The Best Backstage Beauty Looks from the 2016 Westminster Dog Show

Rachel Krause
The Best Backstage Beauty Looks from the 2016 Westminster Dog Show
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There are two major events going on in New York City right now, and not one of them is to be missed. As New York Fashion Week draws to a close, we can’t stop talking about the annual Westminster Dog Show, which showcases the best and most beautiful members of the canine species. No, but really.

Unlike models, who generally do a lot of walking and standing around (which, as you’ll know if you’ve ever spent an entire day standing around, is not necessarily an easy job), these pups do tricks, which rules. Also, they’re cute, because they’re dogs. Who needs Fashion Week when there are dogs running around on live television?

As the spectacle winds down this evening with the Best in Show award (best dog ever!!!!!), we’re taking a look at the must-see backstage photos from yesterday’s events. Dog people do not mess around when it comes to grooming—you’ll see what we mean.

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A model waits patiently for hair and makeup after a quick wash to refresh the coat for styling.

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This flat iron is a backstage favorite: It heats up quickly and is small enough to keep on hand for any necessary touch-ups.

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A spritz of hair spray at the roots ensures hold and adds volume.

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Models are people, too—this Maltese is exhausted from a long day of practice runs.

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Embarrassing: a major wardrobe malfunction backstage.

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Here's a pro beauty tip in action: Stylists use Styrofoam and wide elastics to keep long hair in place before the show.

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This Keeshond's bad behavior goes to show just how easy it is for a model's ego to get out of hand, as handlers struggle to keep the scene under control. It's always important to stay humble, even when you're a star.

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We're totally obsessed with this sleek, perfectly toned platinum coat. Major hair color goals.

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One of the gorgeous final looks—so chic.

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Hair accessories are everywhere this season. You can get this look with the Shimmer of Love Hair Bow for just $7—a total steal.

Photo: Matthew Eisman/Getty Images

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