Festival Beauty Essentials

Festivals are the perfect opportunity to try out an outfit or makeup look that is completely mad, gutsy, glittery, wild... I love that you can count on someone else being way more out there then you, so feel free to push the boundaries and experiment! 

I've written this post with weekend trips in mind but you can scale down accordingly.

Some things you don't need, persay, but you'll definitely want once there.

Whether it's day or night, at a music festival you can get away with wearing glitter; namely, the Urban Decay Moondust eyeshadows. They are soft and pigmented enough that you can just press your finger in to apply — these really do feel like creams. I have the color Space Cowboy, a versatile nude with silver sparkles. Use on the eyelids as prescribed or press them onto the tops of the cheekbones for a super sparkly look. If you are going to use glitter that isn't cosmetics grade be careful if you're using it near the eyes.

When you're singing along with the band you don't want to be worrying about whether your lipstick has migrated outside of the lines. Bring along a handful of bright long wearing lipsticks such as the Sephora Collection cream lip stains or YSL Glossy Stains. I wore the Sephora stain Mandarin Muse when Katherine and I attended Toronto's Bestival last month. It went on super smoothly and barely needed a touch-up after eating.

Stay cool and refreshed with a face mist; we like organic rose water or a simple Evian water spray. It refreshes your makeup and keeps your skin hydrated, but it's in the "nice to have" category because you can survive without. I've shown the Andalou 1000 Roses Floral Toner here.

Skincare is always important but especially when you're outside for a few days. If there was ever a time and a place to use face wipes, it's at a festival. I rarely use wipes but do have high hopes for the Yes To Carrots Yes To Cucumbers Face Cleanser Towelettes and Baléa Sensitive Facial Wipes. Let me know your favourites in the comments! I'd suggest also bringing a micellar water and cotton pads to more thoroughly cleanse the skin.

SPF, SPF, and more SPF! Bring along a body sunscreen (Katherine and I both prefer dry mist sunscreens) and a dedicated face sunscreen to avoid breakouts (I like the Vichy Idéal Soleil ultra-light lotion).

Bring along multitasking beauty products like the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, which heals skin and works as an amazing lip treatment. A multipurpose oil can moisturize whatever, or you can use it as a cleanser — just rub in then emulsify with water. I'm a fan of the NUXE Huile Prodigieuse, Caudalie Divine Oil, and plain ol' coconut oil. Concealercream colourkohl liner and mascara is more than enough in terms of makeup, and anything that doesn't need a brush is perfect. I'm a fan of the stila convertible colours for cheeks and lips.

Don't expect anything but ultra-low hair maintenance. Dry shampoo is your best friend, and we like the ones by Oscar Blandi* or Batiste.

Depending on how long you are at the festival for you'll want to have some of these other essentials with you: ibuprofen, earplugs, wet wipes, TP roll, deodorant, hair ties and bobby pins, pocket mirror, hand sanitizer... 

 Are you attending any music festivals this summer?