Some might argue that your ticket is the only ‘essential’ required for a trip to a festival, but we picked the brains of four festival-going beauty goers and the results proved otherwise. In fact, the general consensus was pretty unanimous – you’re going to be partying all day and all night, with limited washing facilities and you’ll (more than likely) be getting ready in a tent (not your typical glam-prep conditions). Setting spray? Dry shampoo? Glitter? Don’t leave home without them.
Read on for the best tricks, tips, and product recommendations for surviving a music festival…
During the festival season theres so much excitement and anticipation, sorting outfits, getting the tickets, who’s driving?! But the one thing that has to be on point is your skin and makeup. Everyone knows that for festivals there’s no holding back, it’s all about the glitz and glam and all the colours of the rainbow. It’s the time to go wild with it.
For sparkles I absolutely love the Festival Face Stargazer Glitter. The best way to apply glitter I find is by wetting your finger or brush very slightly to pick up more product and apply an adhesive base – if you don’t have a glitter glue mix a bit of your eye lash glue in with your eye primer and it’s just as good! To go along with you sparkles and to save you time I adore the Gypsy Shrine All-In-One Face Jewels, they are so easy and stunning.
Ok so it’s the next morning not in the mood for all the glitter again? No matter, but make sure your brows are on point! The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is a speedy little number that gets you sorted ready for the next set. With brows always start with the bottom and work your shape up. Also remember to finish your skin off with a setting spray when using foundation the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day I recommend and smell great too!
Finishing with skin, during this hectic time with lots of sun, sounds and not so much sleep be sure your removing your makeup or you’ll regret it the next week. It’s not always easy to do your full skincare routine but ALWAYS have some facial cleansing wipes if nothing else! Skin79 10 Fast Lip & Eye Remover Tissue’s are my pick. Finally finish with my all time holy grail and favourite product that will help cure any sun burn, calm the skin and hydrate – the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater. Works an absolute dream!
Use glitter to cover everything up. If you are camping, it’s most likely there will be limited showering facilities (and if there are, they are usually pretty gross), and therefore it is easy for you to break out. Cover up blemishes and under eye bags with glitter, no one will guess and will just think it’a I love the L.A Splash Crystallised Glitters, they re super affordable and have such a great range of colours.
Make sure you bring a palette with a mirror! The first time I went to V Fest I took my favourite Morphe 35O Palette, then when I got there I only had a small compact mirror to do my makeup in! If you use a palette instead it will give you a bigger mirror, allowing you to ensure you get glitter in all the right places.
Setting spray will be your best friend! Festivals are long and usually hot days, where you will be in crowds dancing, and so your makeup can easily come off towards the end of the day. So make sure you spray yourself before you go out to make sure your face stays on all day!
Try and multiuse products to avoid over packing. You will usually have some walking to do with your bag and if you are camping, you don’t want a load of stuff over crowding your tent. You can use some products for two things, such as lipstick can be used as a cream blush, eyeshadows can be used as bronzer & highlight and liquid lipsticks as a fun, colourful liquid liner (perfect for a festival!).
Multi-taskers are an absolute must. Leave your brow pomades and lip palettes at home and instead stock up on cream contours and bronzers that do it all. The Madame La La Bronzing Ball is perfect for popping in your bag and you can use it all over your body for a serious golden glow. Another great multi-tasking product is liquid lipstick – specifically the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks. Since they’re eye safe, they’re the perfect product to create a graphic eye with or a super sharp cat eye. They’re pretty great on the lips as well.
Wear makeup that lasts. The last thing you want to be worrying about when running around a festival is whether or not your liner has smudged, so try opting for waterproof products to keep you looking fresh all day. A great setting spray (like Gerard Cosmetics’ Slay All Day) works wonders too.
Face jewels fix everything. If you can’t wear face jewels at a festival, when can you!? The Gypsy Shrine do amazing stick on gems that look amazing, but take zero effort on your part – just glue on and go! No one will know you’re wearing the same makeup from the night before..
I am a strong believer in ‘the glow’. Highlighters are definitely my guilty pleasure and I think festival season is the time to embrace that! We all know the classic look of cheekbones glowing to the gods, but in order to create that all over glowing goddess look you need to create a uniform texture over your skin. Try bringing your highlight over the high points of your body, shoulders, collarbones, the front of your calves (all over basically). Topaz highlighter from Jouer is perfect as it has that golden undertone to compliment your summer bronze. To intensify the look try using a shimmering body oil all over for example the St. Tropez Luxe Dry Oil, this will work as a base for your highlight as well as keeping your skin hydrated throughout the day!
By day three of a festival you will be looking pretty tired, late nights, drinking and (let’s be honest, makeup from the night before) all contribute to a less than ideal state of baggage under your eyes! So my biggest tip to help you look wide awake on the last day of the festival is to move your glitter from above your eyes to under. Let’s call it, glitter concealer! The Festival Face Chunky Glitters are my absolute favourites for that mermaid princess look!
They may seem faff for festival season, but I personally think that false lashes (once you get the hang of them) are the quickest and most effective way to amp up a look for festival season, and actually (in my experience) can be quicker than just using mascara to create the lash look you want! No need to build up layer after layer, just apply the glue you trust to last all day and night, a quick slick of mascara and apply. Instantly glam whilst also making your eyes look more open and awake! My favourite lashes for instant drama are the Lilly Lashes in the style Goddess, long and wispy with just enough space to show off the shadows/ glitter on your lid!
We’ve all said it once, I’ll say it again. Dry shampoo is our saving grace during festival season. I love the OUAI Dry Shampoo to help keep my hair looking fresh and clean when we all know that day four can be a push. I personally recommend french plaiting your hair for the final days of the festival, it keeps it out of your face and the texture created by the dry shampoo will help to hold the style in place. If you feel you are at a point of no return, try your glitter concealer on your roots, pop your glitter over your parting, give it a spray and feel confident that you are looking cool and most importantly clean.
Once your hard work is done, you are going to want it to last all so you can be focusing on the music, not on your face. Setting spray is a makeup lovers best friend, the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day keeps your base in place and feels refreshing on those not so fresh mornings.