I know we were really lucky to not have any rain or mud, but in true Brit style, I was able to find plenty of flaws with the sunny weather too.
The Saturday peaked at 32 degrees. That is HOT. It was definitely the most consistently hot I’ve ever been. Usually in that type of heat, I’d jump in a pool to cool off, or head to my air conditioned hotel room. Alas, neither of these were options and the showers were out of action, so instead I wore my bikini and flanneled myself down next to an outside sink with a cold tap. I can assure you; it was as glamorous as it sounds.
Skincare is the foundation for all things beauty, so my pre, during and post routines are as follows…
Body wise, I exfoliated, shaved and lasered before using Fake Bake Original Self-Tanning lotion which is always my go to as it never streaks. I also used First Aid Beauty Purifying Mask along with a heavy dose of Sunday Riley Good Genes the night before we set off. I used the original lactic acid formula which is now no longer available in UK & Europe (sulks).
If you are a Caroline Hirons worshipper (and if you’re not, you need to fix that) you will know that the only times make up wipes are excusable are for the 3 Fs – Fannies, Flights and Festivals!
With this in mind, I opted for a good quality wipes – Bioderma Sensibo but I knew they would still dry my skin out. Of an evening I’d use these to remove my makeup and then layered on Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb. I chose not to use any acid as my face was exposed to a lot of sun and I felt I could skip it for a few nights.
In the mornings I used ESPA Optimal Skin ProCleanse with a flannel and water as this is a 3-in-1 gel cleanser, exfoliator and mask. This was followed by a thick dose of Origins GinZing Ultra Hydrating Energy Boosting Cream and then my SPF. On the Sunday when I was really feeling the impact of the past couple of days, my angel of a friend doled out Skyn Iceland Hyrdro Cool Firming Eye Gels which are basically magic and made my eyes look normal again!
After long wear makeup, setting spray, minimum washing and wipes; my skin needed some TLC when I got home. After a shower and a proper face wash with Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser I layered Good Genes over this and then applied my Superdrug Naturally Radiant Eye Cream followed by a heavy dose of Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. I repeated this for the week but rotated Good Genes out for Alpha H Liquid Gold and January Labs Restorative Tonic Mist (which I wish I’d taken with me). Later in the week when I had a bath I used the Pixi Glow Mud Mask to try and balance the drying out and excess moisture. To top it all off, the Sunday after I had a full hour Elemis Superfood Pro Radiance facial at Titanic Spa (review coming soon) and I finally feel like I’ve recovered.
Finally, here are my make up Do’s and Don’ts for festival beauty in the sun…
- Do get some semi-permanent help. I have gel nails every 3 weeks anyway, but made sure I was booked in just to get a neon sparkly set. I also had my brows tinted and waxed along with classic lash extensions. It made getting ready that bit quicker and you look a bit more glam first thing in the morning nipping to the loos!
- Do opt for a liquid lipstick as it lasts all day and means you are photo ready 24/7. My all-time favourite is Anastasia Beverly Hills in shade Spicy which is now discontinued (still not over it) but shade American Doll is a great true red.
- Do use a setting spray. We all know it’s not great for your skin, but unless you want to be topping up, it can keep you looking fresh for up to 24 hours. I use Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray which you can get as a mini for easier packing.
- Do pack the dry shampoo. We had access to showers but they were closed on one of my dedicated ‘hair wash’ days but I had my Batiste Clean & Classic with me so blasted a load of that on and made it work.
- Don’t bother with foundation. I wore this SunSense Invisible Tint SPF 50 as my base with a bit of under eye concealer. In that heat I couldn’t even contemplate anything heavier and it meant caking, flaking and creasing were kept to a minimum.
- Don’t take lots of eye shadows. Take one eye palette that can do all your different looks. I chose my Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry as this covers browns/nudes, shimmery pale colours and metallic glitters as well as a pop of pink.
- Don’t scrimp on the glitter and jewels. This was literally my only Glasto-regret. More is more and it’s a chance to wear anything you want, plus it’s fun and you’ll feel much more part of the whole thing. I bought these and wish I’d taken enough to wear every day.
- Don’t forget to wear suncream EVERYWHERE. I know I burn my shoulders so kept them covered up and I’m really good at making sure I have factor 50 on my tattoos, but other than that I didn’t really bother which meant I had pink patchy legs complete with a handprint mark on there!
Hope that helps and I’d love to hear any tips you have!
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