Festivals are back with a bang after a near two year hiatus – and we can’t wait to get the party started.
Sunny days spent with friends, sinking pints of cider while watching the world’s best bands – what could be better? Well, access to running water, a proper bed and a dressing table would be nice, but hey – where’s the fun in that?
The good news is that you can still rock killer beauty looks day and night with a little clever packing in your beauty bag. We’re talking travel-sized heroes, double duty beauty and super-hydrating lotions to give you a look that’ll rival whoever is playing on the main stage.
As well as our tried and tested must-haves, beauty brands are celebrating the return of live music and camping with exciting new palettes, lipsticks and face gems to help you look your festival finest. Neon colours, super bright pigments and eco-friendly beauty essentials that promise to stick to the festival motto and leave no trace.
We’ve gathered the best below to help make packing for your festival a breeze.
Milk Makeup Tattoo Stamp
Low effort, high impact is the key to nailing festival beauty. Look like you’ve made more effort than you have with Milk’s genius tattoo stamp – there are a few designs but the peace sign feels most fitting for a festival. Add over the top of your makeup look and tuck into your bumbag, ready to make your mark on friends new and old.
Buy now £12.00, Cult Beauty
Huda Beauty Colour Block Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette – blue and green
Huda Beauty is bringing all the summertime vibes with two new palettes for the season. Offered in retina-searing shades of blue and green or orange and purple, there are nine shades to help you build your festival eye look. Use the creamy mattes to create your base and finish with sparkly metallics and shimmer hues. One pan includes a shadow that you can use as a liner when activated with a wet brush.
Buy now £27.00, Cult Beauty
Moon Glitter Biodegradable Eco Chunky Glitter
The fastest way to hide the effects of late nights and those dark circles? Until you’re back in your own bed, glitter is your beauty BFF (that’s Best Festival Friend). While traditional sparkles are made from plastic, new gen glitters are making it possible to glimmer guilt-free. Moon Glitter’s option is made from plant cellulose film, which not only feels softer on skin but is biodegradable too. This set contains eight loose glitters in a rainbow array of colours plus glitter fix gel to hold it all in place.
Buy now £19.99, Amazon
Shrine Pink Floral Transfer Tattoos
Whether you want to hide the bruises you’ve collected from falling over tent guy ropes, or you just fancy a different look for your limbs over the festival weekend, Shrine’s selection of watercolour-style temporary tatts has your transformation in the bag.
Each sheet contains a selection of six whimsical designs, which can be applied alone or layered on top of each other for a statement look.
Top tip: Snip them out with scissors at home before you head off for even faster application.
Buy now £6.50, Shrine
Makeup Revolution Shadow Bomb Cream Eyeshadow Charmed Lilac
Strong eye makeup can gloss over anything, and it needn’t take hours in front of the mirror either.
Even your hangover-fuddled brain will be able to manage a head-turning look with these little colour bomb in your festival beauty arsenal. Offered a selection of six tones, high octane colour is ready to swipe across your waiting eyelids with the help of the little applicator brush.
Dab on and wait for it to dry before adding another layer to dial up the impact. Finish with a graphic eyeliner and boom! You’re done.
Buy now £6.00, Revolution Beauty
Lipstick Queen Frog Prince
Gentle colour with the hydration of a lip balm, you’ll always find a tube of Lipstick Queen in our handbag. The shade-shifting range is available in all sorts of bullet colours and finishes, but one of the most popular is Frog Prince, which looks a reptilian green but transforms into a universally-flattering fairytale pink once it’s on your smackers. Colour is sheer enough to apply without a mirror, making the perfect festival hero to apply on the go.
Buy now £18.99, Amazon
Barry M Cosmetics Hi Vis Neon Matte Pigment – Static 2g
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a confident swagger and a high-vis jacket can get you in almost anywhere. Barry M’s electric yellow pigment may not guarantee backstage access, but you’ll feel like the star of the show wearing such a sharp colour. It works best wet, so dab a brush into some water and let your creativity loose on your lids, cheekbones, lips – wherever needs the light.
Buy now £3.99, Lookfantastic
Tata Harper Vitamin-Infused Cream Blush in Lucky
When every inch of space counts in your festival kit bag, it pays to have a multi-tasking beauty product on board.
While on the pricier side, Tata Harper’s cream blush is a little pot of magic, not only adding a flush of colour to lips, cheeks and lids but also fighting free radicals with the help of antioxidant-rich flower oils and 14 high-performance botanical ingredients. Not only does it help you look good, it does good for your skin too.
