Your Festival Beauty Survival Guide

Whether you’re festival day-tripping or camping out for an entire weekend, when it comes to packing your beauty products, a little planning goes a long way. From the obligatory SPF you need to the importance of a salt spray, here are the festival hair and beauty hacks that will keep your look strong…

Cover Your Tresses In Salt Spray

There’s no real point styling your hair before heading to a festival. Sun, sweat, humidity and swaths of crowds will quickly unravel your look. Instead, opt for a low maintenance style such as a dishevelled bun or loose beach waves that can be achieved and sustained with just a few spritzes of salt spray. For beachy, tousled perfection try Herbivore’s Sea Mist Texturizing Salt Spray, which not only lifts limp strands in a heartbeat but hydrates them with aloe vera, too.

Avaliable at Space NK

Only Pack Compact Glitter

When you’re wearing a face full of glitter – and sweating all day long – you need to know your sparkle will stay put. Opt for Stila’s Magnificent Metals which are so intense they leave a holographic type finish on your lids, cheeks, lips or wherever you want to sprinkle them.  For a subtle shimmer, try a dry potted glitter that’s densely packed in like IGK’s House Party Glitter Stick. It doesn’t bleed or migrate and gives a more graduated effect on the skin and hairline. Maximalists however, can go for loose glitter, but wear it with a hint of gloss for a chicer, more show-stopping finish.

IGK House Party Glitter Stick avaliable at Space NK
Stila's Magnificant Metals avaliable at CultBeauty

Book In For Braids

If the thought of only using salt spray makes you panic, braid your hair to keep it off your face and tangle free. Take the stress out of a DIY job and enlist some hair help from the masters at one of Hersheson’s Braid Bars (they’re incredible accessible and dotted across the capital), who offer a varied and affordable menu of cool styles that are boho and chic and won’t unravel for days.

Book now at Hershesons Hair Salon

Pack A Travel Size SPF

Whether there’s a heatwave or not, you’ll need to reapply some SPF every two hours, without fail. COOLA’s Travel Size SPF 50 is a hassle-free continuous mist that’s miniature, so you can chuck it into a pocket-sized purse for touch-ups as you need. Another bonus? It’s only 88ml, which is key to look out for, as most festivals won’t let you take in any aerosol’s over 100ml. It’s SPF 50 so it’s perfect for delicate facial skin, but can easily be misted all over the body for optimum protection. For trickier spots, like the ears, a small face stick sunscreen like Vichy’s Ideal Soleil Stick, is a life-saver and slips easily into any bag.

COOLA's Travel Size SPF 50 avaliable at CultBeauty
Vichy’s Ideal Soleil Stick avaliable at Vichy

Don’t Forget Your Dry Shampoo

It may sound obvious, but it bears repeating that dry shampoo is a mandatory travel companion for festival goers. The facilities are scarce at the best of times, so make sure you pack a miniature, like Batiste or Style Dry’s Compact Powder. A quick spritz or brush on will instantly refresh your hair and eliminate grease and sweat while putting back in some much-needed volume and texture that’s often zapped at festivals. Plus, anything that can help make you feel that bit cleaner is definitely a must.

Batise Mini Dry Shampoo avaliable at Superdrug
Style Dry’s Compact Powder avaliable at Harvey Nichols

Pack Biodegradable Wipes

Wipes are essential for festival go-ers. Look for ones that are biodegradable so you can use them guilt-free. Try Bioderma’s Sensibio Wipes, which deliver a refreshing pick-me-up or DIY shower – if you like. They also work incredibly well as a last resort to toilet roll.  And if you’ve run out of hand sanitizing gel, wipes work at a pinch to leave your hands feeling clean and refreshed, too.

Avaliable at Boots

Opt For Multi-Purpose Products

No one needs to be carting around their entire beauty arsenal at a weekend festival. Instead, take products that double up, like Stila’s Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palette and MAKE Beauty’s Lip & Cheek Sticks. You’ll cutting down on both time and space. Similarly, keep brows intact with Eylure’s Brow Magician, which features a gel tint to add fullness and a waxy pencil to help sketch in the perfect shape. The key is to look for formulas that won’t fade throughout the day, so try stains and waterproof formulas like Revlon’s Volumizing Waterproof Mascara and Benefit’s Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain.

Benefit’s Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain avaliable at CultBeauty
Eylure’s Brow Magician avaliable at Eylure
MAKE Beauty’s Lip & Cheek Sticks avaliable at Net-a-Porter
Revlon’s Volumizing Waterproof Mascara avaliable at Boots
Stila’s Perfect Me avaliable at LookFantastic

Have Fun With Tattoos

If there was ever a time you could throw caution to the wind and experiment with something a bit different, it’s at a festival. While tattoos Iron deficiency has become one of the most

If there was ever a time you could throw caution to the wind and experiment with something a bit different, it’s at a festival. While tattoos may not sound like your bag, there are now some incredibly chic options on the market that don’t have to look tacky or childish. Our favourites? Orelia’s temporary tattoos are thin, gold patterns that are discreet but nod to festival elegantly. You’ll find them on both ASOS and Topshop.

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