|(Corrine Day for VOGUE 2005)
When you think of festival beauty you think dry shampoo, plaits, face paint and wet wipes. Oh, yes lots of wet wipes. But, when it actually came down to it – I realised I would actually need a whole lot more than that!
As just looking half-decent after a restless night with a toddler or endless late nights working means a whole host of anti-fatigue, flash balms and blusher tricks in the morning.
That I figured looking good when some of your basics – like you know, running water – may not be readily available daytime beauty was going to take some re-thinking.
I’ve read that there’s pamper parlours, showers and the like at Camp Bestival – I’m not sure I’ll actually want to queue, like the sharing aspect or even have the inclination to leave the tent if the weather turns yucky.
So, only products that were multi-tasking, did double duty or offered fast results need apply. Festival beauty has to be hard working – and more importantly they had be be worth the added weight.
So, I have complied a few essentials – and I mean essentials – for looking Festival Fabulous from morning till midnight.
FESTIVAL ESSENTIALS : FACE
Look wide awake even after a late night with
They’re Real! Mascara Benefit
Blotting away shine (even if you have no mirror to hand) and the mint is refreshing in the heat
Cooling Mint Blotting Papers Sephora
Flawless skin in a flash – this is a make-up must have!
CC Creme HD Erborian
For staying power day and night (hopefully)
Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner Stilla
Use on day one (or before you go) and know you’ll be soft for the whole weekend…
7 Day Moisture Miracle Oil Balm Sanctuary Spa
The prefect lip treatment – also works on hands/rough patches too
101 Ointment Lanolips
One product for a polished cheek and lip
Succulent Lip Twin (lip balm and lip & cheek tint) Pixi Beauty
The only waterproof and sweat proof colour for cheeks – don’t leave without it
Watercolour Fluid Blusher Daniel Sandler
Cleanses, calms and moisturises even on the move (means you can carry on dancing!)
In transit No Traces Cleansing Pads This Works
Brighten skin, clean off that face paint and refresh all in one go
Clean Skin 5-in-1 Water This Works
FESTIVAL ESSENTIALS : HAIR
If you’ve the luxury of a camper van microwave then this works wonders (warms in 30 secs) – otherwise use dry/cold. Just place on head and rub away dirt and go
Oasis Rinse Free Shower Cap Amazon
Colourful bands that look great in your hair and even better around your wrists…
Tress Ties Lottie London
Hello! A festival classic?
Original Dry Shampoo Instant Hair Refresh Batiste
Wouldn’t be the ‘summer of love’ without one..
Floral hair band H&M
If you do get to wash your hair you’ll be needing this for speedy drying – or use to really massage in dry-shampoo. Failing that makes a fabulous turban!
Micro fibre Hair Wrap Drying Towel Amazon
This lightweight paste helps grip braids and twists stay in place as well as making them look fuller and defined
Pronto Braid Paste Oscar Blandi
Don’t let the ‘dreads’ set in – be knot and tangle free with this handy travel version of the original
Compact Styler Tangle Teezer
Spray on at night, put hair in a top knot and wake with sultry beach waves (bonus it can be smoothed onto skin too!) – you may need to decant from the glass bottle but so worth it!
Beach Hair + Body Mist Love + Salt
FESTIVAL ESSENTIALS : BODY
Apply like a body lotion and you’ll feel cleansed, refreshed and cool It eliminates stickiness and sweat, drys quickly to a silk-smooth finish and means you’re ready in minutes.
Take a Grip! Dry Shower in a bottle Temple Spa
Apply to skin, massage to lift away dirt and then have a good towel rub down to remove. Genius.
Towel Off Waterless Body wash Pits & Bits
A handy little must-have- ensure you’ve a set on you at all times.
Tissue and wipe trio Good to Go Anywhere
Like thin slithers of soap that you can keep in your bumbag/pocket and even lather up with
bottled water if necessary as they melt away (and don’t harm the planet!)
Soap Leaves Lifeventure
This easy to apply stick version goes on clear and mess-free
Neutrogena Sunscreen Ultra Sheer Stick SPF 70 Amazon
Sprinkle into shoes or apply to feet and rub – instant cooling freshness
T for Toes Foot Powder Lush
The only deo I ever use – and you can even skip a day and still be sweat free!
Pure Fresh Anti Perspirant & Deodorant Stick 48hr protection Mitchum
The little beads in these brushes mean the feel of a toothbrush but with the ease of gum – chew and you’re done – no rinsing or water needed
Colgate Wisp Portable Mini- Brushes Amazon
Luxe rinse-free hand sanitiser that moisturises too (and leaves no sticky film)
Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash Aesop