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Forget the undies - here are the best Victoria's Secret Fashion Show hair and beauty looks.

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In case you hadn’t seen it all over your news feed, today was the Victoria’s Secret Runway Show — i.e. the time of year that either makes you run out for a gym membership, or weep at the sad state of your own underwear drawer.

While the intended focus of the show is the (let’s be honest, kind of impractical) lingerie, we’re all about the backstage selfies and the hair and makeup.

Unfortunately, if you were holding out for some more revolutionary styling compared to previous years, you’re probably going to be disappointed.

Although there were some new faces making their debut on the runway (we’re looking at you Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner), in the hair and makeup chair it was business as usual: long, loose beach waves and glossy pink lips. Surprise, surprise.

Clearly it’s a formula that works, but we wouldn’t mind a pixie cut or a deep lip here and there.

VS first-time, Gigi Hadid. Image: Instagram (@sarahpotempa)

The "soft bombshell waves" that have become a Victoria's Secret tradition were created with a tool called The Beach Waver, which was developed by celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa. The models' hair was then kept in a net and pinned up to ensure the style set while they were waiting back stage.

Don't be fooled, though; while the hair style might look effortless (and voluminous... and so darn good) it's not a one-man job, as demonstrated in this backstage shot from the Victoria's Secret Snapchat:

It takes a few pairs of hands to achieve. Image: Snapchat.
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In the makeup department, glowing and dewy-looking skin, long lashes, groomed brows and glossy pink lips reigned supreme. And because this is Victoria's Secret, the home of the multi-million dollar jewel-encrusted bra, of course there was plenty of glitter swept over the eyelids.

And in case you were wondering, it really is a head-to-toe transformation backstage. Quite literally.

Image: Snapchat

Check out the rest of the beauty action backstage before the show. (Post continues after gallery.)

For all the drama and extravagance on the runway (seriously — a two million dollar bra?), the hair and makeup looks are surprisingly wearable and achievable.

The mile-long legs, robe and paparazzi? A little more tricky.

Will you watch the Victoria's Secret Runway Show? What did you think of the outfits and beauty?