With Glastonbury just around the corner, we bring you part two of our festival themed posts. We have put together a beauty survival guide containing tips, tricks and all the essentials you need before heading off into the fields this summer...
Planning and preparation is key when it comes to festival beauty. You can be certain there’s going to be late nights, loud singing and (lots of) alcohol so it is essential you plan and prepare for what your bodies are about to endure. We understand however, it can be hard to do this without over filling your bags with an abundance of products, so we have chosen a selection that will save space, money and most importantly keep you feeling fresh for longer.
One of the fastest and most efficient ways to ensure your festival toiletries bag is full proof and won’t let you down is to pick up a Soap & Glory’s Happy Glamper Kit. This survival kit covers all of the key areas when it comes to your festival beauty stash. It contains dry shampoo, face wipes, foldaway hairbrush, body spray, rain poncho, black eyeliner, and a nifty little lipstick – ALL of which comes in its own rucksack, perfect for transporting the products to and from those questionable festival toilet and wash areas.
Tip 1: Pack a mirror. The foldaway hairbrush in Soap & Glory’s kit does come with its own, but we think best to pack a compact one that can be kept on you at all times, you never know when it may come in handy!
Tip 2: Don’t take yourself too seriously, a festival is a time to relax, switch off from the outside world and embrace the environment around you so DO buy glitter, DO wear bright colours, and remember – everyone is in the same, muddy, boat! We recommend Topshop's £5 Face Glitter...
Tip 3: Lip-balm. There is nothing worse than the feeling of dry lips when there's no Carex or Vaseline in sight, so be sure to pack a moisturising lip product that will get you through. Plus, it can also be used as a quick repair for any unwelcomed dry areas of skin. We recommend this £5.99 PAW PAW Moisturising Balm...
Tip 4: BB or CC Cream. The last thing you want is to be spending time carefully applying your foundation in the morning. A good BB or CC Cream can moisturise your skin whilst providing coverage that doesn’t run the risk of appearing too heavy. (SPF coverage is generally higher in BB and CC Creams and so it will also provide you with that little added protection)
Tip 5: Embrace the braid. This hairstyle will be your best friend once the weekend starts to take its toll on your locks. The resilience of this style also means that you can sleep on it without it having to completely redo it in the morning – amazing!
If you’re struggling for inspiration in the beauty department at the moment, we’ve made things a little easier and gathered some of the best (and worst) of this summer’s beauty trends. Many of these trends have something in common; and that's a heavy throwback vibe to the eighties, prepare yourselves, some more subtle than others. This unsurprising ode to the eighties goes hand in hand with the ruffles and shoulder pad trend we are also seeing at the moment, a match made in heaven (or in the eighties).
The Bright Eye: This is a refreshing trend if you, like us, are a little tired of trying to recreate looks that contain more shades and brushes than the lovely Mona Lisa herself. One colour, one shade (the brighter the better), that’s all it takes. This statement look has been seen across catwalks from designers including Victoria Beckham, Jeremy Scott and Emilio Pucci, just to name a few.
Lipstick for the Cheeks: We are all about getting the most out of your money here at Caledonista HQ, which is why we love the (re)emerging trend of adding rouge to your cheeks – you say lipstick, we say blusher. Designers such as Kenzo and JW Anderson were leading this thrifty trick on their models during their shows earlier in the year (specifically, Nars shade Kiss Me Stupid was deemed most popular for this look). Similar to the previous trend (and similar to the eighties), the bolder the better on this one, and even experiment with applying it higher up on the cheekbones and temple areas for a full on retro vibe.
The Gorgeous Glow: On the contrary to the previous trends, and perhaps a little less intimidating, is the simple golden, glowing skin. This one suits all ages, all skin types, and all occasions and is a key summer look that can not only transform you physically but also make your skin appear brighter, happier and healthier. Are you sold yet? The foundations for achieving this is a well moisturised skin (we recommend the new Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow tinted moisturiser from the new #GLOWMO range to achieve this), followed by a highlighter of your choice applying liberally to your cheekbones, brow bones, upper lip and nose arch. Another way of helping to achieve this is by selecting blushers and bronzers that contain a slight shimmer in the formula just to help you on your way.
Fun Fingertips: This one Caledonista HQ is a little less convinced on, mainly because of the maintenance (or maybe because of the unwelcomed flashbacks of our 10 year old selves experimenting with bright green polish and rhinestones). Regardless, the trend has been seen perhaps the most widely across catwalks this year. For example, Marc Jacobs had the letters of his name painted on the models fingertips earlier in the year, along with Balenciaga who made sure each model had a little ‘B’ on their nails. This is an ideal trend if you’re heading to a festival this year, the perfect place to make a colourful statement (without the judgement of your office colleagues). Gucci was another brand that was seen showcasing this playful and artistic trend.