The top five festival beauty trends

Partying in a field has undergone a glam-over this summer. Think less face paint, more jewelled embellishment. This new festival vibe is all about accessorising your face, body and hair.


Image: Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss and Doutzen Kroes  in a festival-inspired beauty look backstage at the Versace couture show

When it comes to festival beauty this season, piling on the glitz is your fast track to the VIP enclosure. This look is all about minimal make-up, transformed with statement pieces. And the best news? They’re unbelievably speedy to apply so you can spend more time front of stage.

1. Face gems

Who needs contouring when you can have a smattering of gems framing your eyes? "Mini stars prove especially popular for festivals," according to beauty and fragrance buyer at Fenwick Kingston, Michelle Collacott.

Gigi Hadid wore gems floating above her brows like a bejewelled festival warrior at Coachella. Pick your sticker placement carefully. Keep the focus on the outer corners to elongate your eyes, wear arched over your brows to create a secret face lift - or go all-out with both. Most gem packs have a face chart for DIY inspiration.

TRY: 3D face gems, £5 per pack, Topshop (available at Fenwick Kingston and Newcastle)

2. Body embellishment

From music videos to Instagram snaps, Beyonce is queen of the metallic temporary tattoo and her ongoing obsession has transferred to the festival field.
“We’ve seen a big uplift in body tattoos this festival season - basically anything that looks like jewellery,” says Collacott.
Wear piled on like trinkets around your arms, or experiment with one eye-catching piece on your décolletage or base of your neck. To add interest look for metallic tattoos featuring a shot of colour.

TRY:  Isabella temporary tattoos, £20, Flash Tattoos (available at Fenwick Bond Street, Brent Cross and Kingston)

3. Nail decor

Ditch impractical stick-ons and bling up your mani with appliques, aka the easy way to do nail art.
Think of these metallic symbols as an extension of your jewellery by teaming with a mix of fine midi and statement rings. Try not to be too formulaic or matchy-matchy; keep your fingertips fresh with mismatched icons and symbols.
For the best effect create a contrast with your nail base colour. Try gold appliques worn against a stark white or opaque orangey-red.

TRY:  Fash Pack Nail Tattoos, £10, Nails Inc (available from Fenwick Bond Street, Canterbury, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, Windsor and York)

4. Crowning glory

Don’t leave your hair out of the festi-glam mood. Keep unruly locks in place all day with a statement headpiece.
Switch last year’s ubiquitous flower crown for something that looks more like jewellery for the hair.
Peruse Pinterest boards for Dolce & Gabbana’s ornate catwalk headwear for inspiration. Think gold coin headbands, embellished crowns, and even crystallised headphones if you’re feeling antisocial.

TRY: Embellished feather haircrown, £25, Orelia (available at Fenwick Kingston)


5. Feather flutter

Feathers and festivals are a match made in heaven. Millie Mackintosh echoed the mini feathers in her headchain at Coachella with a gold tattoo across her cheekbone.

For something more subtle, embellish your eyelids with feathers. Look for false feather lashes in lifelike dark neutral colours rather than fancy dress brights and team with an almost-naked eye. Carry the theme through like Millie with delicate metallic feather tattoos on your wrists.

TRY: Brown feather false eyelashes, £18.50, Shu Uemura (available at Fenwick Bond Street)

By Lisa Haynes