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Vampy makeup looks – Autumn beauty trends

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Vampy Makeup Looks

With the Halloween festivities in full swing, it is the perfect time to switch up your current go-to look and incorporate elements of the vampy makeup trend into your morning beauty routine. So, whether you need a universally flattering vampy lip colour to transform your look from office chic to date night glam, or you’re adding the finishing touches to your Halloween inspired smokey eye, we’ve got you covered. 

There is one product that will always inhabit the bottom our makeup bag throughout Autumn: dark, vampy lipstick. Although purple is a bewitching shade for Halloween, violet lipstick is no longer purely reserved for the spooky festivities. A-listers, such as Rihanna and Beyonce, have been spotted rocking the purple lip trend, bringing it into the modern beauty realm for all to obsess over. If a purple pout isn’t for you, don’t be afraid to go dark with a matte black lip this season. With black lipstick coming in a variety of shades and hues, from true, midnight blacks to deep blackberry shades, it can be worn alone or with other lipstick shades layered to create your very own DIY beauty moment. Why not try out this risk-taking trend for yourself?  

A vampy lip may be one of the biggest Autumn beauty trends, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use the same palette to vamp up your eyes.  The glamourously grungy halo, smokey eye trend flooded our social media feeds last year, and it has been confirmed that this look is still the hot ticket to a killer Autumn look. This technique involves applying the darkest shade on the inner and outer corners of the eye, and then packing a lighter, shimmery shade in the centre of the lid to achieve a halo effect. For the Autumn, opt for deep burgundy tones to create depth and a metallic deep bronze shade to highlight, or darken it up with black and grey shades for a sultry vampire look come Halloween. 

Which of these vampy makeup products will you be trying out this October? 

Whether you have an upcoming fancy dress party, or you want some spooky inspiration for 2020, be sure to check out our last blog post on our favourite killer Halloween makeup looks!

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Halloween makeup inspiration 2019- Let’s say boo

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Halloween Makeup Inspiration

The attire you choose is typically the focus of the night when Halloween rolls around, but it’s makeup that can really make, break or even suffice as a costume itself. With our help, you won’t be procrastinating, scrambling to find a last-minute costume or settling for the lazy girl go-to of cat ears and whiskers this yearFrom a technicolour twist on the classic film noir style makeup, to a ‘picture perfect’ protest on Insta-worthy beauty, we’ve rounded up 3 our favourite Halloween makeup looks which will only require a quick trip to the cosmetics aisle to pull off.  

Instead of buying a full costume to create the ultimate alter-ego on Halloween, why not paint a disguise directly on to your face? A masquerade mask is the quintessential accessory for Halloween festivities, but why buy a mask when you can make one yourself? Begin by using a white liquid liner to lightly trace the shape of the mask onto your face. Fill in the blanks with a water-proof, long-wearing white paint and set it with a translucent powder, so your mask won’t budge until sunrise. Outline the mask with a black eyeshadow, smudging it onto the outer edges of the face to create shadow. Finish the look off with lashes, rhinestones, glitter and other accessories to make your Halloween makeup ultra-glamorous for this go big or go home holiday. If you want to amp up the spook factor, apply a red acrylic paint below the mask using a cotton bud to create the illusion of bleeding eyes. 

Halloween Makeup InstaceptionInstagram has become the ultimate hub for all things beauty, but it can leave some of us feeling disheartened after scrolling through a feed of flawless, unattainable eye looks and perfectly carved eyebrows. Beauty bloggers have recently taken to social media to create an Insta-worthy eye look outlined with a hyper-realistic Instagram frame, as a bold statement about the pressures of social media. For Halloween this year, why not stand up in protest and interpret the ‘picture perfect’ look in your own way? To recreate this look by James Charles, dig out your florescent eyeshadows, shimmers and glitter and tap into your inner makeup artist to create a swoon-worthy eye look. Create a base and trace a square around the eye to mimic an Instagram picture frame. A bold and glamorous Halloween makeup look that also makes a statement? Say no more, we’re in! 

Halloween Makeup Black and WhiteInstead of spending all of your money on one-time-use makeup products and spending hours practising and nailing your Halloween makeup look, we’ve come up with a look that requires minimal product and is surprisingly simple to pull off. To recreate this stunning look by @ellis_atlantischoose a light shade of grey to apply as your base and mix with white paint to highlight the higher points of your face. To create depth along the cheekbones, nose and jawline, choose a deep shade of grey and contour as usual. For the eyebrows and lips, opt for a deep shade of dark grey or black to make them pop against the light grey hue. While this monochromatic style makeup looks killer on its own, why not emulate the style of film noir with a pop of colour? Grab a stippling sponge and stipple different shades of paint around the eye, dragging it down to the cheek to create the illusion of tears drops. Whether you want to take on Halloween straight out of a 1950’s thriller, or amp it up with a technicolour twist, this look is sure to turn heads this holiday. 

