Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Look Your Best At The Fest - Summer Festival Beauty Guide

Following on from The Tiny Atelier Summer Festival Fashion Guide here's a look at the beauty essentials that should make up any festival goers kit.

If you're wanting a pre-fest tan I'd highly recommend St Moritz spray (around £3 - available from TJHughes, Bodycare, Home Bargains and online here). I've tried multiple tanning products of varying price points with huge variants in success but St M has always delivered an even tan and is super easy to apply due to the product going on coloured (so you'll be well aware if you've missed a spot). It also comes in a mousse formula which is just as good but the spray leaves you with a more natural glow that will easily last for a long weekend.

TIP: For application I'd recommend standing in the bath or shower and DEFINITELY use a mitt!
For the festival itself you need a collection of products that are both multi-functional and easy to apply. I think we can safely assume that any 3 step cleansing routine is out the window so for whipping off make up and dirt at the end of a long day go for face wipes to do the job in double quick time. ROC cleansing wipes are pricier than most, at £6, but thoroughly clean off even waterproof make up, are alcohol free so leave your skin feeling moisturised and the textured wipe acts as a light exfoliator. I have sensitive skin and have never had any sort of reaction or flair up with ROC.
TIP: Keep your eyes peeled for the Boots free with purchase £5 off vouchers now and stock up before the festi-season really kicks in!
Another fantastic all-rounder of a product is Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream. Again it's more expensive than say Vaseline (£25 from Boots) but you definitely get your money's worth (I've had mine about 6 years and it's still going strong). Use as a lip balm, moisturiser, sunburn soother and to tame flyaway hairs. I've got friend's addicted to this after letting them try mine as it's results are amazing.

Obviously you'll have packed your SPF of choice but using a heavy body sun protectant on your face can lead to blocked pores and break outs. Instead, go for a product tailored for facial skin but with a slight tint meaning you can skip on base...

Clinique's City Block is SPF20 and also acts as a make-up primer, leaving a light trace of colour. This is the BEST sun block I have ever used and for someone who wears foundation all the time it's a pretty big thumbs up that I've never felt I needed to after using it. You can also buy this product in a SPF 40 (Super City Block) both for £15.50.
So, even with your bronzed skin you may still want to rosy glow on your cheeks. Clearly you can't be packing your MAC brushes so try a gel blusher which can also double as a lip tint...

Topshop's Lip & Cheek Tint in Bitten Berry (£7) is a translucent cherry red gel formula which doesn't feel drying and is fool proof to apply. A little goes a long way, so use sparingly.

TIP: Make sure you've got a face wipe ready to clean your fingers - remember this is a stain!
Unless you've found your holy grail mascara already (it's taken me at least a decade) try Boots 17 Wild Curls Mascara (£6.29)...
Available in Wildest Black, Black & Brown I'd plump for Waterproof Black (the non waterproof versions have a tendency to smudge throughout the day) for a non clumpy slick of colour that won't budge.
With limited make-up application time and lack of a full length mirror and tools, skip the eyeliner. But if you still want a little colour on your lids go for easy to apply neutrals...
Urban Decay's Half Baked (£13) is a great nude with a hint of shimmer. The 'subway token' packaging is also nice and sturdy so there's little chance it'll shatter at the bottom of your bag.
For a little touch of glamour, why not take tips from Lily Allen who goes all out on the eyes when it comes to her Festival performances...

Topshop Crayon in Zephyr £8.50
Boots 17 Glitter Eye Shadow in Gold Digger £3.89

Barry M Glitter Eye Crayon in Silver £4.59

Barry M Super Soft Eye Crayon in Matt Blue £3.99

Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow in Argent Pailette £6 (online at ASOS)

Please note: all items recommended are not sponsored links but are based on personal usage of the specific product or brand.

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