Glastonbury and Wireless may be already under our belts from this year’s offering of summer music festivals, but with Latitude, Hideaway, Reading/Leeds, V Fest and dozens others still to come in the UK and across Europe, there’s still time to perfect your tent-based beauty routine.
The key is to use multi-tasking products to create a low-maintenance, high-impact look that will keep you camera-ready and comfortable in the summer sun (for once, English weather seems to be doing rather well!). Tents are hardly the most secure places to be keeping valuable items, so think twice before bringing a makeup bag filled with high-end luxury items, even if they’re the holy grail products you reach for on a daily basis – we’ve all heard one horror story too many when it comes to things ‘going missing’ at music festivals, whether it’s your Urban Decay ‘Naked’ palette or YSL ‘Touche Eclat’.
For flawless skin that’s moisturised and protected from the sun’s harmful rays, try a BB cream that has SPF built in. Maybelline’s ‘Dream Pure BB Cream’ has an SPF of 30, and promises to smooth, hydrate and brighten, as well as even out and perfect your skin. On top of all of this, the new formula is enriched with 2% salicylic acid, so those pesky blemishes will be kept at bay while your normal skin care routine goes to pot in favour of make-up wipes for the weekend. Perfect! Apply a small amount with your fingers for a dewy look that doesn’t require an extra make-up brush or sponge to clog up your makeup bag. Mop up any unwanted shine with Boots Skin Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets for the ultimate portable (and budget-friendly) touch-up, or carry a small powder compact that comes with a sponge, such as the Maybelline ‘Fit Me Powder’, which also has a small mirror. Wearing lighter make-up in the summer is always a popular move, but if you feel you want to bring a concealer with you, go for one with a doe-foot applicator like Rimmel’s ‘Wake Me Up’ concealer, for perfect precision and coverage on the go for both dark circles and blemishes. Try adding a dot just above your cupid’s bow to illuminate and brighten your lips without needing a separate highlighter – the ‘Wake Me Up’ concealer has loads of light-reflecting particles to create a radiant finish, so it’s perfect for illuminating and brightening the skin as it covers any imperfections.
When it comes to eyes, a lick of mascara and a touch of eyeliner is all that’s really necessary – fingers crossed your lovely peepers will be covered by a pair of fabulous sunnies all weekend anyway, so don’t go overboard with eye-shadow artistry. Waterproof formulas tend to have more staying power, but if you’re really keen for an eyelash look that will last all weekend, consider getting them tinted professionally so there’s no need to even bring mascara with you. Most good salons and spas offer eye-lash tinting from around £15.
Cheeks and lips are where multi-tasking products really come into their own, making them perfect for festivals or holidays. Of course, cheek and lip stains are everywhere since the success of Benefit’s ‘Posietint’ and ‘Benetint’ pots, but you could simply use a bright lipstick on both areas for a pretty, flushed look. Statement red and pink lips always have the effect of making you look like you’ve put in lots of effort – a true low-maintenance, high-impact look – so double up your products and use a creamy lipstick like the Rimmel ‘Lasting Finish by Kate Moss’, in 01 or 12, on face and lips, using your fingers to blend a tiny amount into the apples of your cheeks after applying BB cream. This lipstick is perfect for both cheeks and lips because of its creamy soft consistency and satin sheen – and, at £5.99 it’s a bargain to boot!
So, there you are! Photo-ready, low-maintenance, multi-tasking make-up on a budget – perfect for the laid-back and summery atmosphere at music festivals across the UK and Europe this summer. At the end of the night, could you please just remember to remove it all with a Simple ‘Cleansing Facial Wipe’ before passing out in your sleeping bag?