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The Beauty Edit: Luxe Festival Essentials

The Beauty Edit: Luxe Festival Essentials

In our books, an absence of plumbing is no reason not to look and feel our best. Even if your favourite silk slip dress won’t quite survive the ordeal of being packed in a rucksack, you can be sure your beauty essentials and accessories will. There’s nothing like a pair of chic sunglasses or a structured shoulder bag to defy the inevitable creases of a life lived out of a bag. On that note, the right beauty and skincare essentials will ensure you maintain your glow even after a few heavy nights and in spite of the lack of a bathroom cabinet. Whilst glitter is obviously a staple of any festival beauty kit, we find that we need something a little more robust to hide the sins of the previous night. From plumping skincare to light-reflecting highlighter, these are products to pack in your Valentino handbag for a weekend of hedonistic fun.

HANDBAG ESSENTIALS

When you’re out at a festival, potentially miles from your tent, heaving crowds and extreme disco-ing call for a quick refresh every now and again. First, there’s nothing quite as revitalising as a luxe facial mist. Diptyque’s (diptyqueparis.co.uk) pocket-sized infused facial water smells divine and will leave you feeling revitalised. To keep your skin hydrated, Sisley’s (sisley-paris.com) Confort Extrême Nutritive Hand Care will combat the drying quality of hand sanitiser and rough soap. Equally, luxury Hungarian brand Omorovicza’s (omorovicza.com) Perfecting Lip Balm will nourish, hydrate and plump dry lips. Top up your makeup with Charlotte Tilbury’s (charlottetilbury.com) brilliant Instant Look In A Palette – with pigment-enriched, luminous powders for face, cheek and eyes, it’s the perfect makeup travel companion. Finish with a sweep of Charlotte’s lipstick in any shade. We love this exclusive HOT LIPS KIM K.W. shade of pale nude pink that suits every skin tone. All will fit very nicely in your playfully embellished Valentino Rockstud. Party on.

SKIN SAVIOURS

Extreme partying has its repercussions. It’ll take its toll on your skin, leaving it dry, dull and lifeless. So even if your outfit is looking fresh, your face could probably use a little extra help. Scrub with an energising mask, and then kick back on your glamping stool for 15 minutes with the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Dry Sheet Mask. It’ll hydrate, brighten and smooth your poor parched skin – a mini-facial at a festival. Spritz a little of Aurelia’s (aureliaskincare.com) deliciously natural Brightening Botanical Essence on to energise, and use a re-plumping face cream, like Sisley’s decadent Black Rose Skin Infusion to promote the skin’s radiance. Protect yourself from the sun with Sisley’s super luxurious milky body mist in SPF 30, and replenish your body’s moisture with Aurelia’s transformative and non-sticky body serum. It’ll soften and soothe, and smells delicious too – perfect for getting legs in tip top shape ready for a dress or skirt.

IN THE BEAUTY BAG

Distract everyone from your hangover with a face that looks lit from within, courtesy of Guerlian’s (guerlain.com) L’Or Radiance Concentrate primer (that contains real gold flakes) and Hourglass’ (hourglasscosmetics.com) Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder – it’ll give you a naturally luminescent highlight to the skin, lifting it out of the dull depths of a hangover. Armed with the brightening powers of the primer and highlighter, you can quite literally carve the shadows out of your face – fairwell bags. That and a wide-eyed look made possible by the Hourglass Modernist, light-reflecting eyeshadow and Guerlain’s lash-lengthening mascara and you’re set. Unless you're really struggling, in which case a pair of chic designer shades should help.

HANDBAG ESSENTIALS

Festival hair starts before you get there. Whether washing your hair yourself or going to the stylist, if you are prone to a greasy scalp, forego the conditioner – it’ll stave off the need to wash it again. Instead, apply a healthy dose of Bumble and Bumble’s (bumbleandbumble.com) hair tonic after washing. It will moisturise, detangle and get hair ready for styling without adding unnecessary residue. Likewise, if you have hair that only requires weekly if not more infrequent washing, apply a creamy mask the night before you leave. For many, dry shampoo is a must. Unfortunately, a lot of high street versions will suck almost all of the moisture from your hair, leaving it tangled, brittle and dry. Oribe’s ( oribe.com) Gold Lust Dry Shampoo absorbs oil and impurities whilst soothing the scalp and softening the hair – it’s a revolution. It’s also great for texturising plaits. Whether you’re lucky enough to not need a wash or you’re planning to have your head under the faucet come day two, if the sun is shining (should you be so lucky), then a little moisturisation will go a long way to preventing breakage and dryness. Oribe’s Supershine Light Moisturising Cream will keep hair hydrated without weighing it down or making it greasy. A festival dream.

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