London Fashion Week has officially kicked off, and no one knows more about British show-hopping than Newby Hands, Net-a-Porter’s Beauty Director. Because she oversees everything beauty-related for the luxury retailer’s print magazine Porter and the online site The Edit, a crucial part of her job is observing which products are being used backstage, and which trends she’ll want to feature.
Below, Hands gives us a breakdown on the essentials that get her through the non-stop fashion marathon—from chocolate to the always-reliable Charlotte Tilbury products.
The snack I pack is:
A small bag of almonds and a few mini Green & Black organic chocolate bars – who can get through Fashion Week without chocolate?
My go-to drink during the day is:
Evian water and English Breakfast tea for a little caffeine fix.
The workout I try to fit in is:
Yoga or pilates. I have done both for years so I’ll do it in my hotel room just to limber up and keep everything moving.
The shoes I wear all week are:
Adidas Gazelles, plus a pair of heels in my handbag for when it’s necessary.
The beauty product I keep in my handbag to look awake is:
Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow – it perks up tired skin, covers up a few sins and leaves my skin dewy and glowing.
To start my day, I eat:
Rye toast and an egg.
The one thing I’ll never eat during fashion week is:
Fast food – I won’t eat it any week, let alone Fashion Week.
My favorite ‘Fashion Week restaurant’ is:
My best tip for traveling light is:
Choose products that multi-task such as a hydrating face mask to use in-flight, post-flight and also as a night cream and even under makeup such as Charlotte Tilbury’s Multi-Miracle Glow Cleanser. Plus I love serums like Dr Sebagh’s Supreme Maintenance Youth Serum for mixing into cream and foundation.
My trick for getting enough sleep through the chaos is:
Unisom sleep tabs; I stockpile them whenever I’m in New York!
What I look for from the runway shows is:
Inspiration of course, but that which can translate to real women.
The best part of fashion week is:
Stocking up on new beauty finds in the stores and pharmacies, and getting the best tips from the pros backstage.
The worst part of fashion week is:
The constant rushing!