Which of these mesmerising makeup looks will you be trying out this Halloween?

Autumn Skincare Routine

Autumn skincare tips to live by 2019- Love your skin

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Autumn Skincare RoutineWhile we’re all for cosy Autumnal nights in, accompanied by a mountain of blankets, hot chocolate and a lineup of rom-com films, the change in weather unfortunately isn’t good news for your skin. As we transition seasons, it’s time to curate an Autumn skincare routine that soothes and smooths your post-summer skin whilst simultaneously prepping your skin for winter. The Vanity Van team have gathered up our best skincare tips to supercharge your skincare routine as we make our way into the crisp Autumn months. 

After a Summer of long beach days and hours in the beating sun, your complexion is more likely to suffer from uneven skin texture, congested pores and breakouts. There’s a common misconception that exfoliation causes dry, flaky skin, but we’re here to tell you that you’re totally wrong. Gentle exfoliation is the best way to treat dehydrated, dull skin as it scrubs away dead skin cells and allows your skin to resurface, revealing a healthy, radiant glow. Removing damaged skin cells and dried up oils also means that the skin is able to absorb beneficial ingredients deeper, so you get more bang for your buck when it comes to skincare products. We’re ready to jump on the exfoliating bandwagon, are you?

Autumn Skincare RoutineMoisturising throughout the year is non-negotiable, but as the colder months creep in, it’s essential to upgrade your skincare products to more hydrating, nourishing formulas. Autumn months typically cause your skin to produce less oil, stripping it of acids that naturally occur in the skin. If you have dry skin, it’s officially the time to knuckle down on hydration boosters to stop your skin from getting flaky. Opt for a moisturiser specifically designed to prevent moisture loss and replenish and resurface the skin barrier. For those of you with oily skin, applying a full-duty night-cream can feel a little heavy on the skin, so opt for a moisturiser formulated for oily skin with a matte finish to prevent your skin producing more oilsIs your skin still feeling a little thirsty? Indulge in a weekly treatment mask to brighten your skin tone and replenish your skin. Leave the mask to settle overnight and remove in the morning with a soft cloth to unveil beautiful, Autumn ready skin!

Which of these Autumn skincare tips will you be trying out when the weather takes a turn for the worse?

Autumn braided hairstyles- Fall 2019 hairstyling trends

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Autumn Braided Hairstyles TrendsBesides from the obligatory seasonal wardrobe makeover and the change in climate, the arrival of autumn also brings with it the sudden urge to revamp your hairstyle. While braids are the perfect go-to for keeping your hair out of your face in the summer months, the transition into Autumn can also wreak havoc on your hair. So, to keep your hair protected from the wind, rain and crisp air, why not experiment with the latest braid trends? From a twist on a classic hair accessory to a playful up-do, these braided hairstyles are set to dominate the beauty world this autumn. 

Double dutch braided ponytails

As a playful and stylish alternative to the ever-popular, classic French braid, why not try out a Dutch braid? While not new, the dutch braid trend has been popularised over the past few years by a line up of A-list celebrities and influencers, and now you can try it out too. 

Braided hairstyles dutch braid -Start by sectioning your hair into two sections and begin Dutch braiding each side of your hair.  

-To Dutch braid, take a small section of hair near the front of your head, then divide it into 3 equal sub sections. Cross the two outer strands under the middle strand. Incorporate more hair from the sides as you continue to braid until you reach the nape of your neck.  

-Secure the braid into a loose ponytail with a hair tie, and repeat this step with the other section of hair. 

-Take a section from the ponytail, wrap it around the hair band and secure it underneath with a hair grip. Polish the look off with a spritz of hairspray.

Vamp up your space buns 

When it comes to a easy, low-maintenance hairstyle, dry shampoo and space buns are a girls best friend. But, while they’re the saviours of last minute hairstyles after a late start in the morning, that doesn’t mean that they need to look messy and undone. With these simple tips and tricks, you can put your own spin on the classic space bun hairstyle! It’s time to stand out from the crowd. 

-Split your hair half up and half down and separate the top of your hair into two equal sections. 

