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It’s one thing preparing what to pack – and wear – to this year’s festivals, but your beauty bag needs re-thinking, too.

Festivals are a minefield for beauty dilemmas – the unpredictable weather can be tiring for skin, and then there’s the very realistic risk that our best powders will smash in travel or, worse still, that we’ll lose them altogether.

The trick? Forego your favourite must-have products and those with excess packaging in favour of a condensed selection of essentials that are guaranteed to leave you looking pretty.

We’ve rounded up the perfect packable products that promise to do just that in our guide to your essential festival beauty kit.

See below for the beauty buys you need to keep you looking fresh in the fields…


Face wipes are a usual no-no when it comes to everyday cleansing, but they’re the ideal quick refresher at festivals. Quicker than your normal three-step routine and saving valuable packing space, they’ll come in handy for all sorts of sticky situations, too.

Facial cleansing wipes, £2.50, available at Topshop. BUY NOW!


Save space on individual items and opt for a mini kit that includes all your essentials to creating a flawless finish. We love Benefit’s Confessions of a Concealaholic kit, which houses a brightening face primer, two concealers for custom colour-matching, a camouflage cover-up paste, a colour correction eyelid primer and an instant eye brightener to hide any traces of the night before. It’s bound to become your life-saver.

Confessions of a Concealaholic kit, £28, available at Benefit. BUY NOW!


Don’t risk your favourite blushers and bronzers smashing – go for a stick that’ll do it all in one sweep. We love Mac’s limited edition bronzing stick which allows you to build a natural sun-kissed sheen across cheeks and brow bones.

Mac Surf, Baby! limited edition skinsheen bronzer stick, £23, available at Debenhams. BUY NOW!


A quick slick of mascara is all you need to make your peepers pop. Choose one with a big brush that volumises as well as lengthens lashes for wide awake eyes.

Urban Decay Big Fatty mascara, £15, available at House of Fraser. BUY NOW!


Dry shampoo is an absolute must for lived-in festival hair. Absorbing any excess oils and masking traces of yesterday’s habits, it’s an instant refresher in between washes – we still love Batiste’s Blush.

Batiste dry shampoo, £2.35, available at Boots. BUY NOW!


A simple lip salve that moisturises and protects lips is perfect for festivals. L’Occitane’s limited edition plum blossom gloss is enriched with plum kernel oil to do exactly that, whilst dressing your pout with a pretty hint of pink.

L’Occitane plum blossom lip gloss, £8, available at L’Occitane. BUY NOW!

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