Backstage at Victoria Beckham this morning, the designer ordered up what’s become something of a signature helping of simple, modern, and sophisticated beauty. Guido Palau’s loose ponytails were slung low, left wispy, and treated to a high-shine texture, accordingly, while Diane Kendal kept makeup on the natural side, tinting lids with MAC Sculpting Cream in Coffee Walnut and contouring the face with its Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. As for the nails, they were groomed and unassuming—pretty self-explanatory, or so we thought. “I’m using a Nail White Pencil,” Marian Newman explained of the stick she was implementing to clean under the edges of models’ fingertips, lightening the nail in the process. “It looks like eye liner, but it’s thicker,” she continued of the new-to-us tool from Rimmel London that boosts the healthy appearance of nails without trying too hard. Slicked with a top coat of MAC Overlacquer and buffed for a glossy effect, it made for an impressively clean, perfect-looking manicure. You learn something new every day in the backstage trenches.