With summer on its way, seasoned festival goers everywhere are wondering how Alexa Chung looks so good for a whole weekend without showering, sleeping or piling on a stack of makeup. The answer? Well, she probably doesn’t. It’s rather likely that Alexa does have a stack of makeup, plus a few makeup artists, some beauty sleep and a VIP shower – the jammy girl. Still, that’s not to say that you can’t look good without piles of beautifying goodies. In fact, with a few miracle products, and a bit of know-how, you’ll be the belle of the mosh pit in no time!
First things first, invest in a decent primer to stop your make-up from seeping when the heat goes up. NARS Multi Protect Primer (£24) is a new addition to the Pro Prime range and a must-have for festival lovers. Boasting SPF 30, it will keep your skin protected from scorching rays and even out tone discolouration. The result? Your ‘I’m as fresh as a daisy’ face.
If ‘fresh-faced’ isn’t going to cut it, try putting Chantecaille’s Future Skin Foundation (£55) on top of your primer. Its creamy texture gives skin a soft look and a brush of Becca’s Loose Shimmer Powder (£16, beautyexpert.co.uk) tops it off perfectly, creating a light, dewy complexion that will make you stand out in the crowd.
Awake until 5am dancing to Pendulum? Then it’s time to disguise those dark circles with Make Believe Enhance Makeup Concealer (£15, asos.com). Pat the concealer along the ridges of your eye sockets, before blending the product, and no-one will know you hit the sack in the early hours.
Next, unleash your inner rock chick with Benefit’s Smokin’ Eyes set (£28.50). Not only does this double-duty kit have everything you could possibly need for alluring eyes, it has a pink eye shadow that makes a great brightener when swiped across cheekbones, too.
Festivals are not the time for long, glamorous lashes, so keep them simple and subtle with Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes (£15). This waterproof mascara stops sweat from getting the better of your makeup, plus it comes in blue and violet for those feeling funky.
A well known trick for perfecting the festival look is to keep lips and cheeks in check by investing in one reputable product that works on both. And this is where Clinique’s new Quick Blush (£22) comes in. Available in nudes, tawnies, pinks and violets, the cream-to-powder blusher comes complete with a nifty brush and can be used to add colour to lips as well.
One final snippet of advice – do not leave home without some cleansing wipes. Elemis’ new Fresh Skin Makeup Cleansing Wipes (£8 for 25) are a makeup shifting miracle. Packed with calming chamomile and elderflower extracts, they’re perfect for times of hard partying. You’ll be thankful for this information when you wake up with eyeliner smudged down your face.