How To Master The French Braid
A healthy, glowing complexion is the number one summer beauty look. It’s important not to go overboard with the highlighter and end up looking greasy, which can be tricky at a hot, crowded festival. "Skip cream or liquid highlighters in favour of a powder formula, and don't apply it to larger areas, like the apples of cheeks or bridge of your nose. Use a small brush to dab it on the top of your cheek bones and keep your stroke around one inch. Estée Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée has a super fine pigment and gives a dry sheen to the skin" Says Nick Barose, Celebrity make-up artist
It’s all well and good saving flat (verging on greasy) hair with a spritz of dry shampoo, but when you’ve been using it for a few days, your hair could end up looking a bit frazzled. To lock in lost moisture and help detangle we recommend Percy & Reed’s Dry Conditioner, which comes in a handy travel size. If you find your unruly locks are beyond the point of taming, it’s usually time to whip out the headpiece. “My top tip for festival hair is to invest in a headscarf. Retro is in and it doesn't get more vintage than this - it's the perfect cover up!” Tom Hart, GHD Creative Educator.
A number one tip of supermodels far and wide for clear, glowing complexions and lots of energy is to drink water religiously. In the words of Queen Delevingne “"I keep myself going by trying not to drink too much, drinking water and eating healthily”. We know alcohol drinking (in moderation) is more or less guaranteed at any given festival, but we’re challenging you to have at least one glass of water for every two alcoholic drinks – stay hydrated ladies!
It’s always the same story. You spend hours perfecting your polish and standing around like a scarecrow until your nails are bone dry, then wave your arms around for five minutes and a festival and hello chip. This isn’t the end either, it’s only a downwards slope from here. The Grazia beauty solution? Nail wraps, of course.
A smudged red lip may have looked laid-back chic on the catwalk but let’s face it, at a festival it’ll end up looking downright grubby. The rise of the tinted balm is our simple solution for festival lips, so we can keep our pouts hydrated from day to night. Whether you opt for a subtle tint like Benefit’s new hydrating balms or a more obvious colour like Clinique Chubby Stick’s is up to you, just make sure to line your lips before for a fuller effect.
Kim Kimble, none other than Queen Bey’s hair stylist, has revealed some tricks of the trade for faking stage-worthy hair. 1. Plan ahead. This may seem simple enough, but many forget the three key handbag essentials – bobby pins, dry shampoo and texturizing wax. These products give leeway for getting stray hair out your face, refreshing the look or embracing your waves. 2. Have a failsafe hairstyle prepared – namely the braid. 3. Never go without hairspray.
We love a staple summer fragrance, but the bottles are often heavy a pain to lug around and the scents wear off far too quickly for a day to night festival event - cue Kai perfume oil. This Hawaiian inspired fragrance with a large celebrity following is small but mighty - apply to pulse points for an all over floral burst of Gardenia.
Although we’re reluctant to completely ditch the face slap at a festival, we’re willing to tone it down. Rather than layer on a heavy foundation, which is guaranteed to result in a full-on meltdown, we’re simplifying our products to a tinted primer, concealer and a dash of powder. The Murad Skin Perfecting Primer is a sure winner with its oil balancing and pore minimizing properties and a hint of colour to mask blemishes.
If the water glugging isn’t giving you the hangover kick you need and you’re longing for a mid-festival detox, we’ve got just the ticket. Sun Chlorella, a favourite of both Miranda Kerr and Victoria Beckham, is a supplement made from freshwater green algae. Each magical tablet will help your exhausted liver clean out all the toxins in your body, ready for your final leg of festival partying.
Festivals are great time to think outside the box a little when it comes to make-up and accessories and create looks to stand out from the crowd. This summer stock up on Face Lace temporary tattoos, Topshop glitter pots and craft gems – also very useful for covering an unwanted blemish!
If you’re packing off and heading to the greener pastures of England for some festival fun, it’s essential to have your most trusted hair and beauty products to hand. Us Grazia girls have rounded up some top beauty buys and tips for maintaining high standards of beauty in the most challenging of festival environments.
By Jasmine Contomichalos
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