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Today we're doing festival beauty essentials with Boots. We'll walk through everything from my must-have skincare to festival makeup essentials, so let's jump in...
Let's start with sunscreen - though I always recommend using this daily (regardless of the weather), I do think that when you're out having fun in the sun, it's best to go for an factor 50 sun cream with some water resistance. This will ensure you get a really high level of protection that's designed to stay on the skin even when you're sweating and having fun. For the face, I absolutely love my Bondi Sands Fragrance Free Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ | £6.99. This has a hydrating formula so you don't have to use a moisturiser underneath, it provides a high level of broad-spectrum protection and it's great under makeup. It also has a lightweight, fluid texture and never leaves a white cast on my skin. I also recommend getting yourself a sunscreen lip balm to keep things moisturised (so when you re-apply your lipstick, it glides on easily) and to top up your protection throughout the day. I personally love the Sun Bum Moisturizing Sunscreen Lip Balm Coconut SPF 30 | £4.79 | because it does the job and has this gorgeous 'holiday' scent to it!
In terms of other skincare, I have to mention the L'Oreal Paris Absolute Make-Up Remover for Eye & Lip | £6. This is a dual-phase remover for tough makeup; whether that's a bold lip or a glittery eye with lots of liner. Give it a shake, dispense a little onto a cotton wool pad and place it over your eyes or lips to let it soak before wiping the makeup away. I don't think there's anything this product can't get off and it's perfect if you're camping and don't have easy access to a sink. I also really recommend doing some prep before you go to give your makeup the best chance of holding up to perfection whilst you're enjoying yourself. A really important step for me is to exfoliate my lips with the Beauty Bakerie Sugar Lip Scrub | £11.50 | to ensure my matte lip look is perfect on the day. The sugar gently buffs away dead skin cells and the moisturising base this comes in really softens and conditions my lips.
Another festival staple is, of course, dry shampoo! It's great for adding volume and texture to the hair, but also for refreshing things if you've had to go a few extra days without giving it a wash... I personally really like the Colab Unicorn Dry Shampoo | £3.49 | because of the candy-sweet scent and the fact it's so lightweight and transparent. That means it doesn't irritate my sensitive scalp and doesn't leave behind that dreaded white residue! I also have the Dr Palm Hand Sanitiser Tube | £5 pack of 5) | because hand sanitiser is always a must (especially before applying your skincare and makeup if you can't easily get to running water) and this formula doesn't dry out my hands as I use it throughout the day.
We obviously need a fun makeup look to finish things off and the products I've pulled together focus on a bold lip. For complexion, I really rate the Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint (Shade 9) | £27 | because it's long-wearing, gives a light-medium, buildable coverage and perfects the skin without covering it up too much. It doesn't crease or get shiny on long days that run into late nights, making it perfect as a product you can trust to hold up at a festival. Then I like to use something with a pop on the cheeks that's not drawing too much attention away from the lips. I really like the Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush | £21 | because this formula goes on smoothly and evenly with minimal effort and lasts incredibly well throughout the day. This is a beautiful orange-toned shade with a golden sheen running through it for a nice highlight.
Keeping things relatively simple on the eyes whilst still bringing a bit of festival glitz, I went for the Collection Matte & Metallic Duo Liquid Eyeshadow in Golden Sands | £4.99 | liquid eyeshadow duo. One end is a matte cream-coloured base shade and the other side is a metallic warm gold which has a precise liner tip so you can create something really fun with it, if you like. I really enjoy a liquid eyeshadow for when I'm going to an all-day event and need my eye look to last, because they set down and don't budge. I then finish it off with a subtle wing using the Fenty Beauty Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Big Truffle | £18. I love this warm brown shade for a more subtle and natural take on winged liner (as opposed to using a bold black). The pen is precise and the formula is smudge and transfer resistant, even on my eyes which are currently riddled with hayfever!
Finally, the star of the show is the MAC Matte Lipstick in Tropic Tonic | £17.50. This is a creamy matte colour that glides on really smoothly and has this beautiful vibrant coral colour to it that's perfect for summer. I absolutely love how it pops on me and the fact it's actually quite low-maintenance for a matte lip; there's no flaking, it fades evenly and it's easy to touch up!
Are you going to any festivals or outdoor events this summer? Let me know what beauty products you'd take with you!