Festival finest - the products to ward off scruffiness
Groomed is a faux pas, says our expert, but these top five picks will save you from scruffiness
Fixing yourself up for a festival is more tricky than it seems. You want to look your best, but you don't want to seem like you're trying too hard. The rules of your normal life do not apply at a festival. Accept, embrace and do your best to stay the right side of dishevelled. It's a look we'll call insouciant. Because it sounds more deliberate and elegant than unkempt.
Sunblock is key; burnt never looks good. Wipes are your friend now, and only now. Because there's no water nearby and grimy never looks good. And a tiny bit of effortless make-up is nice; you don't want to feel you've given up entirely. But we're not getting into deodorant recommendations. You shouldn't need to be told.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 50+, €19.50, pharmacies nationwide
No shine, not a bit of it, with this broad-spectrum protector, which means you don't look nervous and sweaty in front of your too-cool contemporaries. The key ingredient is something called Airlicium, which can absorb 150 times its volume in oil and sweat. It's also available in a tinted formula. "Pore-tightening, with a dry finish that doesn't feel tight," said one panellist.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Long-Wear Makeup Remover Towelettes, €25, Estee Lauder counters nationwide
In normal time, we don't tend to recommend wipes. They're not the kindest to your skin and they don't offer quite the same service as a standard cleanser. For festivals, we make an exception. It's an emergency, basically. These wipes, named for the no-budge best-selling foundation, are heavy-duty darlings. They will shift anything and won't leave your face raw. "One wipe does a full face, including eyeliner and mascara," one panellist said. "which is saying something."
Best Chap Cheater
Kiehl's Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 25 in Simply Rose, €22.50, Arnotts, D1; Kiehl's shops, 35 Wicklow St, D2; Dundrum Town Centre, D16
The problem with committing to lipstick at a festival is that you can never know where you'll find a mirror for retouches. So maybe you'll bring along your own; but really? Chapped lips are a feature of festivals; as the environment and your own behaviour conspire against you. This creamy balm, with lemon and coconut oils, comes in six shades. "A luxurious feel and a subtle tint," a panellist said, "This is a jeans-pocket must."
Best Sheer Luxury
Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in Firelust, €75, Brown Thomas Dublin and Cork
This sheer highlighter cream, which is rosy with golden-tan undertones, has been part of the Tom Ford firmament for some time, but it has been re-released in this more portable plastic bottle. Perfect for bringing to a festival, we say. Yes, you'd have to watch that no one nicked this covetable and expensive beauty, but a little bit of a luxurious risk might be worth taking. "This makes you look like you arrived from a weekend in the Italian Riviera," one panellist said. "You have to keep standards up a bit, even at a festival!"
Best Spray Day
Uriage Thermal Water For Sensitive Skin spray, €5, pharmacies nationwide
Next best thing to a shower? Well, maybe not quite, but this French thermal-water spritz comes in a pocket-sized 50ml, for refreshing your face at will. And any other bits too, we suppose. It will cleanse when it is sprayed on cotton wool, and has moisturising properties that will make up for skipping your regular skincare routine. Short-term, anyway. "A drink for your face," said a panellist. "A weapon in your festival-skin's war against dehydration."
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