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Festival Beauty Tips

Louise, founder of Brow Boothe, mobile eye lash and brow miracle workers, shares her top beauty tips for the festival season:

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With Glastonbury a couple of weeks behind us, the festival season is well and truly here. Along with borrowing a tent from your neighbour, digging out your sleeping bag and stockpiling wet wipes, you might have been thinking about a bit of beauty prep too.

Here are my tips for getting festival-ready, for both before and during your weekend.


Showers are likely to be few and far between (if at all), so make sure you get all your hair removal sorted before you go. Waxing is great for long lasting results and an epilator is a good option for a one off investment that you could even pop in your backpack for any touch ups needed while you’re away. Boots do a selection to suit a variety of budgets

Fake tan is a great way to add a bit of glow to skin that, until this point, has probably spent months hiding under tights and jumpers. If you’d rather leave it to the professionals go for a spray tan or for a fool-proof DIY option try St Tropez Bronzing Mousse. Apply with a tanning mitt all over, making sure you don’t miss any bits – the ingenious texture of this tanning mousse means there’s hardly any chance of streaks.


Tidy, well-shaped brows will define and enhance your entire face allowing you to wear less make-up, book in your monthly brow tidy a couple of days beforehand.

If you want to be super low maintenance so that you can spend more time at the front of your favourite band’s set than in your tent preening, try LVL Lashes, which give your natural lashes length, volume and lift without the need for lash extensions.

Your festival make-up bag

The first thing you want your festival make-up to be is easy. Next is long-lasting – and if it looks even better after it has been slept in then you have won the festival beauty lottery. Here’s how to do it:

  • Start with a skin perfecting BB cream – it will multi-task as a moisturiser, SPF (still apply your regular sunscreen underneath for extra protection), primer and foundation in one. If you need a little more coverage use a long-lasting concealer on any blemishes. I love Garnier BB Skin Perfector (the oil free one).
  • Eye shadow pencils like Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil or Rimmel Scandal’Eyes Eyeshadow Stick are a foolproof way to create a smoky eye, that can be as subtle or as vampy as you like, depending on how much you build the colour. Smudge onto lids using the flat side of the pencil and use the point to line your lashes. Then, use your finger to smooth up and out at the crease. There are lots of colours to choose from so you can either go classic with taupes and browns or go for something bolder with an electric blue or green.
  • Now use a volumising and curling mascara, which will give you big, fluttery lashes and a wide-eyed look. My holy grail is Dior Show Iconic, however, I also love Maybelline The Falsies. Choose the waterproof version if the forecast is looking wet.
  • Next, take a cream blush and pat onto cheeks and lips. Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge in Blushed Rose makes everyone look about 10 times prettier! Then set everything with a light dusting of translucent powder.

Festival extras

  • If you fancy something brighter on your lips use a product that will provide moisture too to avoid the colour drying out and flaking throughout the day. I love the Revlon Lip Butters (Tutti Frutti, a bright orange, is my favourite)
  • Don’t forget to take lash glue plus sequins, glitter, fabric flowers, feathers and anything else you come across to stick on cheekbones and temples.
  • Dry shampoo is a must, not only to keep your locks fresh but for super volume too.

Visit the Brow Boothe site for more information about LVL lashes, brow shaping and their other mobile beauty services:





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