One of the only times it’s totally acceptable – if not positively normal – to wear a bold lip, smoky eye, glitter, huge lashes and basically anything shiny you can find and adhere to your face, all at once, is festival season – so get your make-up ready to have some fun…
Forget neutral tones, festivals are the time to go bold with neon, metallic and clashes. Start with an eyeshadow like Models Own Limited Edition Colour Chrome Palette (£19.99) – these creamy colours go from liquid platinum to molten gold. For powder, try their Full Moon palette (£14.99) or Sleek’s I-Divine palette (£8.99, Superdrug); both feature pigmented neon shades. For a pop of colour and added sass use a statement lipstick that stays on all day. Try NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (£5.50, Boots) – available in 26 shades, this formula goes on like a gloss, but dries matte. You can’t go wrong with San Paulo or Morocco shades. For a little heavy metal, Models Own Lip Gunk Lip Paint Kits (£10.99) come in a handy tin which can be used for mixing colours.
Whether you’re out on the lash or getting flashy at a festival, falsies are THE must-have for polishing your look and taking you from drab to fab. The bigger the better as far as I’m concerned, and festival season is an excuse to go all out. The Lash Inc offer some incredibly affordable options at just £6.99 each from thelashinc.com – try the No.11 for a doe-eyed flutter – plus, if you fancy 10% off your first lash order, just click here to sign up. No time for an online order? Nip into Boots for some KISS strip lashes (£6.75), which are ridiculously soft.
If you’re ready to embrace your inner mermaid, behold these handmade beauties from Etsy shop FromNicLove (£10). Made to order in seven shimmering designs they’ll make sure you stand out from the crowd with a custom flutter. While you’re browsing Nicola’s shop, be sure to check out her Festival Face Pack (£22) too; everything you need for glitter glam including the mermaid lashes, glitter pots, gems and how-tos! However, if faking it isn’t your thing, make sure you grab a decent mascara like the Too Faced new Waterproof version of their terribly named, but incredibly ace, Better Than Sex Mascara (£19, Debenhams).
No festival look would be complete without glitter, and Make Up Forever have nailed the look with Diamond Powder (£19, Debenhams). Try brushing White Gold over eyeshadow to make your colour iridescent. Browsing Pinterest and Instagram is great for glitter inspiration and head to online store Dust and Dance for chunky glitter mixes, including the insanely pretty Under the Sea collection (from £2.50, dustanddance.com).
For a little body glam Lottie London’s range of Holi Henna (£10) designs last up to five days, so will light up your limbs for the duration. Also, do not forget your face wipes! Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths (£13, Cult Beauty) remove dirt and make-up, with a self-foaming formula.
Aside from the obligatory sunscreen, phone charger, tent and torch, a must-have for make-up success on the go is the Magic Mirror Mini (£29.99), a genius full-length, non-glass, folding, travel mirror.
Wild hair, don’t care
Hair chalks are a great quick and easy way to add colour. Just rub the colour into your do and you’re good to go. Head to Claire’s Accessories for their 7 Pack Hair Chalk Tin (£14). For maximum height Batiste Oomph My Locks XXL Volume Spray (£4.29, Superdrug) offers a powerful two-in-one spray, freshening as it freshens and keeps the grease at bay! Another must-have for festival hair is Christophe Robin Hair Finish Lotion (£27, lookfantastic.com), which promises to freshen lacklustre hair without mattifying. Saving day-two locks is Redken’s Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender (£13.60) – brilliant at taming tresses under extreme circumstances. And for soothing wild locks and sun-kissed skin try Christophe Robin Intense Regenerating Balm with Rare Prickly Pear Oil (£33.75, lookfantastic.com), a two-in-one balm for hair and skin.
Glitter queen how to:
Follow these steps to become a glittery goddess. I used In Your Dreams Purple Unicorn and Gold Lileth glitter pots (£5.50 each, inyour-dreams.com), which are an amazing mix of super-fine and chunky sequin glitter in different shapes.
1. Fix your face make-up the way you like it, then dab Vaseline gently over the lid.
2. Using a fluffy brush – or your fingertips – gently pat the glitter onto the Vaseline while looking down into a mirror to make sure nothing gets into your eyes.
3. Build up how much glitter you want by adding more Vaseline and layering.
4. Using your fingertips dab a little more Vaseline over the tops of your cheek bones and add more glitter. I used Purple Unicorn here. Take the glitter over your eyebrow for a more intense look.
5. Add false lashes to give maximum impact. I used No. 9 from The Lash Inc.
TOP TIP: Worried about the staying power of Vaseline? Switch it out for eyelash glue by gently dabbing tiny dots for the glitter to fix to.