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Festival beauty survival guide

April 8, 2015
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Nothing says summer like heading to a music festival, but the endless days of partying and sleeping in a tent can often leave you feeling slightly grimy and worse for wear. Whether you're headed to sun-soaked Coachella or camping out at Glastonbury, we take a look at the ultimate beauty hacks to keep you looking and feeling your best no matter how long you're dancing for.

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A few simple tricks can make your festival beauty routine so much easier

Use tinted balm

If you love lipstick but don't want to keep having to reapply, opt for a tinted balm instead. Not only will it give you long-lasting colour, but it will also keep your lips hydrated from day to night. Even better, an SPF balm will protect your lips from the sun's damaging rays.

Take minimal make-up

Double up how you use your products to save space. Blushers can act as lip colours, while wide lip pencils can be great alternatives to eyeshadow.

Drink water 

Dehydration can leave your skin looking dull and your hair going limp. Have at least one glass of water for every two alcoholic drinks you consume to keep your complexion glowing and fresh over the few days. Also, if you can, try and have a glass as the first and last thing you do each day.

drink water

Drink plenty of water to keep your complexion glowing

Use face wipes 

Let's face it, you won't have easy access to a bathroom each morning to carry out your beauty routine, but the dirt and grime from festivals can leave your pores clogged. Use cleansing and toning face wipes as a temporary solution to keep your skin clean and avoid breakouts.

Use suncream 

It can be easy to forget that, even at festivals in the UK, you spend hours and hours in the sunshine. If you don't protect your skin, you could seriously damage it so make sure to use suncream – a factor of at least 15 with UVA protection will prevent signs of ageing in the long run.

Avoid using too much foundation 

Rather than layering on foundation which can clog your pores and leave you feeling caked in make-up, opt for a tinted primer, concealer and a dash of powder for light but even coverage.

Plan hairstyles before leaving

Hair can be one of the most difficult parts of a festival beauty regime, so make sure you know exactly what styles you want before you go, and take the essential products you'll need, including hairspray, bobby pins and of course, dry shampoo.


Double up blusher as lip colour and lip pencil as eyeshadow to save space

Use nail wraps

If you want bright nails but don't want to keep having to top up the colour, try a nail gel or a nail wrap instead – these tend to last longer which means you won't have to spend the weekend worrying about chipping!

Bring headbands

If you're having a bad hair day or simply running low on dry shampoo, a headband makes a great cover-up for an ultimate festival chic look.

Protect your hair

Use sun protecting products to stop your locks becoming discoloured and dry. Try a spray for quick application, and after the festival give your tresses a boost with a replenishing masque.

Hide tired eyes 

Apply a pale shade of concealer to the top and bottom inner corners of your eyes, then blend out immediately to make them appear more wide awake.

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