The best multi-tasking makeup for music festival season

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The best multi-tasking makeup for music festival season
If you're lucky enough to be hitting the summer festival circuit — from Primavera Sound to Glastonbury — here are the makeup products that are portable, pretty and can do more than one thing

Priorities. We know that having access to a clean-ish toilet, a place to lay your head at night and even ample drinks (without braving a super long queue) may be the main things you worry about if you are hitting the musical festival scene. But if looking good is important to you as well, you'll probably want to sneak in a few makeup products into your fringed purse or leather backpack... especially if you run into other attractive festival-goers. Here are some makeup marvels that will perk up your face in a flash, and will be pretty easy to apply on-the-go.


Multiple use powder
Let's face it, you're going to get sweaty. A powder like this one can mattify any oily areas like the T-zone, add radiance and bronziness to a dull complexion and even act as a makeshift eyeshadow if need be.

M.A.C Gleamtones Powders in Dunes at Dusk, $58

A lip and cheek cream 
Why carry two products when one will suffice? A lip and cheek stain can add a natural flush to your complexion and a dose of colour to your lips. These don't require brushes or even mirrors — they're that easy to use.

Burberry Beauty Lip & Cheek Bloom in Poppy

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Moon Beach, US$52
Flesh-toned pencils
Although these might seem extraneous considering the limited space, you'll be pretty thankful for these babies when a nasty spot, dark circles or puffiness is making you look less than stellar. These creamy pencils just glide on and have a matte finish. Ideal for sculpting, these can also be blended as cover-up as well. 

Nudestix Contour in Medium Light and Deep Medium

A brown eye pencil
Why brown? Well, a brown pencil is a softer alternative to harsh black liquid eyeliner — that also looks really bad when it goes all smudgy — and can double up as an eyebrow pencil in a pinch. Just make sure to use super soft strokes so that your brows don't look too harsh and pencilled in. This smudge-proof pencil can last through almost anything — think rain, sweat and tears. 

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in S50, $36 

An all-in-one balm
While not purely cosmetic, an all-in-one balm will come in handy in a festival setting. Great for chapped lips, small cuts and bites and dry cuticles, this can even be used as an eye gloss when dabbed over eyeshadow or to tame unruly brows. What a winner!

Elizabeth Arden The Original Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant

Text: Renée Batchelor

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