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How To Survive A Festival… And Still Look Glam!

Festival season is super exciting for any beauty lover, it gives us the opportunity to experiment with our looks and trial out bold and beautiful makeup that we possibly would shy away from on a day-to-day basis. However, after the first day, you can start to feel a little grubby and unhygienic. That’s why the girls here at HQhair have put together our top tips when it comes to how to survive a festival… And still look glam!

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How To Survive A Festival… And Still Look Glam

Make sure that you’re boho babein’ all festival long with HQhair’s top 10 festival beauty tips and tricks.

1. Tint Your Brows

Our first top tip when preppin’ for a festival is tint your brows! If you’re like the girls here at HQhair, then you’ll know full well that drawing on your brows can take time and effort, making sure that you achieve the perfect ‘fluffy, but not too messy’ eyebrow. So, when it comes to a festival, cut down your getting ready time and tint your brows in the comfort of your own home with Eylure’s Pro-Brow Dybrow Kit. Easy to use, this tint will provide you with a deep and rich, yet completely natural-looking colour.

2. Avoid Heavy Makeup

When at a festival, you’ll be on your feet for 8 hours+ per day, so eventually your makeup will start to melt off. Leave the full-coverage foundation at home and embrace your inner bohemian style and stick to a bit of tinted moisturiser and mascara! One our of absolute favourite tinted moisturisers is theBalm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturiser. Not only does this light weight formula even out your complexion and leave you with silky-looking skin, but it also contains SPF18, meaning that you’ll be shielded from harmful UV rays throughout the day.

3. Bring Multitasking Products

Carting around a heavy bag at the festival is the worst, so make sure that you only bring your beauty essentials and pack multipurpose products that can be used for more than one thing. Bring a concealer and use it as a cover stick and a highlighter; use your mascara on your eyes but also as a brow gel; pack a stain that can be used on both your lips and cheeks. For example, the Bellapierre Cosmetics Cheek And Lip Stain is the perfect product to bring along to a festival due to the fact that you can use it either as a lip balm or on the apples of your cheeks for a flush of colour.

4. Pack A Cooling Mist

No matter whether it’s rain or shine, festivals can end up getting hot and sweaty because of the amount of people packed into one place. To avoid feeling flustered, make sure that you pack a cooling mist in your bum bag so that you can freshen up throughout the day. The Pixi Vitamin Wakeup Mist is perfect for using in the morning and whilst you’re on-the-go. This orange blossom based spray is specifically designed to deliver a wakening effect – perfect for when you need a little pick-me-up throughout your day of dancing!

5. Blotting Paper = Your New BFF

During festival season, blotting paper will become your new best friend! At a festival, you can find that your skin produces excess oil and your face can end up looking a little bit on the shiny side. But, not to worry, because this is where blotting paper comes in handy. Simply bring along SAMPAR’s Mattifying Blotting Paper and instantly banish any unwanted oil from your face. This uh-mazing product will leave your complexion looking fresh and matte, whether you’re sitting around your tent or dancing in the crowds.

6. Apply Sun Cream

Especially here in the UK, sunshine is not always guaranteed at festivals. In fact, you can end up spending your whole week or weekend in torrential downpours. However, no matter what the weather, it is always important to apply SPF. Even if it seems like there is no sun in sight, the English summer is super unpredictable and it can go from grey and gloomy to bright and hot within hours. Pack the NUXE Sun Must Have Set for a cream that contains SPF 50 and a calming lotion for if you do accidentally burn.

7. Use Dry Shampoo

Festivals mean restricted access to showers and even if you are lucky enough to steal a space in one for 5 minutes, you usually will not have enough time to wash and condition your hair. This is why dry shampoo is an essential for festivals, as you can remove excess oil and residue from your locks, whilst adding volume and body. The gals at HQhair recently been obsessing over the Fudge Dry Shampoo, a waterless aerosol shampoo that works to cleanse and refresh hair in between washes.

8. Facial Wipes Are Everything

If you were going to bring just one beauty product to a festival then we would advise that you choose wipes! Yep, facial wipes are going to be your beauty saviour for a week away at a festival as they can be used to take off your makeup, keep yourself clean and remove any mud from your skin. The Yes To Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes (Pack Of 25) are ideal for festival season as these 3-in-1 wipes gently cleanse, remove all traces of makeup and deliver moisture to the skin… All in the convenience of one, handy wipe!

9. Wear An Eye Mask

Festivals are renowned for disrupted sleeps due to the busy crowds and the early sunrises. However, a simple trick to help you get a good rest is to pack an eye mask. Eye masks can block out sunlight, calm the mind and help to encourage a deep sleep. The Illuminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask not only helps with comfort, but also boasts other benefits to the skin! Infused with Cupron copper oxide, this innovative mask works to fight wrinkles so that you can wake up feeling restored and refreshed.

10. Bling It Up

Festivals offer anyone and everyone the chance to experiment with their look, whether it’s with a bright and bold outfit or a makeup look that is slightly daring. A simple way to make your festival outfit that little bit more glam is by painting your nails with a glitter polish. The Fruit Punch Glitter Special by Nailed London X Rosie Fortescue combines a range of purple, pink and white sparkles to create a glossy and glittery effect to the nail – a must-have for any festival-goer!

What is your top tip for anyone attending a festival this year? Let us know over on our Twitter!



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