Festivals are not known as the most glamourous of places yet lots of girls (and boys) manage to rock make up, cool hair and look like they have had a full blown bubblebath rather than a wet-wipe shower. I remember having no idea what to pack beauty wise when I went to my first festival and ended up packing ridiculous things that I didn't touch during the whole festival weekend, so here's my advice on what to take (or not take) with you for all your beauty needs at a festival :)
Usually I detest wipes. They are bad for your skin, they dry it out, they don't even do that great of a job of removing make up BUT they are a lifesaver at festivals! They can be used to remove dirt, freshen yourself up, alternative to loo roll, the possibilities are endless!
- Solid perfume.
Not an essential but I'm going to take some solid perfumes with me to the Isle of Wight festival this year as I can't live without perfume but can't be bothered to faff with perfume bottles that could leak/get broken. My favourite solid perfumes are the ones from Lush; literally a fragrance for everyone and they can be put onto the ends of your hair to keep it smelling fresh too!
- Dry shampoo
Unless you have access to showers, your hair is probably going to get dirty at a festival. Dry shampoo eliminates oil and freshens your hair. It can add fragrance and the fancier ones add volume too so you can still have lovely hair over the weekend :)
- Bright lipsticks
Lipsticks are perfect for festivals as they (usually) stay put and are non-sticky. I'd quite happily wear a bright lipstick on it's own and leave the rest of my make up off for a festival so attention is drawn to your lovely painted lips rather than the rest of the face. I think I'll be taking my Revlon lip butters as they add colour, look after my lips and can be easily reapplied throughout the day. (Note: I read this lipstick tip on another blog and as soon as I find it, I will link her and give credit!! Let me know if you know whose blog this tip is on)
- Glitter eyeliners/pots/sticks
If you're not a lippy fan, then maybe try some glitter/liquid liners. I love glitter and glitter eyeliners are a little guilty pleasure of mine. Relatively easy to apply and, if they do go wrong, you can just go glitter crazy and pull off a Ke$ha inspired glitter festival look! This is a little more risky than a lipstick though as there is always the possibility you will get glittery fabulousness smearing and streaking down your face. You have been warned ;)
- Travel sized moisturiser
Your regular skin care routine will probably be out of the window come festival weekend but it doesn't hurt to pop a small sized moisturiser in your bag to keep your skin nice and nourished. Wet wipes suck the moisture out of my skin so I'll 100% be taking some kind of facial moisturiser (if it includes an SPF you get bonus points)
I like to go as make up free as possible but my skin is having a bit of an 'off month'. To save faffing with a load of foundation, I'll be sticking to a nice pencil concealer that I can carry round during the day to cover any blemishes I'm more insecure about.
Of course, make up is not everyone's priority at a festival but I know some people would feel a little happier knowing they could still wear a bit of make up in the day time. From my personal festival experiences, make-up is the last thing on your mind as you are covered in mud, sweat, rain, alcohol throughout the duration of the festival and I didn't see many people with a full face of make up.
Make sure you read my Festival Essentials guide for a more appropriate festival packing list that suits everyone ;)