The Beauty Column: Festival Season – Glam It Or Slum It?

With festival season nearly in full swing, it’s about time I addressed the whole slumming it situation. Valid approach or excuse? The infamous ‘Oh, I’m going to get muddy anyway so I might as well not make an effort’ words don’t really wash with me. If you don’t mind sacrificing personal hygiene for three days then maybe slumming it really is for you, but if you have the opportunity to inject a little bit of glamour into your festival adventure, then why wouldn’t you?

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I’m not talking about VIP suites, fake eyelashes and curling wands within arms reach, but a little bit of pride in your appearance won’t go a miss. There are so many handy festival tools these days that you’d be silly not to take full advantage of them. Let me talk to you about minis. Light to pack? Check. Easy to use? Check. Cute as hell? Check. Grab a dry shampoo and a hairspray and you’re laughing. Grubby, greasy hair with last night’s strongbow lingering in your roots isn’t a good look, or smell. I’m tellin’ ya.

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Where your face is concerned, you don’t have to go all out, but a coat of mascara, a dab of concealer and a swipe of lipstick will work wonders. Pack a mini mirror so you’re not queueing in the toilets for three hours pinching your nose to try and block out the stench and you’ll be good to go. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t choose to walk around with no makeup on in front of thousands of people. Not to mention those inevitable bags under your eyes from a severe overload of alcohol and lack of sleep. Make up is your friend – trust me.

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Slumming it at a festival seems like the perfect solution if you want to be lazy, but why would you want to be lazy when you’re paying silly money, huh? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying go OTT and pretend you’re on the strip in Ibiza, but for goodness sake grab a wet wipe. Personal hygiene is a requirement, not an option. You can work the wavy bed hair look, wear minimal makeup and rock ripped denim shorts, but don’t skimp on the personal hygiene. Find your inner beauty addict and love life while you’re looking good, and smelling good.

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