The lazy girl's guide to flawless festival beauty

Heading to a festival? Wondering how to perfect the undone beauty of Alexa Chung et al with minimum sleep, running water and an abundance of mud? We have compiled our top ten festival beauty hacks that will take you (in our calculations) under five minutes - so you look your best without so much as a hot shower in sight.


Image: Caroline Leeming; stylist: Claire Brayford. Bronze Goddess powder, £32, Estee Lauder; sunglasses, £29.95, See Concept; Double Wear Stay in Place Flawless Wear Concealer, £21.50, Estee Lauder; Floral nail varnish, £14, Nails Inc; Rosy Glow blusher, £31.50, Christian Dior; lip gloss in bright pink, £18.50, Bobbi Brown; Terracotta bronzing powder mist SPF 10, £38, Guerlain; eyeshadow in stars and rockets, £13, M.A.C; BB Skin perfecting cream SPF 25, £30, Clarins; One More Day dry shampoo, £6, Philip Kingsley; friendship bracelets, £4.95 each (All available at Fenwick Canterbury and Kingston).

1. The alternative blow-dry = 10 seconds 

In a handy mini bottle, Philip Kingsley's scalp-refreshing, soothing, dry shampoo will mattify any grease while adding that Alexa Chung-style tousled effect in seconds.

One More Day dry shampoo, £6, Philip Kingsley

2. The nail cheat = 1 minute 30 seconds

There's no time for fiddly nail art but you can make sure your fingers and toes enjoy the party with Nails Inc Blossom varnish. There's something about embellished varnish that is easier to apply than classic lacquers and it doesn't matter if it's not quite perfect.

Blossom nail varnish, £14, Nails Inc

3. The all-in-one cleanser = 20 seconds

Mud, makeup, face paints - remove all remnants of the day in one clean sweep with M.A.C wipes super-saturated with cleanser and infused with protective vitamin E to soothe your skin.

30 sheets, £10, M.A.C


4. The all-in-one base = 15 seconds

Create a perfectly even skin tone without primer, pore minimiser or any of your usual skincare extras with Clarins' BB Cream. It revitalises, nourishes and has a built in SPF 25 so is even more of a beauty-save.

BB Skin Perfecting Cream, £30, Clarins

5. The hand wash = 5 seconds

A moisturising hand sanitiser spray that conveniently fits in your pocket and leaves your hands smelling fresh - don't leave your tent without it.

Lemon fragrance hand sanitizer, £2.99, Mad Beauty

6. The bronzing bluff = 5 seconds 

There's no time for carefully contouring your cheekbones, you can achieve an even and natural sun-kissed effect in seconds with Guerlain's famous Terracotta powder in a spray.

Terracotta bronzing powder mist SPF 10, £38, Guerlain

7. The pout plumper = 1 minute

This is a great cheat to make your lips look plumper when there's no time to mess about with lip liner and the like. Simply suck small puffs of air out of the enhancer for instant naturally full lips.

Lip enhancer, £12.95, Fullips

8. Waterproof mascara = 45 seconds

M.A.C's Haute & Naughty waterproof mascara gives rich black lashes that are tear-proof and humidity resistant and boasts added conditioner so there's no hardening or unsightly flakes even after you've partied all night.

Haute & Naughty waterproof mascara, £19, M.A.C; eyeshadow in stars and rockets veluxe pearl, £13, M.A.C and friendship bracelets, £1.95.

9. The fuss-free blotter = 10 seconds

Don't fiddle with blotting paper if you suffer from shine, Benefit's instant blotting stick contains tiny spheres that mattify an oily T-zone for up to six hours.

The Pore-fessional, instant oil blotting stick, £15.50, Benefit

10. The instant glow = 45 seconds

Feeling sleep-deprived? This travel-size Holiday in a Bottle is like liquid sunshine. Incredibly light and easy-to-use, the instant glow comes in two shades - natural for paler skin or suntan for darker tones - and gives you a boost of radiance with even the tiniest amount. 

Holiday in a bottle, £28, Time Bomb Cosmetics

Available at Fenwick Canterbury and Kingston 

By Claire Brayford