-French braid each side of your hair and continue until you reach the crown of your head. Secure each section into a ponytail. 

-Begin to plait each ponytail into a normal braid, and secure it with a clear elastic. 

-Twist the plait and wrap it around the hair band to create a bun and pin it in place. Add texture and volume by pulling the braids wider or making the buns bigger or messier. Secure your braided masterpiece in place with a spritz of hairspray. 

Dress up your locks 

An easy way to add a pop of colour and texture to your classic braid is to incorporate a patterned head scarf throughout your braid. Hair scarves are incredibly versatile, as they can be braided throughout the hair or used as a hair tie to pop a classic braid. While bold, vibrant prints and floral head scarves are perfect for the summer, you can easily vamp up these braided hairstyles for autumn with deep burgundy shades and autumnal patterns.

Which of these braided hairstyles will you be trying out this season?

Be sure to check out our last blog post on how to maintain your summer glow or fake it with a foolproof fake tanning routine!

How to maintain or fake a glowing Summer tan- Tanning routine

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Tanning Routine

Catching that “fresh from the beach” tan after a long Summer’s day is sometimes unavoidable, even if you have slathered your body in SPF. As Summer comes to an end, we’re all in a slump about the sunshine saying goodbye. But, while your holiday may be a thing of the past, it doesn’t mean your tan needs to. We’ve gathered up our best hints and tips for prolonging the life of your tan as we make our way into the Autumn months. If you haven’t had a chance to catch some rays and have remained the same pasty hue all Summer long, do not fear because we’ve got the perfect no-stress, no-mess tanning routine for a flawless summer glow.

Pre-sun prepping is incredibly important, but post-sun aftercare is equally as vital to achieving a flawless, picture perfect tan. A rich and nourishing after-sun treatment not only soothes the skin but also hydrates it, which is key for when you’re hoping to maintain your glow long after you return home. Just as you would SPF, slather after-sun on your face and body daily to replenish moisture your skin may have lost throughout the day, and to restore the natural protective barrier of your skin. While you’re loading up on the lotions, add a gradual tanning moisturiser to your basket as it is a great and effective option to extend the life of your tan and give your skin a youthful, glow boost as your tan fades.

The first step in a seamless tanning routine is exfoliation to slough off the top layer of dead skin cells and form a smooth base for your tan to stick to. Renowned as the “juice cleanse of the beauty world”, dry brushing is a new, revolutionary exfoliating technique that is incredibly effective and easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Begin at your feet and brush upwards using gentle, small strokes, or work in a circular motion. Take a shower afterwards to rinse away the dead skin cells and follow up with a hydrating moisturiser to replenish your skin. Regular body brushing primes your skin to absorb the ingredients in your skincare products, keeps ingrown hairs and clogged pores at bay and helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. A long list of beneficial properties, plus prepping your skin for a perfect fake tan application? Sign us up!

Tanning Routine Glowing BronzedOnce your skin is scrubbed and prepped, it’s time to choose the right formula of fake tan for your skin type. Faking a tan has become a whole lot easier recently thanks to a new crop of mousse, gel and water-based tanning products becoming readily available on our doorsteps, but which is the right formula for you? Suffer with shiny skin throughout the Summer months? Opt for a oil-free mousse that contains lightweight, natural soothers as it has a light consistency and isn’t heavy on the skin. If you suffer from dry skin, even throughout the warmer months, opt for a tan that contains hydrating properties to keep them pesky dry batches at bay. 

Are you trying to maintain your tan or nail your fake tanning routine?

Are you looking for easy and quick at-home massage treatments to incorporate into your self-care routine? Check out our last blog post!

Home Massage Gua Sha and Jade Roller

At-home massage techniques designed for healthier skin

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Home Massage TechniquesWhether you’ve vowed to make 2019 the year of self-care, or you want to tone and tighten your skin for the Summer, home massage therapy can be highly beneficial. For those interested in effective at-home beauty treatments, we have compiled a list of the most popular massage techniques in the mainstream beauty world that you can perform at home. 

When setting off for a Summer holiday, fears of exposing cellulite can put a dampener on the experience. However, as well as the usual anti-cellulite techniques, such as drinking lots of water and detoxifying your body, massage can also be hugely beneficial. A deep tissue massage at a salon works to reduce cellulite by rolling and suctioning different parts of the body to restore circulation. While this massage technique and regular treatment will not rid the body of cellulite alone, they will help diminish the appearance and help prevent further deterioration of the tissues.

