The occasional burst of sun and the advent of festival season – surely the two indicators that summer has finally arrived? With Glastonbury just around the corner and a whole host of music, food and poetry festivals to follow I’ve rounded up the top ten beauty must-haves to keep you fresh and flawless, so skincare is the last thing on your mind in the mosh pit.
1. The make-up setter
Miles better than any setting powder I’ve ever tried. This mist is super refreshing and locked my make-up in place whilst making my skin subtly glow; make-up mishaps are a thing of the past.
Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Make Up Setting Spray, £19.50
2. The eye saver
Let’s be honest – festivals usually equate with little sleep and lots of booze, which take their toll on your peepers. Vital Eyes are always in my handbag as they gently soothe my eyes and really don’t sting (I swear!)
Vital Eyes Moisturising Eye Drops, £2.88
3. The skin superhero
Although I encourage you apply SPF to your skin everyday, during the hot summer months this is more vital than ever. Aside from the sun being the number one cause of aging, lobster peeling skin is never a good look and can seriously ruin your festival fun. I apply Neutrogena Daily Moisturiser every day as its hydrating, light weight and a great base for make-up, plus it contains SPF25 which is perfect for my fair skin.
Neutrogena Daily-Defence Daily Moisturiser SPF25, £7.99
4. The hair care
You kind of have to accept that your rigorous hair care regime will be compromised during your festival stay (queues for the shower are long and not particularly pleasant...) But that doesn’t mean you have to embrace a witches mop completely. I love Percy & Reed’s travel pack as it contains the essential dry shampoo/conditioner plus hairspray and even texturising spray. After five days camping my hair still felt strong and was still Facebook ready.
Percy & Reed Quintessential Quick Fix Travel Pack, £24.00
5. The cleanser
The ONLY cleansing wipes that don’t dry out my skin, Amie’s New Bloom wipes are so handy for camping and really do the job. Quick, easy, travel well AND will rid you of that Glasto mud.
Amie New Bloom Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes, £3.49
6. The brand
If there’s one cosmetic brand I trust not to smudge or fade, it’s Bobbi Brown and their Long-Wear range. The cream shadows and kohl eyeliners have amazing staying power. Remember festivals are the time to experiment and embrace colour, so be bold.
Bobbi Brown Long Wear, from £16.50
7. The sanitizer
Enough said? Aside from evaporating quickly and (most importantly) sterilising my hands, Aesop's rinse-free hand wash doesn't strip skin of moisture - and I used it A LOT. It’s not glamorous but it’s a must have.
Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash, £7.00
8. The just-in-case
So the chances of sun are slim, and perhaps SPF50 is a tad ambitious... But every so often the great British weather surprises us and SPF25 just won’t cut it. Elizabeth Arden’s iconic Eight Hour Cream combined with SPF50 is really lightweight and non-sticky, making it ideal for places easily forgotten by sunscreen – nose and ears in particular. Its small size is easy to stuff in your handbag and means you definitely won’t get caught out.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Defense Stick SPF50, £12.75
9. The deodorant
I love these wipes as they’re affordable and easy to transport, but act as effectively as my regular deodorant– so you can dance ‘til your heart’s content without the paranoia.
Halo Travel Deodorant Wipes, £1.20
10. The nail art
Stuck in a tent applying nail varnish is the last thing you want to be doing. Nail Rock’s funky designs
are surprisingly easy to apply and have great staying power. Nails are my ultimate accessory and I love animal print so this festival season I’ll be rocking Cyan Leopardskin among others!
Nail Rock, £6.65
So there you have my top ten festival must-haves. The most important thing is not to take your beauty look toooo seriously at festivals, let your hair down, experiment and always stay sun safe. Are you off to any festivals this summer?
Written by Alexandra Thompson