Definitely the most crucial item to wear & take with you is an excellent broad spectrum sunscreen. There's really no excuse for sunburn these days, with so many products available at varying price points. I love this one from Dermalogica because it's suitable for my face & body- & it comes in a cute travel size which is perfect for your bag!
A tinted moisturiser that will last the distance
A good quality tinted moisturiser (or BB cream, or CC cream) will take you far throughout summer. If you can find one that gives nice coverage, has fantastic longevity, & contains SPF- you're SET! Complexion Rescue from BareMinerals is my pick as it does all the above, as well as being awesomely hydrating.
Here's another chance for me to bang on about how much I love multitasking palettes! These are the sort of things that you need to take along with you to a festival if touching up make up is your vibe- they're the best for saving space, and they look super cute. Finding a palette with a compact mirror scores extra points! The Ellie Goulding for MAC Cosmetics Halcyon Nights palette is perfection, and you all NEED it. Trust.
A mascara that looks natural and doesn't budge
Honestly, throw some false lashes on before the festival if you like...but from past experience I can tell you to avoid large oscillating fans (don't ask). I recommend the safer option- a lash product that will make your lashes look gorgeous & naturally fluttery. Preferably one that won't budge! The brand new Benefit Cosmetics Tinted Lash Primer is my current fave, & you can layer mascara over it later if you like. Loveeee.
The absolute last thing you need or want to worry about at a music fest is whether or not your brows look good. Skip the powder or pomade, & go for a slightly more natural (but wonderfully long-wearing!) gel formula. I can't say enough good things about the L'Oreal Paris Brow Plumper; it adds definition, fullness, & holds everything in place. So good!
A powder to combat the dreaded shine
The concept of layering powder over a tinted moisturiser may seem a little odd, but this bad boy from MAC is arguably their most underrated product. The Blotting Powder does everything that is good in this world; it helps to prevent shininess, it instantly touches up your base, it has a compact mirror, & it never makes your face go cakey! Again, it's the perfect product to keep in your bag for a day/night out.
Look, I can't be the only MUO that finds it hilarious to match my lip colour to my drink of choice, right? For summer festivals, I opt for a long wearing matte formulation in a bright pop of colour- in the pic above I'm wearing MAC To Matte With Love...which *coincidentally* matches my raspberry flavoured Long White Vodka drink. Long White Vodka has NO added table sugar (it’s sweetened with apple juice from the Hawkes Bay) is Kiwi-made, & is the ultimate refreshing drink for summer. It comes in 3 delish flavours- raspberry, passionfruit, & lemon & lime, & I've been loving it! Matching makeup to beverages? Prime MUO behaviour right there.
A setting spray that actually works AND contains SPF (it exists!)
If you read the caption above and scoffed in disbelief- fair play to you- but seriously, this new makeup setting spray from Coola is a MUST HAVE for every summer festival goer! Not only does it set your makeup & gives a slight mattifying effect, it contains an impressive SPF30, & a host of other ingredients (such as cucumber & hyaluronic acid) to keep your face looking faaaancy. It's a yes from me!
So there you have it- the complete kit for any MUO heading off to a music festival the summer! Remember to stay hydrated, be nice humans, keep topping up that sunscreen- & take a tonne of selfies to share in the group with us all!
If you & your bestie are looking for a fantastic festival to attend this summer- you're in luck! The team from Long White Vodka & I have ONE DOUBLE PASS for the amazing Splore 2016 to give away to one lucky MUO member-- SCREAM! All you need to do to go in the draw to win is leave me a comment below and tell me what YOUR fave Long White flavour is and what festival beauty essentials you’d be taking to Splore! The winner will be drawn & announced on the 12th of February. Good luck, beauties!
GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!! Congrats to Melinda van Meygaarden- your tickets will be with you ASAP! xx
Thank you SO much to the legendary team from Long White Vodka for making this post possible- you can read more about the range & follow them on Facebook here: http://bit.ly/LongWhiteVodkaNZ