For an at-home massage treatment, use a cream or oil and mimic the technique using firm, circular pinching movements from the lower leg upwards.  If you’re looking for a little extra help, use a scrub vigorously in the shower that contains sea salts containing minerals that are detoxifying which will also rid you of dead skin cells – giving you a healthy glow and helping make your legs appear smoother. While it’s definitely not a relaxing treat, after a few treatments you’ll be ready to hit the beach in no time!  

Facial massage is the secret every skincare guru relies on, and just like the body, the more you move your facial muscles, the more lifted and tightened your skin becomes. Recently becoming a cult product in the mainstream beauty world is the ancient Chinese ‘gua sha’ tool.  To use the tool, stroke it across your face in different directions and areas. It not only aids skincare products in further penetrating the skin, but it will also help to boost blood circulation and stimulate the skin. Another tool that helps to de-puff the skin, reduce inflammation, and brighten your appearance is the infamous Jade facial roller. Using the same Home Massage Gua Sha and Jade Rollermovements and technique, this tool is renowned for being a quick-fix workout for your skin, helping to sculpt and naturally contour your skin. We don’t need any more convincing! 

Whether you use it when you wake up as a morning ritual, or a wind-down at the end of the day, this at-home massage is not only meditative, but it is also a great way to sneak in some self-care. Thanks to its collagen and immunity-boosting results, no wonder this self-treatment ritual has become a staple in achieving toned, glowing skin. 

Whichever technique you decide to try out, the most important part is to incorporate it into your daily routine so that you can fully reap the rewards. What is five minutes out of your day when you could have tightened, healthy skin?

Our 5 go-to beach beauty essentials- Hit the beach

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Beach Beauty Favourites

Whether you’re hitting the beach all day, or visiting on a late evening excursion, a trip to the beach calls for the perfect line-up of good books, cocktails on tap and, of course, a fool-proof batch of beach beauty products. Although packing your seaside essentials may seem like a walk in the park, you can never be too prepared when it comes to humidity, heat, sun and sand. We’re here to cover all bases so you don’t have to. From revitalising facial mist to must-have accessories, we’ve rounded up our beach beauty essentials to keep you polished and protected in the sun all day long.

  1. SPF: Of course we’re starting off with the holy-grail, ride or die product of beach beauty- SPF. No matter how much joy it brings, the sun is not your friend, so it’s important to load up on sun protection to shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. It can be difficult to find a sunscreen that feels good, or one that doesn’t leave a white, chalky film, but our prayers have finally been answered. 2019 is the year of revolutionary beauty products, and with a plethora of SPF’s readily available in the high-street, our search for a non-greasy, weightless SPF has come to a halt. The key is to reapply often, as even water resistant formulas only last for a maximum of 80 minutes before wearing off. The perfect cocktail for your skin throughout a long Summer’s day!
  2. Cooling mist: In the hot summer sun, a facial mist is the perfect way to cool down and refresh your skin when you’re feeling frazzled. Stash a revitalising, purifying spray toner or cooling mist in your bag to give your face and body the hydration hit it needs throughout the day. It not only works to remove any dirt that may have built up throughout the day, but it also restores moisture to dry, congested skin, leaving you feeling fresh and reenergised to return to your beachside activities. 
  3. Makeup wipes: Every girl is no stranger to a trusty makeup wipe, whether it’s for a quick and easy makeup removal after a night out, or as part of your lazy Sunday beauty regime. But, did you know they’re also perfect for a quick pick-me-up at the beach too? Even if you’re going au naturel, a makeup wipe will help you remove any sand, salt or sweat that may be clogging up your pores, instantly giving you a boost of freshness. Thankfully, there are a ton of biodegradable and reusable makeup wipes on the market that combine the convenience and practicality of a typical wipe, without harming the environment. A fresh face and a clear conscience! 
  4. Sunglasses: Though sunglasses are a staple in completing any Summer look, they’re also essential for providing eye protection from the sun on a trip to the beach. They don’t only protect your eyes from harmful UV rays,  but they also reduce the risk of acquiring wrinkles due to squinting in the sun. Opt for a pair of sunglasses with wide frames that will provide your eyes with coverage, and if it has a high UV rating, that’s a huge bonus! Sun protection has never looked so fabulous. 
  5. Beach beauty essentials Hair-care: Salt water and wind at the beach can leave your hair feeling a little lack-lustre and parched, while the sun can take a toll on your colour. If your hair has taken a beating from the salty waves, try spritzing in a detangler before tackling your tangles to ensure there isn’t any tugging or snapping of your hair. Follow up with a wet brush, designed specifically to comb through wet hair, leaving it tangle and frizz free. Hot and humid weather is a perfect recipe for frizzy hair, so if you need an extra hand keeping your frizz at bay, spray and smooth a de-frizzing product into hair. It not only tames fly-aways, but it also replenishes your hair’s natural oils, making it shiny and soft in the process. 

