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Model Laura Chova talks how to look after her skin as a model

I’m a Model – This is How I Make Sure My Skin Survives Fashion Week

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Fashion Weeks all over the world (LFW starts today) are taking place at the moment, and it’s one of the busiest times in a model’s schedule.

And as fun, exciting, and (hugely) privileged as it is to take part, the constant changing of makeup, hair and nails can take a toll on your body, mind and skin.

Having done 14 seasons of Fashion Week, here’s what I’ve learned about what it takes to keep my skin in condition (even through 10 makeup changes) – and how these tips can help you navigate everything from festival beauty to travelling.


Model Laura Chova tells us how to look after your skin as a model

Model Laura Chova shares her tips for maintaining glowing skin. Image – Courtesy of writer


1. Piling on extra hydration

Often on fashion week you’re running on very little sleep after flights and long days of castings.

I don’t want this showing up on my skin so I ensure my skin is super hydrated and will add an extra layer of moisturiser right before I do a light layer of casting makeup.

In the morning of castings I use Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Skin Barrier Serum Toner, then a moisturiser such as Glossier’s Priming Moisturiser. 

The same applies to anyone who is travelling (especially flying, which is really dehydrating) or running on little sleep; make sure to up to keep a moisturiser handy in case you notice your skin becoming dry.


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2. Packing my own cleanser

Fashion Weeks really are a flurry of activity.  There’s a huge amount of pressure on makeup artists, hair stylists and nail artists to turn around a large number of looks quickly.

Sometimes after a show, the makeup artists may have packed up to run to their next one, I find it helpful to bring around something to remove my makeup such as an oil cleanser, microfibre cloth and even makeup wipes.


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I usually try and avoid using makeup wipes because they can be irritating to the skin, but in an emergency when there’s no sinks backstage and you have to run to the next show that’s all we have!

If I’m able to get a makeup artists to remove my makeup, I’ll always make sure I bring a thick moisturiser with me.

If you’re someone who  loves a festival, complete with tent, lack of running water and multiple glitter eye looks, I’d recommend doing the same.  If biodegradable face wipes aren’t your thing, an oil cleanser, face cloth and bottle of water will often do an impressive job of removing all your makeup when bathrooms are in short supply.


3. Never forgetting shampoo and conditioner

I’ll always bring a shampoo and conditioner with me after learning the hard way that you are left with show hair after the show.

It’s fine if you want to show off the look on the train home, but if you’re running to the next casting you need to arrive as a clean slate! I use a clarifying shampoo and hair mask as conditioner to remove all hairspray/ glitter etc and moisturise the lengths.

While this may not be something that will apply to everyone, it’s a reminder of how some products will need more than a dry shampoo to budge them if you’ve been styling your hair.  I’ve found that in the case of spray-in colours or glitters, they’ll generally benefit from a deep cleanse to help budge them.


4. Maintaining my skincare routine

I do my full skincare routine at night including retinol to make sure the makeup artist has a good bright base to work with.

I use my prescription formula from KLIRA, in the morning taking care to focus on exfoliating my chin to remove all the dead skin cells as this is where I’ll often get breakouts.

Everyone should be implementing this one, since it’s the consistent use of a good quality skincare routine that will really show results.


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5. Bringing my own SPF

Often you’ll be doing the shows indoors and the makeup artists won’t offer you SPF.

I bring one with me (a translucent one such as Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen) and request they use it if it’s an outdoor show, and I bring big sunnies and a hat for between shows and castings. 

Again, while this is an issue I notice most on photo shoots it’s a lesson that applies to everyone.  It’s really easy to get caught out on an unexpectedly long day, or to leave the salon after a facial or getting your makeup done before realising that you haven’t got any or enough SPF on.

I find that carrying one in my handbag means I can always top up throughout the day.


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6. Adding a spray toner

My skin gets very dehydrated and stressed on public transport and in the cold weather of February castings, so I bring a water spritz and reapply my moisturiser whenever it feel dry.

A gentle hydrating toner can help most people with dry skin (and feels lovely on the skin).  Just make sure to avoid harsh ingredients like alcohol and to layer a moisturiser on top if skin is particularly dry.


7. Telling makeup artists about any allergies

And finally, I always ensure that I tell makeup artists of any allergies or sensitivities. Most of the time they’ll ask, but it’s best to get it out the way before they start on your face as it saves everybody some time (and a red-eyed model walking down the catwalk)! I have sensitive eyes so I avoid fragrance around them. 


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The same applies to anyone getting any beauty treatment done, from a session with a makeup artist to a lash tint or skincare session.  Always make sure to request a patch test where relevant or let your professional know about any allergies you have.  Trust me, it could save you a red face in the long run!


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Freelance Beauty Writer

Laura Chova is a journalist, model and content creator from London. She has a First Class degree in History from and focused her studies on the emergence of youth culture. Her main interests and expertise are skincare (sensitive skin and K-beauty), beauty and fashion tips and tricks she learned on the runway.

Expertise: Skincare, makeup
Education: University of Sussex

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