Stay cool, calm, collected – and looking gorgeous – at this summer’s hottest festivals
Whether you’re a foodie, a music lover or a culture vulture, attending a summer festival is on most people’s radar come July and August. As Glastonbury wraps up, countless other festivals are getting ready to launch – and festival fever is in the air.
Looking good – and staying fresh – is not always easy when you’re crammed into a tent, rubbing shoulders with the sweaty masses and surviving on spicy street food, but we’ve collected a few stellar hacks – and awesome products – to help you navigate the fields, crowds and communal showers.
Be bold and bright
From your fashion to your eyeliner, being bold and bright helps you to stand out in the crowd and look fabulous – even on the last day of the festival, when your hair has started to knot and your sleeping bag has seen better days. Acid yellow is a great fashion choice, particularly when paired with clashing colours such as lime green or hot pink. Clashing prints is another way to turn heads. Glitter make-up is very last season – and (unless it’s an environmentally friendly, biodegradable product) may contain plastic, so try eyeshadows, lipsticks and liners in eye-popping shades instead. Temporary tattoos are another cool replacement for glitter designs.
Banish the burn
Nothing is more uncomfortable – or unfashionable – than bright red shoulders and painful sunburn lines. Whatever the weather forecast, pack plenty of SPF and sun defence products to keep your skin protected at all times. A fabulous hat is a must-have accessory to shade your face, and a parasol or umbrella should be carried at all times to defend against the weather (matching it to your festival wardrobe goes without saying).
Whatever length or style, having fun with your hair is a must. If you can’t wash it for the duration, make the most of it: it’s much easier to keep your hair in a crazy, punky fix if it’s a day or three away from being washed. Colour sprays are a good choice on the last day, and pack firm hold hairspray so you can play around with creative up-dos. Embellishments, including clips, beads and scrunchies, look best if they work with the theme of your outfit, so plan ahead. (Packing a dry shampoo, so things don’t get totally gross, goes without saying.)
Drinking lots of water is important, but another great way to keep skin hydrated is to pack a rich moisturiser and a spritz for setting make-up and keeping you fresh all day (and all night) long. If you’re taking along a cool bag,
that’s a great place to store a cooling skin spray. At night, using a travel-sized toner after you’ve removed your make-up is another good way to hydrate and freshen-up: look for products with hydrating properties and a fresh smell and feel.
One of the biggest threats to your festival beauty is a lack of sleep. If you’re camping, it can be hard to get a good rest thanks to late night revelling – and noisy neighbours. To combat eye bags and dull skin, pack a sleeping mask, soft ear plugs and any home comforts – like a favourite, particularly comfy pillow – you can fit into your camping kit. A bedtime beauty product containing sleep-enhancing ingredients can be handy, too.
Your festival beauty bag
Pack these 13 festi-friendly beauty treats to enjoy your most gorgeous summer festival ever: