Beauty... Get festival fabulous for Electric Picnic
Heading to Electric Picnic? We'll show you how to stand out from the crowd with a funky, long-lasting make-up look
While the fashion festival attire of short shorts and wellies has become boringly ubiquitous, anything goes where beauty is concerned. "Have fun, make-up should be fun and colourful. Especially at a festival were you can really experiment," says Leonard Daly, one of the country's leading make-up artists. "Use the shades of shadows that have never been used in your palettes. Just remember you are not giving yourself a tattoo - if you don't like it, it comes right off."
In terms of celeb inspiration, Leonard says you can't go past Kate Moss and Lily Allen. "They are the coolest festival-goers, just simple easy-to-achieve looks, mainly using black liners on the eyes and lashings of mascara," he says.
While a pop of colour on the lips undoubtedly gives the face a great injection of health, lipstick, no matter how long-wearing, will require touch-ups, therefore, putting the focus on the eyes is more festival-friendly since once applied, it doesn't require any further attention.
Space constraints and unpredictable weather also need to be considered, which means you've to think very carefully about what you bring.
Micellar water is a must, advises Leonard, as it's far better at cleansing the skin than wipes and even removes stubborn waterproof mascara. In terms of make-up, opt for products that are proven to be long-wearing and/or waterproof.
Dos and Don'ts
● Just because you're at a festival does not mean you can forget about your skin, always cleanse and moisturise properly.Leonard recommends Bioderma's Sébium H20 Micellar Water, €11.50.
● Don't forget to wear an SPF, even if it's cloudy or raining.
● Be aware that you'll be dancing so use products that will not sweat off.
● Go easy on the foundation as the more you use the more you have to mind it, so using a light layer will last way longer.
● Bring eye drops. They will disguise a multitude of sins. Optrex's Eye Dazzling, €5.67, is an absolute god-send.
● If your skin struggles to hold on to make-up, apply a setting spray such as Urban Decay's Make-up All Nighter Setting Spray, €28.
● Space is always an issue when packing for a festival, so try and opt for multi-use products, for example a lip stain that could also work as a blush.
● Festivals are also a great opportunity to experiment with nail art. But take the hassle out of it by getting a professional manicure beforehand, preferably Gelish or Shellac that will endure anything the weekend presents.
● Apply fake tan in the days before. Try and avoid using instant tan at a festival.
● Drink loads of water because, as we know, dehydration will show on your skin.
Adding a vibrant cream orange shadow to below your eyebrow will make your eyes look brighter and more alive, says make-up artist Leonard Daly.
How to do a fun festival Make-up Look
A step-by-step guide with Leonard Daly
1. Make sure your skin is properly prepped - cleansed, toned and moisturised.
2. Lightly apply foundation, blending it in with your fingers, patting not rubbing. I recommend MAC's Face and Body, €31.50 (50ml)
3. Apply blush to the apple of your cheeks but blend it upwards towards your temples, for a slightly 1980s-inspired look that looks really cool. Choose a warm-toned blush, peach or even orange if you're brave enough.
4. Then apply lashings of highlighter to the cheek bones, avoid contouring as it's too much for daytime.
5. Line the inner eye with a black kohl pencil and then line outside your eye and smudge it in, you don't have to make this perfect, if it's a bit messy it will look cool, think rock chick.
6. Next, use a natural colour lipstick, not beige but something with a subtle hint of colour.
7. Apply lashings of mascara, waterproof, of course. You can't beat YSL's Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara, €32.50. It doesn't budge.
8. Set your make-up using a lightly textured setting powder. MAC's Blot Press Powder, €26.50, is a personal favourite. I've been using it in my kit since I started doing make-up in the 1800s!
Festival Beauty Toolkit
1. Blot Press Powder, €26.50, MAC, available in Brown Thomas and BT2 stores nationwide.
Keeps make-up intact without leaving a chalky, cakeish finish to the skin.
2. Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara, €32.50, YSL, available in selected department stores nationwide.
Like Leonard says, this really doesn't budge: no fall-down, no clumping, no drying, and it has the most gorgeous black, glossy pigment.
3. Face and Body, €31.50, MAC, available in Brown Thomas and BT2 stores nationwide.
Loved by make-up artists, this cult MAC foundation is light in texture and coverage but wonderfully buildable and boasts great staying power.
4. Sébium H20 Micellar Water, €11.50, Bioderma, available in selected pharmacies nationwide.
Only recently arrived on Irish shores, this much-loved potion is suitable for all skin types. It purifies the skin, leaving it feeling thoroughly cleansed and refreshed.