Looking your best at a festival isn’t always easy, especially a couple of days in, when you’re in serious need of a shower. All that mud and endless partying can take its toll on your beauty regime but here are some essential tips to keep you looking tip-top, no matter how late you stayed up the night before!
- Dirty hair can feel unbearable so use dry shampoo for an instant boost. Batiste is the original (RRP: £2.99) and comes in a range of colours and fragrances. For a more luxurious treatment, try James Brown London Photo Fabulous Dry Shampoo (RRP: £6.99) to revive greasy, limp hair.
- Alcohol and lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your skin so remember to pack some cleansing face wipes to keep your face looking clean and fresh. They’re also handy when you forget to take-off your make-up and wake up with it smeared down your face! I rate Boots Essentials Cucumber Wipes, which are a steal at only RRP: £1.49.
- A good moisturiser is a must to ensure your skin remains nourished and hydrated throughout the festival. My favourite is Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion (RRP: £28.00) but Simple Kind To Skin Protecting Moisture Cream (RRP: £4.99) is a great alternative and good for those on budget. A tinted moisturiser like Benefit’s You Rebel (RRP: £23.50) is useful for a hint of cover-up and for extra radiance, I love L’Oreal’s Lumi Magique Primer (RRP: £9.99).
- Sun protection is vital to ensure you don’t leave the festival looking like a lobster! Choose a factor suitable for your skin type, though anything below 15 SPF is probably best avoided. Choose a sunscreen that protects you against both UVB and UVA rays, like the Nivea Protect and Bronze Sun Lotion (RRP: £7.49). This light, non-greasy lotion not only has an enhanced UVA/UVB filter system but also contains a plant extract that supports the skin’s natural tanning by stimulating melanin production.
- The last thing you want is to spend the whole festival itching and covered in red lumps so make sure you take insect repellent. Products that contain DEET are considered to be the most effective against mosquitoes and other biting insects. Boots Pharmaceuticals Repel Insect Repellent Roll-on (RRP: £6.55) is easy to apply and perfect handbag size.
- Bad hair day? Use cute hair accessories to disguise messy roots and tangled ends and to jazz up your outfits. Flower garlands are appropriately hippy while head scarves tied in a bow are effortlessly retro. Gold and silver headbands add a bit of glamour and feather headbands are so on trend right now- Topshops’s Disc Feather Headband (RRP: £14.00) is a fab example. Don’t leave home without kirby grips.
- Only take key products from your make-up bag with you. A sheer foundation such as No 7’s Intelligent Colour (RRP: £15.50) will conceal blemishes but still look natural. Waterproof mascara is recommended in case the weather turns nasty: Maybelline’s Volume Express Colossal Waterproof Mascara (RRP: £6.99) and Max Factor’s False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara (RRP: £10.99) are two of the best. Festivals are great place to experiment with make-up too, whether it’s bright colours, intricate designs or lots of glitter…dare to be different!