Music festivals are a great occasion to let loose – but when it comes to packing a makeup bag, a little planning can go a long way. Less than favourable conditions – unforgiving rays of sunshine, tent life, sparse showers and omnipresent plumes of dust included – mean you need to entirely rethink your beauty arsenal. From the obligatory sunscreen and cleansing wipes to hydrating essentials, here are the 10 beauty products you should not attend a festival without.
Whatever the forecast for your next festival, sunscreen is essential. Remember, it isn’t just the sunburn you are shielding your skin from: it is the sun’s radiation that is most damaging (hello, pigmentation and premature ageing). That said, you don’t need a heavyweight cream – a la the ghostly and pore-clogging formulas of your youth – to get all the protection you need. Choose a water-based, broad spectrum high SPF (that means 30 SPF and above). Opt for one that can be used head-to-toe for packing efficiency. A personal favourite is Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50.
The time, inclination and facilities to wash your hair at a festival are scarce at best, which makes dry shampoo a mandatory travel companion. A spritz of dry shampoo – like Batiste Dry Shampoo or Sam McKnight’s Lazy Girl – will instantly refresh your hair by eliminating scalp grease and sweat, whilst building body, volume and texture.
Camping conditions are likely to leave your skin feeling the thirstiest it has ever been. Sheet masks – which are saturated in skin-perfecting nutrients and vitamins – are a speedy way to alleviate dryness, dehydration and dullness. You may look ridiculous and slightly terrifying whilst you apply it, but the result – dewy, hydrated skin – is totally worth it. Not sure where to start? Try Dr Jart’s Hydration Lover Mask.
Hyaluronic acid serum
Travelling with the entire contents of your bathroom cabinet is obviously impractical, but if there is one product you shouldn’t leave home without, it is a hyaluronic acid serum. NIOD Multi Molecular Hyaluronic Complex is a Vogue favourite. It holds 1,000 times its weight in moisture so will help your complexion fight the climate conditions you face. Who doesn’t want beautifully plump, hydrated and glowing skin?
With any luck, your next festival date will involve non-stop dancing, and you’ll need a high-performing deodorant – one that can withstand warm temperatures and won’t leave stains on your clothes – to carry you (and your immediate neighbours) through. Bonus points for one that is toxin-free, like Malin & Goetz’s Eucalyptus Deodorant.
Detractors have long criticised face mists as a pointless skincare step, but they really come into their own at festival season. As hydrating as they are cooling, face mists like Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Rosewater, also come loaded with infinite protective skincare benefits: anti-polluting, anti-bacterial and antioxidants included. It can be the difference between Insta-worthy dewiness and the sweaty alternative.
Though never a substitute for the joys of a bath or shower, cleansing wipes – for both face and body – are a festival must-have. They will go a long way to eliminate the grime and dust accumulated over the day. Try Clinique’s Fit Post Workout Face and Body Cleansing Swipes.
Your skin isn’t the only one at risk from the rays of the sun, your hair needs UV protection too. Help minimise dryness and damage with a light leave-in treatment or defense mist, like Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, which will lock in moisture, and diffuse oil and dirt.
Absorbent and easily portable, blotting papers are a great beauty ally. Weatherproof your look by removing any excess oils from your face with a sheet throughout the day. Try spraying your face mist before patting with Shiseido Pureness Oil Control Blotting Papers for a dewy, fresh finish.
Glitter and gloss
Glitter has long been a festival staple, and the trend – thanks to the likes of Pat McGrath’s eponymous makeup line – is still going strong. Those with an aversion to sparkle should opt for shine, via glossy, wet-look eyelids, cheekbones and lips. Maximalists, of course, can layer both glitter and gloss for a show-stopping effect. Mac Clear Gloss & In Your Dream’s Chunky Glitter is your go-to.
Mac Clear Gloss, $34
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