Festival faces at the ready! [Jason Lloyd Evans]
With Glastonbury just around the corner, it’s time to round up your festival beauty wardrobe. But with so many trends to trial, from tie-dye nails to colour-clashing eyes and flurries of freckles, we’ve rounded up some inspiration in the form of our favourite festival tribes. All you need to do is pledge your allegiance to one - and remember to pack your sun cream.
1. Circus Girl
Pair it with: Doc Martins and oodles of attitude.
The Look: Clashing Colours, day-glo make-up and experimental braids. Whip out your inner raver and prepare to showcase all sorts of office- inappropriate looks. A little bit Venice Beach, a lot ‘circus runaway,’ and with some art student thrown in for good measure, this movement will have you colour clashing and wearing glow-in-the-dark anything. ‘Set bold colour accents against simple fresh skin and just don’t be scared,’ explains Topshop Makeup Artist Hannah Murray.
When it comes to your hair, give classic styles a point of difference with an extra a twist here or a plait there. “Adding a braid or three lends a carefree element and gives each girl an individual personality,” explains Shon, the stylist behind the Holly Fulton hair.
But beware this is a high maintenance look: Do NOT under any circumstances fall asleep with your face on, and forget swigging pear cider when wearing that two-tone pout for fear of seriously unglamorous results. You have been warned!
2. Surf Angel
Pair it with: Cut-off shorts and your bikini.
The Look: Natural skin and hair meets punchy pastels. This low-key gal knows exactly how to lend her sporty, effortless style an extra dose of festival-fabulousness, adding painterly patches of lilac, mint, turquoise and yellow to her healthy, pared-back skin and hair. “Take inspiration from kid’s play,” explains Tom Pecheux, A-list make-up artist. “Forget brushes and instead use fingertips to create a vivid but smudgy finish on clean, fresh, innocent skin.”
For evening, pair this look with a sporty rope pony like session stylist Orlando Pita did at Antonio Berardi. “Pull hair into a sleek pony, divide the tail in two and twist each section, before weaving into a rope and securing with an elastic band,” he explains. What’s not to love?
3. Rock and Riviera
Pair it with: Chandelier earrings and bold prints.
The Look: Deep golden skin and silk headscarves a-plenty. If you are famous for doing whatever it takes to shower twice daily at a festival and couldn’t possibly wear a welly, then you are most likely a Rock and Riviera girl. Look to the glowy, groomed, glamorous girls stalking the catwalks at Dolce and Gabbana and Marc by Marc Jacobs last season for your inspiration.
“These are fresh, young, modern beauties,” explains make-up artist Pat McGrath. “Load bronzed skin with sheer layers of blusher on the cheek and brow bones for a glamorous but deceptively natural-looking finish,” she adds. Oh, and be sure to wrap that swishy (no doubt freshly washed) hair with one of this season’s printed scarfs for your very own touch of the Riviera.
4. Festival Bumpkin
Pair it with: Slouchy dungarees and anything tie-dye.
The Look: Haystack hair and flurries of freckles. If you find yourself feeling more at home in rural surroundings than the city, are fond of a romp in a haystack and once rode a tractor while on holiday in the West Country, we have just the festival face for you in the form of one of summer’s biggest beauty trends. Fresh, flushed, outdoorsy beauty is a big beauty trend for festivals- think country-bumpkin style freckles, ruddy, low-slung blusher, bushy brows and wild, backcombed hair.
“These are rural, Holly Hobbie-esque girls who have been out fishing all day,” explained make-up maestro Val Garland. Cute ot what? Use a selection of brow and lip pencils and eyeshadows to draw on random chaotic dots, then blot with tissue for a slightly smudged effect. Oh, and be sure to give your unbrushed hair some extra oomph with a styling product like Redken’s Wool Shake 08 Texturiser, £15.30, too.
Additional words by Rose Beer. All images from Jason Lloyd Evans.