Despite the dipping temperatures and the official sartorial transition to a cooler closet, summer festival season is heating up. Some of the biggest music events of the year are still to come, like the U.K.'s Readings and Leeds Festivals, as well as Bestival and Creamfields, while over in America Burning Man and Afro Punk New York are scheduled further down the line – and Hungary's epic two-week-long Sziget Festival is happening right now, and will be until August 16th.
So, before we have to get serious and snuggle up for winter, don't forget to pack an ample amount of glitter to whatever festival you might be going to so you can have one last outrageous burst of sparkling creativity. That bold, '80s beauty look isn't giving up without a fight – with eyes, nails, hair and even lips getting the OTT treatment.
Check out these festival-ready beauty trends to see out summer with some facial fireworks! Glow sticks ready? Here's everything you need for a dazzling beauty look:
The logistics of a music festival mean that hair washing is usually kept to a minimum, leaving party-goers with the challenge of how to add pizzazz to lank-(and often rank-)looking hair. While dry shampoo might have led to a small haircare revolution over the past few years, allowing you to maintain your mane for longer between washes, festival hairstyle trends are nevertheless getting bolder, braver and sassier. Enter the braid and the double buns, dirty hair's new best friends! No matter how flipped-out your locks might be, a braid or double bun (AKA space bun) allows you to hide almost any horrors, and adding a touch (or more) of glitter along the roots is ideal for covering excess oil. As far as colors go, pastels are still holding strong for the festival season, with the new generation of temporary or semi-permanent hair color inviting increasingly creative shades.
fabulous Face paint
No longer is face painting reserved for kids' birthday parties, now it's the ultimate chic festival beauty look. Twinkling stars waft on the breeze of a muddy field, settling on the skin like pollen, in variations from multi-colored metallic rainbow hues to simple monochrome sprinkles. Think dots and stars in varying sizes, dabbed along the temples, eyelids, under the eyes and over the bridge of the nose using – *beauty hack alert* – petroleum-based jelly or eyelash glue to hold it in place. As a general rule, silver and platinum look best on cool skin tones, whereas warmer shades glow with gold and copper!
Go for gold on the lips
Anyone who's tried lip glitter will know it's not the most practical look. Sparkly teeth anyone? Large flakes of glitter might be great for a standout selfie, but for a festival where beverages and the occasional burger are consumed, we prefer a longer-lasting lip shimmer or lipstick in sun-drenched shades of gold. Darker skin tones look particularly good with gold lipstick, whether it be a subtle dewy rose-gold sheen or a near-matte golden lip. Remember to apply a hydrating balm before you gild up so that your lips stay moisturized and flake-free!
Image: via @agawilkmakeup on Instagram
Put your hands up for sparkly nail art
Let's face it, gorgeous long nails (whether they're real or not) are highly likely to get chipped, broken and – possibly – seriously injure someone during a music festival. But that's not to say we can't still have fun and embrace the glitter! Keep your nails short to prevent damage and ensure the look lasts for longer. You could play with a sparkly accent nail contrasted with on-trend metallic jewel shades, or simply apply a glittery top coat onto the tips or base of your nails to create an ombré effect over a color of your choice. Bring some polish removal pads in your festival fanny pack for nail-art emergencies.
Image: via @thisisvenice on Instagram
Image: via @thisisvenice on Instagram
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