Glastonbury is back and with it the opportunity to indulge in the type of festival beauty we’ve been craving during the pandemic: glitter-embellished cheekbones, perfectly undone hairstyles and painterly bright makeup that’s the equivalent of dopamine dressing for your face.
But a little planning goes a long way when packing your beauty arsenal for a couple of days spent camping in a field. Less-than-stellar shower facilities, weather conditions that can switch from hot and dusty to torrential rain in the blink of an eye mean you need to hit that elusive sweet spot of packing light and still managing to pack for all eventualities.
A two-year hiatus due to Covid-19 cancellations has also given us pause to rethink how sustainable our festival beauty essentials really are. One report has revealed that UK festivals alone create a staggering 23,500 tonnes of waste each year (with most of it going to landfill). Given that thousands of wet wipes and face wipes litter UK beaches and waterways each year, you won’t find either in our edit of the best products to add to your festival beauty kit. But what you will discover are some game-changing sustainable alternatives to your usual festival fare – think an innovative mist that turns tissue (or loo roll) into a body wipe!
If you’re feeling out of practice with exactly what beauty essentials to pack, or the thought of mastering tent-proof hair is making you break out in a sweat, we’ve got you covered.
Ahead our edit of the best festival beauty essentials that are travel-friendly, multi-tasking and all-importantly make you feel your freshest and most glamorous for whoever’s playing on the main stage, even if (whisper it) the great British weather doesn’t play ball.
The best festival beauty buys to keep your hair, skin and makeup game strong: