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It wouldn't be a festival without an extensive packing list. While alcohol, fancy dress (plus something totally random that you'd never normally dream of sticking in your hair or on your face) and tent essentials are easy enough to remember, beauty isn't always as straightforward. Whether it's Glastonbury, Bestival or Wilderness you're heading to, here's everything you need to see you through the mud:
Every festivalgoer needs one of these - after spending most of the day in crowds thousands of people deep, sweating through the process and avoiding a hair wash at the showers (oh yes, you can always do another day). Batiste is a great pick especially if your hair is dark while Philip Kingsley’s One More Day helps absorb excess oil and dirt. And for the Rolls Royce of dry shampoos, look no further than Sam McKnight’s new range – the Lazy Girl dry shampoo looks as good as it feels.
SOME KIND OF FOUNDATION
Perking up super tired, weathered skin isn’t easy when you’re living out of a rucksack, but taking the right foundation, BB or CC cream can do the job. To help your face cope with whatever the weather throws as it, as well as the immense amount of drinking you'll be doing, Estee Lauder’s Daywear Antioxidant Beauty Benefit Crème is an essential. For irritated or dry skin, try Chantecaille’s Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser which also contains an SPF of 15 to help shield your face from UV rays. And for ease, take a stick foundation like Hourglass’ Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick; it’s waterproof, gives great coverage and best of all it’s really long wearing, so perfect for days when you don't see your bed.
It's boring, but totally necessary. For ease, take La Roche Posay’s Anthelios Sunscreen Face Mist which has an SPF 50 and is a mist! A mist! That means you can literally go cray cray spraying it all over your face, over or under makeup, and voila you’re protected from the sun while feeling refreshed. A good all-rounder is Vichy’s Ideal Soleil Face and Body Milk SPF 30 which feels nice and light.
GLITTER, GLITTER AND MORE GLITTER
This is your moment. Load up and dip your face in it.
Loose glitter is a crowd pleaser and it’s chunky so you can really go full disco-ball; try Topshop’s Glitter Pots – Teacher’s Pet (our favourite), or In Your Dreams' Chunky Glitter. Stick it to your face with Vaseline.
If you’re feeling a bit less sparkly unicorn and more hint of metallic, go for something finely milled like MAC’s Glitter Pots or Barry M’s Fine Glitter Dust. Lips will love Topshop’s Lip Kits which include a glitter to dust over lipstick - more is more.
Glitter liners are also a pretty way to do a bit of festival sparkle without going to town. Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Liners dry really quickly and give great glimmer; layer up for an intense shine.
AN EYE PALETTE
The beauty of an eye palette is that it cleverly multitasks as a paint palette if you get a bright enough colour combo and wet your brush. One of these will go the mile around every single one of your friends: while some simply want to use eye shadow as God intended, others want to draw penises and random lines in vivid colours all over their face – and who can blame them. For the best in brights, look no further than NYX’s Professional Makeup Eyeshadow palette in Brights; for glitters, Urban Decay’s Afterdark palette is your guy, and for something a little subtler try Nars’ Narissist eyeshadow palette.
ANTIBACTERIAL HAND GEL
This is an obvious one, but never forget how grim the ‘toilets’ at festivals are and when you’re rolling around in a field all day, dirt doth fly. Clean your hands with one of these little wonders – they’ll make you feel that little bit more human: Carex Aloe Vera Hand Gel, Neal’s Yard’s Organic Defence Hand Spray & Cowshed’s Slip Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel.
Waterproof mascaras are not just for crying, swimming and gyming. They truly come into their own when you’ve had an hour’s sleep and the last thing you want is to re-define your eyelashes – you need something that’s going to stay on come rain or shine. The very best are Clinique’s High Impact Waterproof mascara and Sensai’s 38C Mascara, which won’t come off with any water under 38 degrees celcius. I.e. it’s pretty damn hard to budge.
This is not the time to forget your deodorant. Festival life already means you’re at your most feral so forgoing deodorant isn’t an option. I’m not going to tell you which one to take – you’ve got this – but I will say that men’s deodorant works a dream. And who can say no to some Lynx Africa?
The less you can pack the better; that’s where multitasking products come in handy. For every lip, cheek and brow bone, there is a Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick, NARS Multiple and By Terry Glow Expert Duo stick, waiting to make their mark.
Unless you’re dedicated to the shower cause and are willing to wait hours for one (flip flops = essential), wipes are going to be your main body-cleaning currency. It will feel like a small victory running one of these over your limbs so get ones that feel nice, like Johnson’s baby wipes or This Works In Transit No Traces pads. And for your face, take Clinique’s Take the Day off wipes – they contain a gentle micellar water to get rid of all manner of dirt.
Not an essential but a face mist is a little piece of refreshing heaven especially if you’re waking up in a tent that is hotter than the sun. Spray one of these over just-wiped skin to re-hydrate, soothe tired skin and boost glow. The best are Mario Badescu’s rosewater-infused Facial Spray, Evian’s Brumisateur Facial Spray and La Roche Posay’s Serozinc Spray which is great for mattifying oily skin.
A way to look alive, even when you're not sure you are. Pale skins should try Givenchy’s Healthy Glow Powder in 02 Douce Saison, which also has a big mirror perfect for applying makeup in a field; medium skins will love Elizabeth Arden’s Fourever Bronzing Powder and a good all-rounder is Bobbi Brown’s Bronzing Powder in Golden Light.
And for when you get home...