GOING to a festival used to be the perfect excuse for throwing on your oldest gear, revelling in bad hair days and wearing last night's make-up as a badge of honour. But then everything changed.
So many celebs from Kate Bosworth to Kate Moss begin to use the field as their own personal catwalk that eventually everyone and their mothers started dressing up for the campsite. And now not only do you need to crack the dress code, you also need to look as if you got eight hours' sleep every night – not for the duration of the festival.
It's not easy. After all, the contents of your bathroom won't actually fit into your rucksack, no matter how hard you try. But here are a few essentials to help you look fresh-faced and fabulous all weekend if you just happen to be spending it at next month's Electric Picnic.
And yes, they'll work if you've been talked into spending your holidays at a campsite too.
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Korres Summer Festival Kit, €24 (from asos.com)
If you only pack one thing, make it this fab essentials kit which has everything you need to stay fresh (and fragrant) no matter how hot (or muddy) it gets. The mini bottles of shower gel and matching body milk mean you'll can happily let someone get up close and personal, the face wipes are perfect for removing all traces of the previous night's partying, the 24-hour brightening cream will give you a glow that will last through the night after the night before and the spf-packed butter stick ensures lips will be soft and moisturised.
Garnier Caffeine Eye Roll On, €14.99
Oh the joy of caffeine. That first morning cup of coffee is an essential to feel even half human on a normal Sunday morning. But if you've been staying up extra late over the weekend, chances are you need a little extra help to get yourself together. This massages the eye area and helps to reduce the appearance of tired-looking peepers.
Batiste Dry Shampoo, €2.49 (available from Aldi stores nationwide)
The mix of plait and updo known as the Coachella Crown might be the coolest style to sport at a festival this season, but it's not for everyone. However, sleeping-bag hair definitely isn't a good look so give two-day old lacklustre locks a freshening boost with this cult product. Just be sure to rub it in well to prevent any give-away white residue.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15, €39.50
It would be absolutely shocking if the sun didn't make a special guest-star appearance at some stage, so make sure you're protected (from its rays and from the shiny aftermath) with this light gel-like foundation. It gives a natural, semi-matte finish, and it's definitely best on oily/combination complexions rather than drier types. When you're back home, use a primer first for best effect.
Fuschia Make-Up Waterproof Indelible Lash Mascara, €16.95
We've been blessed with the sunshine so far this summer, but just in case the weather gods reckon we've been spoilt or you find yourself in a hot and sweaty situation (we're talking about crowded gigs, of course . . .) a coat or two of this means you'll be able to flutter va-va-voom lashes all day and all night. Available in black, chocolate and, my fave, dark fudge.
Trilogy Everything Balm, €16.95
Sometimes, no matter how much a girl is enjoying herself partying, she needs a little TLC and that's where this comes in. It's great for creating a dewy glow on tired complexions. But this multi-purpose does a lot more than that, including soothing dry skin on elbows, knees and toes: nourishing hands, nails and cuticles; acting as a massage oil for weary muscles; and protecting cracked lips, thanks to its healing mix of rosehip oil, jojoba, avocado and vitamin E.
Faith in Nature 3-in-1 Cleansing Wipes, €4.99
In normal life, wipes should only be used in emergency, break-glass situations. You know, those nights when you're about three seconds from collapsing into bed with almost all your war paint still intact (apart from that tell-tale trace of eyeliner that's taken up residence on your cheeks). But there's a whole different set of rules in festival-land. There, carrying wipes marks you out as a person who takes skincare seriously. As such, you'll appreciate that these wipes have a specially formulated pH balanced blend of natural essential oils to ensure effective cleansing without synthetic chemicals whilst moisturising, refreshing and toning the skin. They are also 100pc biodegradable so won't damage the environment.
Lush Toothy tabs, €2.50 for a pack of 40
Guaranteed to keep your breath minty fresh even if you have been over-indulging . . . Simply crush the solid toothpaste tabs in your mouth and brush as normal with your toothbrush. The sodium bicarbonate will clean teeth while the cream of tartar works to whiten them and spearmint, obviously, provides a freshening hit.
Burt Bees Hand Sanitizer, €7.95
This germ-killing machine is packed with aloe and witch hazel, and leaves hands feeling smooth and soft, which I definitely wasn't expecting from an ingredient list that includes alcohol. The formula is natural and paraben-free, and thankfully the light scent is really quite inoffensive.
Aerin Multi Colour for Lips and Cheeks in Natural, €38
It's a dilemma, for sure. Of course, you want to look your absolute best, but you don't exactly want to cart the contents of your cosmetics bag around either. So it's all about double-jobbing. This satin-finish cream leaves a lovely, natural glow on cheeks, doing wonders to transform a sleep-deprived pallor, and as the name suggests, works well as a lip stain, although it's not quite as long-lasting as the blush.