What are your beach beauty essentials for the Summer?

Check out our last blog on the hottest Summer nail trends this year, so you can dig your digits all Summer long!

Summer nail trends- Fresh hot digits

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Summer nail trends As the layers come off and the Summer selfies start flooding in, it is officially the season to dig getting creative with your digits. From an unexpected 90’s trend comeback to crystal encrusted fingertips, it’s safe to say that this year’s hottest Summer nail trends are anything but boring. We’ve put together the ultimate guide on the top Summer nail trends that you’ll be seeing everywhere this season, and thanks to our help, you can rock them too.

Instead of choosing one solid colour for your Summer manicure, why not bring two to the party instead? The framed nail art trend is the new go-to nail design for manicure minimalists and nail novices, and we can see why. This design is a simple and easy way to embellish your fingertips without being too flashy, and with a steady hand and a little practice, it could be your new go-to. 

  1. Simply paint on two coats of your favourite coloured polish.
  2. Follow up with a nail-art pen in a darker, or lighter, shade to outline the edge of your nails.
  3. Seal the deal with a top coat and lean back to admire your hard work. 

From pearl droplets or jewels arranged around the edges, to endless colour combinations, you have tons of creative freedom when it comes to creating your very own frame art. We suggest pairing a metallic shade with a bold matte for an edgy twist on this sleek, elegant manicure. 

Summer nail trends jelly nailsThe most unexpected nail trend of the Summer comes in the form of jelly nails. Reminiscent of the iconic 90’s jelly sandals we’ve all worn, know and love, the see-through jelly manicure is taking social media by storm. Ranging from neon, florescent Summer hues to glitter embedded tips, a quick scroll through Instagram will reveal that this style comes in a whole range of shapes, colours and finishes, making it coveted by all manicure fanatics.

Although this trend is best left to the experts, you can easily nail this trend at home with just a little time and effort. Simply mix a clear polish with a colour of your choice and apply to the nails as usual to create the jelly, glass-like effect. Alternatively, there are a wide variety of press on jelly nails sweeping the beauty market, making it the perfect jelly nail hack. This trend is not only fun and playful, but it’s beautifully reflective in the sun, making it the perfect nail trend to get behind this Summer. 

Summer nail trends jewelsJewel-encrusted nail art works great as an accent to a single nail, but who says you can’t pull off the look as a whole manicure? Influencers are flocking to Instagram to share their light-catching, Swarovski crystal encrusted manicures, and we’re ready to jump on the bandwagon. 

  1. Grab a nail polish of your choosing and paint your nail as usual.  
  2. Apply a top coat to act as a sticky base for the jewels. 
  3. Using a wood stick dipped into the top coat, pick up a jewel and press lightly onto the nail while the top coat is still tacky. 
  4. Polish the look off with a layer top coat over the entire nail and allow to dry. 

While many of our favourite nail gurus have undergone a full Swarovski crystal makeover, you can find jewels at any art supply shop to give you the same effect for half the price tag. 

Which of these Summer nail trends will you be rocking this season?

To find out how to make your makeup last all day in the Summer heat, check out our last blog post and let us know if you’ve tried out any of our hints and tips!

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How to avoid a Summer makeup meltdown – Long-lasting makeup tips

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Long-lasting Summer Makeup When temperatures rise in the Summer months, you may think it’s pointless to even wear makeup. If your summer makeup is prone to sliding off your face by 2pm in the heat, we’ve got your back. We’ve rounded up a list of essential steps to ensuring your makeup remains locked in, even through the sweat. From primers, to blotting cushions, to lipstick layering, the beauty world has offered up some new products and techniques for you to try out this Summer.

A primer is the first step and an essential aspect of flawless summer makeup application. The purpose of a primer is to build an extra layer between your skin and your foundation, helping the product stick to the skin whilst brightening and smoothing the area. We know what you’re thinking… Why would I slather yet another layer of product onto my skin in the heat? If you have oily skin, an oil-free, mattifing primer can work wonders, especially around the t-zone area. If you’re not a fan of the fully matte look, concentrate an illuminating primer on your cheeks and temples to bring life back into skin. The combination of primers will instantly give you that much-needed radiance boost whilst eliminating any unwanted shine. You’ll be ready to take on the humidity all day long!

