 essential oils, including ever popular and skin-regenerating argan, as well as apricot, evening primrose, and arnica, which reduces puffiness. The supple, glowing results are visible almost immediately, whether you use it as a primer pre-foundation or slather it on cathartically before bed. At a very basic level, though, it just feels (and smells) good, making it one of the best beauty tips we’ve come away with from the shows.