Unforgiving rays of sunshine, tent life, sparse showers and omnipresent plumes of dust included, let’s face it: festivals don’t always lend themselves to the bouncy hair and glowing skin that Kate Moss would have you believe they do. When you slum instead of glam, coupled with copious amounts of booze, your beauty routine is bound to take a hit.
Forget that 10-step skin care and focus on the basics that can take your festival looks from day to night, here are some of your festival makeup and beauty must-haves to fake that 8-hour of sleep, hot shower glow.
Cop that freshly-showered feel with this versatile multiplayer. Rid yourself of all that festival gunk and grime as you wipe away the remnants of your all-nighter. Investing in moisturizing wipes is also a less-sticky alternative to your go-to body lotion. Though never a substitute for the joys of an actual shower, cleansing wipes—both for the face and body are your body’s best festival buddy.
Swapping sweat with strangers stinks, but you don’t have to. Make like the 24-hour party people and have your deodorant work for you 24/7. Invest in a high-performing deodorant that can withstand warm temperatures and won’t stain your clothes. Your deodorant can also double as an anti-chafe hack—perfect for clothes that hug you just a little too tight.
You might not feel amazing by day three, but still look the part by spritzing on some dry shampoo on your locks. Eliminate scalp grease and sweat and volumize your hair while you’re at it with just a dash of dry shampoo. After spritzing, let the dry shampoo sit in your hair for a few minutes before massaging it around.
Pro-tip: Load up on the dry shampoo before hitting the sack—this allows the dry shampoo to soak up the oils while you sleep.
Often known as a pointless skincare step, facial mists come into their own during festival season. Invest in a multifunction one that hydrates, cools, and offers protective skincare benefits such as anti-polluting, anti-bacterial, and anti-oxidant. Facial mists can also be used as a make-up primer as it breaks down makeup to avoid that cakey look we all love to hate.
Spray sparingly or daringly, it can be the difference between copping that Insta-worthy dewy glow and the sweaty alternative.
There are very rare occasions when, as a grown-up, it’s acceptable to wear glitter and one of those is at a festival. Invest in cosmetic-grade festival face glitter that will make you sparkle like a gem without making your skin go crazy. For festival glitter makeup beginners, add some subtle shimmer to your usual eye makeup using glitter liner. You can also mix a helping of glitter to your favorite body oil for that Greek goddess, lit-from-within look.
For a more daring festival glitter look, play around with loose glitter pigments in various shades and textures. Have glitter hair, there, and everywhere and get your hair in the glitter game. Hide your roots by brushing on some glitter gel along your part to deflect the haters. Set your eyebrows with a mix of loose cosmetic-grade glitter and hairspray then apply with a spoolie for slick eyebrows on fleek.
Jewels and Gems
Getting the jitters about using glitters? Go for face jewels instead! With the color combination and design already pre-picked for you, choose among a bevy of pre-set, pre-cut body gems. With festival face jewels becoming a festival favorite, be bold and confident and play around with designs that complete your skin tone, hair color, and outfit.
For a more playful take on highlighters, you can play up your best features with festival face gems. The wide range of design allows you to mix and match different cuts and designs to go with your festival OOTD.
The sweltering heat and camping conditions are sure to make your skin drier and thirstier than the desert itself. Pamper your skin even while out in the middle of nowhere by investing in sheet masks. Saturated in skin-perfecting nutrients and vitamins, say bye to dehydration and dryness and cop that dewy, glass skin glow.