As the summer season approaches, the rain gives way to longer days spent basking in the sunshine. For many of us, that means heading out to festivals, listening to our favourite bands and spending weeks on end in a selection of muddy fields. Depending on which festivals you frequent, the make up and hair trends will differ. You might not want to turn up to Leeds and Reading wearing your outfit from Boomtown, and you’ll want to make sure that you’re ready for the inevitable mid-week downpour. Here are our favourite looks for the best summer festivals:
Boomtown – Day of the Dead
Alongside great music, Boomtown is known for immersive entertainment and intricate costuming from both festival goers and performers. If you’re looking for something which turns heads, Day of the Dead inspired make up is the one to go for. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican festival to honour relatives who have passed, and the wonderful costumes worn during the carnival have inspired everything from Pixar’s Coco to William Hill games such as Day of the Dead. The make up might take some practice, but you’re likely to find someone at camp who can help you out. Make a DIY flower headband before you head off to Boomtown, and you’ll have a chic, scary yet fun outfit when you head out to the different districts.
Reading and Leeds – Plaits and glitter
Reading and Leeds are your festival primers. It’s likely to be muddy at camp, smelly in the loos, and the closest thing you’ll get to a shower is a wet wipe. You’ll feel happier going makeup-free and wearing a simple style which keeps your hair away from your face. Since featuring on catwalks and at Coachella, plaits and braids have become a festival favourite, and it’s easy to see why. You won’t have to endure any dry shampoo build up, and if you braid them tight enough, the style will last until you leave camp on the final day. What’s more, you can decorate your braids and make them as funky as possible. In 2017, glitter partings hit the mainstream, so embrace the sparkly stuff and really jazz up your braids.
Bestival – Bold Brights
This year, Bestival takes place in Dorset, over a week at the beginning of August. It is famed for the carnival atmosphere and bold colours. Get on board with this by embracing bright bold lipsticks in blues and green, which are not traditional lip colours for street wear, but work perfectly at Bestival. You could contrast this with a clashing bright hair colour. Nowadays you don’t have to worry about what your hair will look like in the office on a Monday, thanks to temporary hair chalks and paints. If you have darker hair, it might be a little harder to find highly pigmented temporary colours, so why not try a bright, candyfloss coloured wig or some feather extensions.
Heading to a festival is a great chance to catch all of your favourite bands in one place, but it is also a great chance to experiment with style and step outside of the box of streetwear. You might find that you enjoy your bolder look, and with a little imagination, you can create a fantastic ensemble which will turn heads for the whole trip.