There are seven satin-finish shades to choose from, but peachy-with-a-golden-tint Lucky is the perfect hue to enhance skin kissed complexions. No mirror? No problem, the gold-coloured screw top offers a perfect reflection.
Buy now £37.00, Content Beauty
Fenty Fairy Bomb Shimmer Powder
You’ve not experienced real shine until you’ve tried Fenty’s loose shimmer powder. The tiny pot contains particles of heavily pigmented iridescence which acts like a spotlight on your face. Brush it over the places where the sun would naturally hit – cheekbones, bridge of nose, the Cupid’s Bow above your lips, collarbones – and get ready to glow.
Buy now £24.00, Harvey Nichols
RoC Multi Correxion Hydrate + Plump Serum Capsules x 30
Leave your expensive lotions at home where they’ll be safe from mucky fingers. Instead, sling RoC’s serum capsules into your beauty bag to feed your face instead. Each one contains just the right amount of hyaluronic acid to plump skin back to health and make it look as though you’ve had a solid eight hours sleep. What’s more, the light blue capsules are 100 per cent biodegradable so they can go in your recycling rubbish bag when you’re done.
Buy now £35.99, Feel Unique
Face Halo The Modern Makeup Remover Original – 3 Pack
It’s all good and well crafting the perfect festival look, but what about when it’s time to go to bed? Don’t forget all your well-forged beauty habits; remove makeup quickly and effectively with a damp Face Halo cloth.
This pack contains three and works with just water on even sensitive skin and with stubborn makeup. The reusable clothes are the ultimate in sustainable beauty and once washed, can be reused up to 200 times each.
A far better environmentally-sound option than trying to find a sink in a half-dark field.
Buy now £14.40, Lookfantastic
Eyecha vegan eyelashes
The days of wasteful single-use strip lashes are gone thanks to Eyecha’s lashes, handmade from up to 60 per cent recycled materials and good to reuse up to 15 times.
Apply them as you would a regular set: wait for a thin layer of glue to go slightly tacky before carefully pressing above your lash line paying particular attention to the inner and outer corners. When it’s time to remove them, keep them in a little box and carefully peel off the lash glue with tweezers so that they’re ready for their next wear. Available in seven volumising styles.
Buy now £7.99, Superdrug
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo
Living Proof’s OG dry shampoo is beloved by industry experts the world over. Unlike any product before it, this was created to actually clean hair, and not just cover up greasiness. Trying to give your rinse shampoo a run for its money, it has become a game-changer for lazy beauty lovers everywhere and a solve for any quick fix needs where it comes in a variety of sizes so you can keep one in every location – be it your travel bag, desk, or bedside table. There is also a unique time-release fragrance to leave a fresh scent throughout the day.
Buy now £20.00, lookfantastic
Original beautyblender foundation sponge
This is the original, game-changing makeup sponge that is still as popular today as it was when it launched to the masses. When it was first unveiled, it was a one-of-the-kind tool that has spun endless riffs by brands all around the world. It is beloved by makeup artists, celebrities and casual makeup wearers alike for its soft foam construction that simplifies the blending process. The vibrant pink colourway means you’ll always be able to find it when you need it.
Buy now £17.50, Selfridges
Fudge Professional Leave In Conditioner
Fudge Professional is one of the best budget-friendly hair brands out there for delivering a powerful dose of nutrients. This spray treatment is an effortless-to-apply leave-in conditioner without any of the fuss of washing your hands after application.
Ideal for softening and smoothing tangled, dull and dry hair, Fudge’s One Shot conditioning treatment is formulated with guarana (a plant that’s rich in caffeine) and hydrolysed wheat proteins, which protect your hair against heat and environmental stressors. The lasting result? Locks that are stronger, calmer and more-together than ever before. Hair goals and life goals, too.
Buy now £12.95, Beauty Bay
Garnier Ambre Solaire UV Water Clear Sun Cream SPF30 Mist
If you are looking for a barely there, lightweight veil that still offers high level protection, the new Garnier Ambre Solaire mist may be the one.
It has a non-greasy and non-sticky formula that will protect your skin from the potential dangers of sun exposure. The light, airy mist is water resistant and absorbs invisibly into the skin. The mist offers an instant cooling hit of hydration and includes Aloe Vera Water in the formulation to moisturise while soothing your skin.
It can be applied to face but should first be sprayed into your hands.
Buy now £7.00, lookfantastic