We all know at a festival you are going to want your makeup to be the bomb and have at least a little bit of glitter somewhere in your look. However, when travelling light and applying makeup in a tent, it can be quite difficult to achieve that beautiful makeup look that you stumbled upon on Instagram or YouTube. Also if you read my last blog on Festival Essentials then you will understand the last thing you want is to be carrying a massive makeup bag to put on your full face of makeup. In this blog, I’m going to explain how to create a beautiful makeup look that you can create quickly and easily, no matter what lighting you are doing your makeup in.
Your Makeup Bag
First of all, you are going to need something to store your makeup essentials in. I would recommend a waterproof bag just in case there is a chance of your makeup getting wet. You do not want to open your kit to find all your powders have been drenched in water and are no longer usable. It also means if anything accidentally leaks in your bag, it doesn’t ruin all the items you have packed around it. I would not enjoy opening my bag to find the outfit I had prepared had been ruined with my foundation – because unfortunately, that does not come out! I also would not get a see-through bag, just because if the sun does catch the bag it might ruin the formula of some of your items. I found so many cute styles on the Skinny Dip website which would be perfect – they are not too big and a lot of them are also waterproof!
A good moisturiser and primer are going to be your holy grail when going to a festival. Depending on if it’s hot or chucking it down with rain, you are going to need a good base for the rest of your makeup to stay on all day long. I tend to find, especially when it’s hot, my skin becomes very dry when at a festival. The lack of water and drinking alcohol will strip your skin of moisture so extra moisture (of the non-rain variety!) is essential. I’ve been absolutely loving the new GlamGlow Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturiser* at the moment, perfect for when I’m having really dry skin days.
Not only are you going to hydrate your skin but you are going to need something which is going to make your makeup last all day. The Smashbox Photo Finish Primer* is one of my favourite primers on the market. It doesn’t dry your skin and it also keeps your makeup looking fresh all day, which you’re going to need if you’re dancing around in the blazing sun all day. It also is amazing for smoothing out your skin – perfect if you are taking cute festival photos.
Now for actual coverage on the skin. I would suggest keeping the coverage as light as possible. There is nothing worse than wearing a thick layer of foundation and powder on your face when you are sweating. For one, it feels horrible on your skin and all you want to do is wipe it off – and it also doesn’t exactly look flattering in person. The best option is using a tinted moisturiser, concealer and maybe a light layer of powder to keep it set throughout the day. NARS* do a lovely range of tinted moisturisers, as does Laura Mercier*.
If you are self-conscious about your skin and feel like you wouldn’t be comfortable just in a tinted moisturiser, try using a concealer that matches your skin tone, on the areas you are anxious about and then applying the tinted moisturiser on top. Not only is this going to look more natural but it also won’t feel heavy on your skin. A great concealer for spot concealing is the NARS Soft Matte Concealer – the coverage is amazing and it doesn’t feel heavy. The key is matching it as close as possible to your skin tone so when you put your tinted moisturiser over the top it blends smoothly.
I would try and stay clear of heavy powders to set your foundation, as throughout the day they can tend to look pretty cakey, especially if the weather is hot. I absolutely love cream highlighters when trying to get that natural glowy skin. Cover Fx Illuminating Drops* and Glitter Drops are absolutely perfect for getting that wet skin look. And to set everything in place, an oldie but a goodie, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder*. Not everyone likes a matte finish so you can just apply a light layer and spray with some setting spray to keep that dewy look. A setting spray will soak up any excess powder and help the makeup last longer on the skin.
Glamglow also does a travel-sized glowy setting spray* which would be perfect to pop in your makeup bag.
Mascara & Brows
Brows and lashes are always great to focus on when doing simple makeup looks. For a festival, you will most definitely need to invest in a waterproof mascara and a brow gel to make sure they stay put throughout the day. L’Oréal Paris False Lash X Fiber Xtreme Resist Waterproof mascara* is an amazing mascara I picked up from Boots recently. It doesn’t flake off like many fibre mascaras do, and it holds a curl in my lashes all day. The fibres really give your eyelashes that false lash effect, without actually having to apply false eyelashes.
Not everyone likes to fill in their brows but if you do then you are going to want something that isn’t going to melt off half way through the day. When I’m looking to have brows that look good and last all day my go to is the NYX Tame & Frame Eyebrow Gel*. Applied with the right brush (such as the Zoeva Wing Liner Brush*) this can really make your brows look amazing. One thing I like about the formula is it doesn’t stay greasy and it dries down – and once it’s dry, it does not budge.
I know on Instagram and YouTube you always see such amazing makeup looks which beauty bloggers have created for festival looks, but in reality, if you are staying in a tent with crap lighting and a small mirror, you may struggle to create one of these detailed looks. In your makeup bag, take an eyeshadow palette that contains a mirror and some nice transition shades just to quickly blend into the crease – to give your eyes a bit of dimension. You can use any palette in your collection but for an example, the Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow Palette* has a nice big mirror and plenty of shades to do a simple shimmer eye look. If you would prefer something bright then NYX do an amazing palette, Ultimate Palette – Brights*. It is super pigmented and blends out like a dream, you will never need another colourful palette.
Festival glitter makeup
The best way to make your makeup stand out at a festival is to use plenty of glitter! Keep it simple for the rest of your makeup so your face doesn’t feel caked and then cover it with gemstones and glitter. You’re going to want to get your makeup done as quickly as possible, so applying individual gemstones to your face might not be ideal. The Gypsy Shrine* face gems are perfect if you want some quick glamour put into your makeup look – there are so many different styles and even body gems if you really want to stand out! Rather than sticking on individual gems, you simply apply as one sheet of gems for a brilliant look in seconds. Pairing them with some chunky glitters can really make you look like you have put lots of effort into your makeup.
To finish the makeup off pair your look with a beautiful bright lip to make your makeup really stand out and impress the crowd. Just don’t forget to take it with you in your bag to top it up! If brights aren’t your thing then you can always wear a peachy summer pink. That would go with any makeup glitter look you decide to create. Some of my favorite matte lipsticks are the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks*, the name gives it way. Extremely long wearing and the colour pigmentations are beautiful.
With these you could easily pull off a beautiful makeup look within 20-30 minutes, depending on how detailed you want it. I will be posting lots of simple makeup looks perfect for the festival season and a few complicated ones if you really want to go all out. I ain’t judging, I’ll be going over the top too! I hope this blog post makes it easier for you to achieve your perfect festival look. Stay tuned for festival makeup looks on my channel – I’ve got so many ideas for you guys!
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