When I went to my first festival in the early noughties, I wore green farmer wellies, old jeans and my mother's raincoat. For two days. Even when I was sleeping.
These days, when there are the same number of Field Style photographers roaming around as there are tents, farmer wellies, old jeans and mammy's raincoat just won't cut it. You don't have to get dressed up like you're going on a night on the tiles nor do you have to layer on makeup, but festivals are occasions now, and you know it and I know it, it's fun to make an effort.
However, festivals can last up to three days, and when you've already got a rucksack full of provisions, you don't want to have to haul around a full 'glam kit' too. Luckily, you don't have to. To be photo ready at a festival, you only need a few easy-to-pack essentials.
- Basic makeup kit
You do not need Kim Kardashian levels of makeup when you are going to a festival; you only need the basics.
- Foundation or BB cream (which you can decant into a little travel-sized pot, or ask for a sample size)
- A mini brow kit (because the easiest way to look somewhat polished is groomed eyebrows)
- Mini mascara
- Powder (because festivals tend to get quite sweaty)
- A bright lip shade
Setting spray is also handy, but try something like a water spray which will set your makeup and keep you refreshed, and you might as well throw in a white liner too, to wake up tired eyes!
- Dry shampoo
Before you set off on your festival journey, do your hair. Get a blow-dry, or do it yourself if you wish, but the best way to make sure your festival hair is on point, plait it. Leave your plait(s) for the first or even second day and on the third just shake 'em out. Spruce your hair up with some dry shampoo and you're done. Easy and fabulous.
- Micellar water
There is no need to abandon your cleansing routine just because you don't like the idea of festival 'bathrooms'. An easy, effective way of wiping away your day is to sweep your makeup off with micellar water. The new Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water removes even waterproof makeup and impurities with no rinsing required, and it's suitable even for dry, sensitive skin.
- Sun cream
If there's one thing you definitely can't forget, it's sun cream. Even if it's cloudy, in daytime, the sun can cause damage. There are no two ways about it, just bring it.
- A reusable water bottle
It is so important to keep hydrated, especially when you are out gallivanting all day and into the night. There are usually taps at festivals where you can fill up your own bottle - make use of them. You can buy really handy plastic foldable bottles that expand when filled, which you can pop into your handbag when you're not using it. You will not want to pose for photos if you're panting like a dog after a game of fetch.
Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water is available now at RRP €9.20.