beauty: female festival survival

festival beauty


It’s been a good 4 or 5 years since I set foot at a festival – I think Glastonbury 2009 was my last foray, when I was a mere 21 year old. I did my fair share as a teen and early twenteen, one Reading (…Christ), but mostly good old Glasto. With the Isle Of Wight fest gracing us in a matter of days, I thought I’d put together my brief survival guide and what got me through my festival days. My biggest fear was the lack of hygiene facilities, but I always managed to battle through and look fairly okay in the photographic evidence of a hectic weekend, so I thought today I’d share some of my festival tips for make up and hair, and maybe a bit of hygiene thrown in.


First up – hair. I’m not a wash and go girl – when my hair is left to it’s own devices, I am beyond the Hair Bear Bunch. My tactic was to wash my hair with 2 goes of the shampoo, and minimal conditioner at the last possible point before leaving for the festival. I’d straighten it and use zero product, sleep with it in a loose bun using a scrunchie whilst at the festival itself and power through the weekend with minimal fuss. Come days 3/4, it’d need tying up but with all these cute milkmaid braid styles around at the moment, that needn’t be a problem. There’s no way I could wash it with a bottle of water over the weekend (you are VERY lucky if you can!), so I’d bust out the dry shampoo and grin and bear it. Yes it would kink up as the weekend went on, but all in all, it tended to behave.


Next for me was keeping my face fresh and clean to avoid nasty outbreaks and general grossness. I’d always take a flannel, a cleanser and a big bottle of water to give my face a proper wash morning and night. Facewipes don’t cut it for me, and although I’d use them to take off the bulk of my make up, I really did benefit from a proper soap and water wash.


Keeping hydrated and safe in the sun is key, so I’d always have my facial moisturiser (which contains an SPF) with me as well as some sort of spot treatment should I pick up any nasties on my travels. That aside, I stuck to the babywipes (and perhaps a quick armpit wash with the soap and water) for other kinds of freshening up and dealt with it.


For make up, it needs to be quick and effective. Perching on a fold out stool whilst an impatient boyfriend holds a flip out mirror isn’t fun so I’d keep things light. Back then, BB creams didn’t exist so it would’ve been concealer alone or a tinted moisturiser and a dash of powder. For the eyes, a slick of long lasting liquid liner and a pop of mascara followed by the tiniest sweep of blush.  You want minimal brushes so keep products cream based if you can! If you’re in it for the fun, take some glitter and face paints, maybe a fancy purple liner if you’re that way inclined, but festivals are not the time for immaculate make up and full coverage foundation. They’re usually hot, a bit wet and too much fun too be fussing!


If I were to pick some festival products now, they’d be:


– Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo (to use before)

– Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm (travel size)

– Bog standard Primark flannel (or two)

– The Body Shop Tea Tree Facewipes

– Mini Bioderma (and a few cotton pads)

– La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+

– Tea Tree Oil

– Elizabeth Arden BB Cream

– Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer (does the job for undereyes and spots)

– Mac Mineralize Skin Finish Natural

– Eyeko Skinny Felt Tip Liner (this stuff does not budge!)

– Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara (…nor does this)

– Illamasqua or Maxfactor Cream Blushes

– ELF Studio Make Up Mist and Set (to refresh)


Happy festival!

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