Festival Makeup & Beauty Trends

August 16th, 2022

August 16th, 2022

Festivals are back and the season is in full swing, so here’s our round up of the current festival makeup and beauty must haves – make room in your bag for these – after you’ve packed water, wellies and sunscreen of course.


Nail design by Laura Chree – instagram/@chreeative_nails

Remember to do your nails before hitting the fields.  These chrome shades from Artistic Nail Design will keep your nails on point for the entire festival.  This design uses Artistic Colour Gloss in Sincere, Bubblegum is Popping, Anything is Popsicle and Chill (£12.95 +vat each), with Artistic Dip Powder in Bubble Gum is Popping (£7.95 +vat) and Artistic Chrome Gloss (£17.95 +vat).  All available from louellabelle.


image: tiktok/@aoifeartist

Want the cool girl editorial look seen all over Tik Tok? Get it by swiping Off—White Imprint Pigments (£31) onto your cheeks.  Yellow, green, red, or blue, the more colourful the better. After years of being home and only being able to see our eyes and brows through masks, we are now ready to be bold with other parts of our makeup – this includes the cheeks.

These new IMPRINT pigments are creamy and versatile colour sticks for face and body – perfect for upping your festival makeup game. The smooth and pigmented formula leaves a velvety feel while easily and seamlessly blending into the skin. The slim precision tip guarantees easier application and a more accurate glide on lips, face and eyes allowing for both lining, defining and shading.  Available in six shades from off—white.


With many festivals asking those attending to leave the glitter at home, you can still stand out from the crowd by using Face Lace instead.  These clever, innovative designs allow you to peel off, stick on and show off, without shedding micro plastics wherever you go.

You can turn your face into a masterpiece with Phyllis Cohen’s exquisitely intricate designs that couldn’t be easier to use.  Designed to meet a professional need to create elaborate makeup designs which could be applied in a few seconds, look precise, symmetrical and stay perfect until they came off, they are the perfect addition to your festival wardrobe.  Designs start from £14.95 and can be used multiple times, with careful handling.  Available from face-lace.


image: instagram/@jlo

In another nod to early Y2K, Baby Braids are back in a big way, and are perfect for festival styling – keeping your hair out of your eyes and giving you another day before you need to wash it.  These face framing skinny braids have been seen on Zoe Kravitz, Hailey Bieber, Dua Lipa and most recently on Jennifer Lopez – so they work for all ages.

Celebrity hairstylist Jason Collier says “Braids are being used in place of headbands, as hair sculptures and as baby braids. They couldn’t be easier and more versatile! Section the parts of your hair you wish to braid and divide these into three even strands. Braid them and secure with a clear elastic. Braids look best on strong, healthy hair so ensure you use a hair serum to add nourishment and hydration into the hair like the Jerome Russell Bstyled Hair Serum (£6.99 at Superdrug), which will also make hair more manageable when braiding.”


‘Brightliner’ is another make-up trend of the moment, as worn by Zendaya and many other celebrities.   Glisten Cosmetics best-selling, pigmented Wet Liners and Split Liners (from £6.50) are ideal for creating the ‘brightener’ trend we’re seeing all over social media.

Ideal for the festival season, these Liners are available in almost every colour of the rainbow, including trending colours like green and lilac with a range of UV active liners, for those who want to seriously stand out in the silent disco or rave tent after the main stages finish! If you can’t decide which liner to buy from the 140+ available shades, you can now create your own palette with 4, 9 or 15 pans (from £25).  Vegan and cruelty-free, and PETA certified.  All available from glistencosmetics.


Emphasize your eyes with lashes – Ardell’s Mega Volume range (from £8) is ideal. These multi-layered lashes have Never Flat™ Curl Technology for a 3D lash effect. Fine, tapered tips that mimic the look of natural lashes. Full and bold volume with long lengths. Available from louellabelle and ardellshop


If you are firmly wedded to glitter, then make sure it is bio-glitter that is completely plastic free.  Try Eyeconic Makeup’s Biodegradable Glitter (from £7.95).  From packaging to product it is completely bio.  This guilt-free glitter is available in seven shades in both 3D and fine versions.  Eco-friendly, compostable, marine waste and water biodegradable, cruelty-free and vegan, and made from plant cellulose.  Suitable for use on the face, nails and body, cosmetic approved and compliant with EU and US cosmetic regulations.  Available from eyeconicmakeup.


If braids aren’t your thing, make waves instead, while protecting your tresses from UV with R+Co Dreamhouse Cold Pressed Watermelon Wave Spray (£27).  This multitasking mist will moisturise, protect and brighten locks, helping to cultivate natural waves while protecting against damage by the elements.  Contributing towards enhanced colour, deep hydration and nourishment, the spray combines lightweight oils, minerals and extracts to strengthen every strand. In addition, the spray delivers UV protection and additional shine.  Available from spacenk and cultbeauty.


If you want serious colour, try Eyeconic’s Transforming Duochrome Loose Eyeshadow Pigment (£10.50).  These highly concentrated and intense loose pure pigments can be worn alone or over any colour to give a unique effect each time.  Once applied the colours will shift.  For example the Bae Watching shade goes on looking white and then shifts between a super-sparkly amethyst foil to blue.  It will look different in each shade.  Available in 8 shades, individually or in a bundle, from eyeconicmakeup.


Last, but by no means least, is the ultimate festival staple Batiste Dry Shampoo (from £1.60). Removes oil, leaving your hair feeling clean, with a light scent. Contains keratin. Sulfate free. Available in a mini size which is perfect for a weekend away, from superdrug and boots.


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By Sarah Dann

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