May 25, 2016

The Festival Survival Kit: What to Pack for a Festival

Whoever believed that beauty and festivals don’t mix was very wrong. Festivals are the perfect chance to experiment and get creative with your beauty looks. However, none of us are under the illusion that festivals are all clean and relaxing experiences. It can be tough with limited shower possibilities and a general lack of home comforts, but we don’t think this should stop girls from wanting to look their absolute best.

So, enjoy the music and mayhem with a little makeup too by reading below for tips on generating your own beauty survival kit and creating festival makeup ideas with the bare minimum.

First things first, for someone who wants to try a festival but doesn’t know where to go, we’ve compiled a list of the biggest festivals for you below. So do a little research from these and find which one offers music that appeals to your taste.




28-29 May

BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend

Powderham Castle, Exeter

4 June

Camden Rocks

Majority of venues located on Camden high-street

9-12 June

Isle of Wight

Seaclose Park, Newport

10-12 June


Donington Park, Derbyshire

11-12 June


Heaton Park, Manchester

22-26 June


Pilton, Somerset

8-10 July

T in the Park

Strathallan Castle, Perthshire

8-10 July


Finsbury Park, London

15-17 July


Victoria Park, East London

21-24 July

The Secret Garden

Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire

28-29 July

We are FSTVL

Upminster, East London

19-21 August

V Festival

Weston Park, Shropshire & Hylands Park, Chelmsford

25-28 August


Daresbury, Halton

26-28 August


Richfield Avenue, Reading

26-28 August


Bramham Park, Leeds

8-11 September


Downend, Isle of Wight

festival girl The Festival Survival Kit: What to Pack for a Festival

Now that you have decided on where you are going it is time to start thinking about creating your own festival beauty survival kit.

1. Festival Skincare

Before we get ahead of ourselves with makeup products, we think it is vital to remind you that makeup wipes are a big no-no! We know it’s tempting because they seem so easy and travel-friendly but they are too harsh on your skin and are likely to cause irritation. Find a skincare product that is dual-purpose; both cleanser and exfoliator as it won't be harsh on your skin but will minimise the amount of products you need to pack and will cut down your routine time when you are at the festival too!

We recommend: glo therapeutics Daily Polishing Cleanser

The Daily Polishing Cleanser is ideal for festivals due to its multi-purpose ability. Its unique powder formulation is perfect for any girl-on-the-go because it can turn into a multi-benefit cleanser and exfoliator with just a bit of water! The dry powder consists of a combination of Jojoba Beads, Salicylic Acid and a lightening agent made of natural amino acids to exfoliate the skin and leave it radiant and evenly-toned.

2. Festival HairFestival hair The Festival Survival Kit: What to Pack for a Festival

To minimise the use of dodgy showers, and having to wander around with wet hair, invest in a dry shampoo because it will become your best friend. Just spray in and brush out to keep greasy hair at bay. Plus, we advise keeping your hair out of your face and away from fidgety hands. The more you touch your hair, especially with grimy festival hands, the sooner grease will begin to take hold. Why not find some braid tutorials to get inspired and create pretty yet practical looks for fuss-free hair.

3. Festival Makeup

Learning how to get the most out of your makeup products is the key to festival makeup.


For your base, we suggest initially using an SPF since you’re going to be outside for long periods of time. A primer with SPF is excellent as it can both protect and prepare the skin for the long festival days.

We recommend: Tinted Primer SPF30

This multi-tasking product is perfect for the festival goer because it has everything you would need from a primer. It has a tint of colour for those who only want sheer coverage for their festival look, as well as SPF to guarantee protection from harmful UV rays. What’s more tripling up as a primer means that if you did want to add some extra coverage it would be the ideal base.


For your foundation, a powder formula foundation is ideal because it allows you to reduce the amount of extra products needed. For example, using a liquid foundation would most likely mean also needing a setting powder. However, with a powder foundation, a setting powder is not absolutely needed. (Plus, it has the least chance of making a big mess.)

We recommend: Pressed Base Powder For those who want more coverage, this powder is ideal on top of the Tinted Primer as its exclusive blend of antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea means that you would actually be nourishing your skin while getting long-lasting coverage.


For your brows, a simple pencil will do as it is easy for filling in any sparse hairs quickly and leave your brows looking naturally fuller.

We recommend: Precision Brow Pencil

This brow pencil’s mineral base with a versatile sculpting brush on the end provides a 2-in-1 product that shapes and blends. Its antioxidant blend of Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea extract also gives you a fast, natural-looking brow enhancement.

Festival makeup The Festival Survival Kit: What to Pack for a FestivalEyeliner

For those who want a unique and fun makeup look without too much hassle, a colourful eye pencil could be your best option as you can create winged liner looks or play with geometric shapes around the eyes (think Coachella). We recommend: Jeweled Eye Pencil

This pencil is small and practical with versatile colour options that can be used to create a bold liner look or have it smudged into the lid like an eyeshadow. You can also get the Jeweled Eye Crayon Box which gives you 4 pencils for a better price!


A waterproof mascara is an absolute essential in your survival kit. You never know with British weather as it may rain or it may be so hot that water fights ensue. Thus, a mascara that you don’t have to worry about running and giving you panda eyes is an obvious necessity.

We recommend: Water Resistant Mascara

A triple-purpose mascara such as the glo water resistant mascara is not just waterproof but also lengthens and volumizes the lashes, delivering high intensity, long-lasting, dramatic lashes. Perfect to make your eyes stand out.

Festival makeup lips The Festival Survival Kit: What to Pack for a FestivalLips

Your lips are the easiest way to stand out without the need for too many products. Spring/Summer is the perfect time to try bright new colours, from corals and pinks to red. Although keep in mind that the bold berry lip is the trend for Spring/Summer so you have even more shades to experiment with. However, there is the risk of chapped lips, so finding a lipstick that isn’t drying is ideal.

We recommend: Cream Glaze Crayon/Suede Matte Crayon

These crayons are excellent for both adding a long-lasting bright pop of colour to your look while also nourishing the lips. Whether you want more of a shine to your lips or prefer the matte look, you won’t have to worry about chapped lips because these crayons are very hydrating. What’s more, you could double-up one of these crayons as a blush by adding a few very light dots to the cheeks and then blending them with your fingers for a bit of colour to give you a blushing glow.

Getting Creative

If you fancy going that little bit further, a contour kit is excellent as both a contour and highlight palette (obviously) but also as an eyeshadow palette to create some warm smoky eyes!

We recommend: Contour Kit

This contour kit features four blendable and buildable powder shades to enhance features and create dimension. You can create a subtle glow or a striking statement with two darker bronzing shades and two highlight shades, one matte highlight to brighten and one shimmer shade to illuminate. What's more, you can use these dark shades to create a simple warm smoky eye with the addition of the lighter shades to brighten and add more dimension to your eye look.

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