California’s most famous music and arts festival, Coachella, officially kicks off today – marking the start of festival season and getting us super excited for long summer nights, live music and tent dwelling. But with a festival environment comes a whole host of hair and beauty-related problems to overcome, so we thought we’d run through what we think the festival beauty essentials for this time of year are – and give our top tips on staying gorgeous despite being in the middle of a muddy field!

Festival bodycare

Without guaranteed access to showers, or even running water for that matter, the simple act of having a wash can be a bit difficult at festivals. The Ole Henriksen Truth To Go Wipes remove dirt and grime from the skin without drying it out, so these will be perfect for festival life especially as they also leave behind the brand’s signature citrus vanilla scent! And, provided you’re lucky with the weather, you’re going to need something like the Ambre Solaire Milk which has an SPF 20 as well as being a hydrating and nourishing moisturiser for your skin.

Festival make-up

Festival make-up needs to be kept simple. You will be drinking, laughing and singing far too much for anything high maintenance. Channel your inner Alexa Chung and rock winged black eyeliner, a simple base and a splash of sheer colour on your lips. The Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference BB Cream and Burt’s Bees Rose Tinted Lip Balm are perfect for this. Don’t forget as well, that when the time comes to collapse into your tent for some much needed rest, you’re going to need a batch of face wipes that are purely for taking your make-up off and allow you to simulate some sort of skincare routine, so go for the Elemis Fresh Skin Make-up Away Cleansing Wipes, because they remove make-up as well as softening and conditioning your skin.

Festival haircare

Washing your hair is another difficulty when it comes to festivals, so dry shampoo is a must and we love this Label.M Dry Shampoo one as it not only soaks up grease and oil, but it also works as a texturiser and creates a velvety-soft, matte finish. The ultimate bed-head chic in a bottle! And to really fake those beachy waves and make unwashed hair actually look good? Go for the Redken Fashion Waves 07; a sea salt-infused finishing spray which makes hair look effortlessly tousled.

Festival nails

Last but not least – nails. You need something that can withstand heavy festival life, that’s a given, but you also need to make a statement. We think the perfect solution are these Elegant Touch ET Envy Nail Wraps; you just pop them onto the nails without the risk of spills or smudges, and you have festival-ready, patterned nails for at least a week. Perfect!


Ole Henriksen Truth To Go WipesAmbre Solaire Milk SPF20Elemis Fresh Skin Make-up Away Cleansing Wipes 25 WipesElizabeth Arden Visible Difference BB CreamBurt's Bees Rose Tinted Lip BalmUrban Decay 247 Waterproof Liquid EyelinerLabel.M Dry ShampooRedken Fashion WavesElegant Touch ET Envy Wraps - Patterned     

So that’s our round-up of all the things you will need beauty-wise during festival season! Are you going to any?

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