Summer Long-Wearing MakeupSay goodbye to pieces of greasy, scrunched up blotting papers taking refuge at the bottom of your bag, because a new blotting tool is taking the summer makeup world by storm: the game-changing miracle blotting cushions. Gently press the sponge across the problem areas on your face to smooth, absorb oils and keep your makeup fresh and shine-free all day long. 

If you’re someone who loves a statement lip, you’ve no doubt spent time pondering how to make it last the entire day. The first port of call for making your lipstick last the day is layering it up. Although liquid lipsticks promise longevity, they have a tendency of cracking and flaking by the time the day is up. If you want to make a normal bullet lipstick last, apply a layer, blot off the excess and repeat as many times as you deem necessary. A lip-brush is crucial to the application process as they are designed to apply products with precision and to prevent them from smudging, leaving you with a smudge-proof pout. 

Summer Makeup Lip BrushWe’ve been told time and again that setting spray is the hero product for shine control and smudge proof summer makeup. A setting spray should be the last step in your beauty regime to ensure that your makeup is locked in before you’re out the door. Keep your spray by your side while you’re out as just a few spritzes can instantly revive and refresh your makeup, giving the skin a well-needed pick-me-up during a humid day. Do you have any long-lasting makeup tips?

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Festival makeup and hair trends 2019 – Get that look

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On-Trend Festival Makeup and Hair LooksOur excitement for festival season is already sky high, but creating a standout festival makeup look is an essential part of the experience. If you’re mid-prepping for festival season or you just want to break out of your everyday makeup routine and experiment with your look, the Vanity Van team have put together a select few of our favourite festival ready looksFrom loud rainbow brows, to understated hair accessories, there is something for everyone in this year’s crop of festival makeup and hair trends. 

Haven’t you heard? There’s no need to fear Summer showers during festival season, because the wet look is back in and better than ever before. Recently popularised by Kim Kardashian at the 2019 Met Gala, every makeup fanatic was swooning at her ‘fresh out of the ocean’ look. To achieve this glistening, wet-look effect, add a blinding highlight to the centre of the eyelid, blending it upwards towards the brow bone. Pack a chunky, silver glitter on top of the highlighter, decreasing the intensity as you reach the brow. Instead of applying it just across the lid, shake things up and apply it both above and below the eye, extending it towards the apples of your cheeks. This symmetrical, blinged-out eye look is sure to make a statement, and not to mention, it’s the perfect cover up for those pesky under-eye bags after a long night of singing and dancing to your favourite bands  

Festival Makeup Rainbow BrowsIf you’re looking to inject some subtle colour into your festival makeup, then look no further. Colour doesn’t just have to be limited to the eyelids, and thanks to Instagram’s latest rainbow brow craze, it no longer is. Thankfully, if you’re not fully committed to permanently dyeing your brows, there are a bunch of beauty brands releasing their very own rainbow eyebrow pomades, purely to make this trend completely achievable and mess-free. To achieve this beautifully bold look, begin by applying the darkest of your chosen shades to the arch of your brow and extend it to the tail with an angled brush. Continue the process, from darkest to lightest, until you reach the head of your brow. Finish the look off by combing your brows with a spoolie to create a seamless gradient of colours and apply a strong-hold clear brow gel. 

Festival Makeup and Hair Accessories While your makeup may be the main attraction in your festival ensemble this Summer, they key to nailing your look is balance. When packing your festi-hair kit essentials, it can be a great ordeal to find room for all of your go-to hair products. Luckily, we have a hairstyle that requires minimal product so you can look hot to trot without having to pack heavy… we introduce, the messy high ponytail. To achieve this effortlessly chic hairstyle, begin by applying dry shampoo throughout your roots and massaging it in to give your hair extra volume. Gather your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with hair tie, then pull out some hair from the front to give it messy look. Simple, right? But, do you still feel like your pony is missing something? Well, you’re in luck because the 80’s scrunchie has reemerged from the ashes of our childhood and is setting up shop on the SS19 runways, infiltrating high-street fashion and is set to be a must-have accessory for festival season. Whether you’re already obsessing over the scrunchie trend, or you’re yet to embrace its comeback, it’s time to accept it because it’s here to stay. 

Which of these statement looks will you be trying out this festival season?

Check out our last blog post on our skincare must-haves to beat the heat during festival season!