Festival Beauty

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Looking (and feeling) fresh at a festival is no mean feat. With unpredictable weather, tent life and the uncertainty of when your next shower is, it’s no surprise many forgo their usual beauty habits and favourite makeup looks. With the right products and tricks, you can however disguise a multitude of sins and even experiment with some more daring styles; festivals are ideal for letting loose and embracing creativity. From dry shampoo, SPF and waterproof makeup, to the (also essential) glitter-infused eyeshadows, body sprays and hair mists, we have compiled the ultimate armoury of festival beauty must-haves.

How To Be Practical With Festival Makeup


Unfortunately, your entire makeup kit is unlikely to fit in your festival rucksack, so think practically when it comes to packing. Whatever the weather, SPF is always an essential. Double-up and opt for a lightweight foundation such as Rodial’s Skin Tint with SPF20 which gives medium coverage and a radiant finish. You won’t need to reapply thanks to its promise of long-wear too. If you are unlucky enough to encounter showers, waterproof eye makeup will ensure there’s no need to dash back to your tent.

Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour is water-resistant and smudge-proof, as is Kevyn Aucoin’s The Precision Liquid Liner. For lashes, By Terry’s Mascara Terrybly Waterproof Mascara will deliver definition and volume as well as easy reapplication and layering the next morning if necessary.

Compacts and multi-use products are a wise and space-saving idea. Nars’ Summer Lights Face Palette houses a bronzer, highlighter and four eyeshadows making it a versatile choice for creating multiple looks and adding overall warmth to sleep-deprived complexions. Ilia’s Beauty Multi-Stick not only offers fuss-free application since there’s no need for a brush, it works as an instant tint for the lips, eyes and cheeks.

Other essentials include a compact mirror and ultra-gentle makeup removing wipes. RMS Beauty’s Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes will cleanse and soothe skin unlike other, more harsh wipes. They also help to restore a healthy moisture balance since they are infused with nourishing coconut oil.

How To Be More Experimental With Festival Makeup


No festival is complete without glitter. If you don’t have the time, or skills, to undertake some serious face or body art, you will still be able to manage a glitter eyeshadow. Hourglass’ Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadows add immediate glamour since they are infused with multi-faceted pearls and micro glitter. Simply dab onto the top and bottom lash line before gently buffing with your finger.

For those feeling a little more daring, why not try and recreate some of this season’s bold beauty looks. Graphic, exaggerated liner and loud colours make for a stand-out trend which is well suited to the festival fields. The motto? Embrace the bright hues. Try Nars’ Eyeliner in Curaçao or Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Peacock for the eyes and try Lipstick Queen’s Old Flame Lipstick for your lips.

How To Master Festival Hair


First things first – dry shampoo. Washing your hair will undoubtedly be at the bottom of your priority list, so a few spritzes of this will save you time and hassle. As part of our exclusive collaboration with IGK, this limited-edition set has everything you need for the ultimate festival hair, including IGK’s bestselling First Class Dry Shampoo. Nothing screams festival more than a holographic scrunchie, which is luckily also included, along with the coordinating travel bag.

Hair accessories like this, or Slip’s Bunny Scrunchies, will jazz up any ponytail or up-do, but if you’re not sure on styling your hair up, a headband will conceal oily roots in an instant. IGK’s Beach Club Volumizing Texture Spray and their House Party Glitter Stick are sure-fire ways of livening up any style.

Next up – braids. Not only do they offer an on-trend style (particularly with ribbons weaved through), they also work well to keep greasiness at bay and enhance a natural wave when slept in. For increased volume and added shine, try Virtue’s Texturizing Spray after unravelling your braids. Continue the party and go all out with Ouai’s Hair and Body Shine Mist. This weightless spray is packed with bling-worthy diamond powder for head-to-toe glow which was made for festivals. Apply liberally to bare skin before spritzing through your hair.