With festival line-ups revealed and summer almost here, it’s time to start making plans. But the idea of spending five days with no running water can be daunting a daunting prospect. So, here are some tips to get you through all the messy parts of the festival season so you can enjoy the real aspect of a festival: the music and atmosphere.
With a hangover and a long walk to the arena ahead, you don’t want to spend ages doing your makeup. Thus, quick and easy is essential. A tinted moisturiser is perfect for a festival as it doesn’t require much application or blending to achieve a flawless look. Try Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser (£34). It comes in a range of shades and is also available in an oil-free version. It is the perfect all-in-one as it not only nourishes but provides SPF protection and gives you light coverage to brighten your skin.
If you’re after full coverage then it’s best to stick to a foundation with an applicator built in to the product as you don’t want to be lugging around makeup brushes on top of everything else. Alternatively, try a powder foundation such as Benefit’s ‘Hello Flawless’ (£25.50). It comes with a sponge and brush applicator and allows you to build layers to achieve your desired coverage. It has eleven shades to choose from and has SPF 15.
There’s going to be a lot of late nights so concealer is a lifesaver at festivals to cover up those tired eyes. For the budget conscious, Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer is ideal. It comes in four shades, is only £4.19, and is good for oily to combination skin. For people with dry skin, Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Concealer will work wonders (£5.49). It has a slight shimmer to it so gives the perfect dewy effect.
For eyes it’s best to opt for a Kohl eyeliner pencil, because they’re versatile. You can create a classic winged eye look or a more causal smoky eye. Kohl is easy to apply and can be retouched throughout the day, making it a winner to transform a daytime look to a night-time one.
Dry Shampoo is a must! It will leave hair looking clean and feeling fresh and helps you forget how long it’s been since your last shower. Batiste Dry Shampoo (£2.99) is an excellent choice and even comes in a travel size.
Hair accessories are also a great option to distract from your permanent bed head. They create an effortlessly put together look in a matter of minutes. Flower crowns are the perfect way to do this and are a festival favourite. Headbands or bandannas work in the same fashion.
If you’re a little more brave with hairstyles, try french plaits as they are a quick and easy way to get your hair out of your face and are easier to do when you haven’t washed your hair for a few days. If you’ve not yet mastered the french plait then just search for tutorials on YouTube and you’ll soon have your hair looking like a princess’s mane.
And finally, here are some extra tips – vital things you need to survive:
Wet wipes are your best friend at a festival. Anti-bacterial gel also wouldn’t go a miss.
The toilets are probably the worst thing about a festival so bring toilet roll, lots of it.
A small first aid kit will come in handy, even if it’s just to treat your hangover.
Ear plugs are often something easily forgotten but they will save from abrupt awakenings in the early hours of the morning when you’re recovering from the antics of the night before.
Festival camping is never as scary as it seems and with these tips in hand you can relax and have fun!