Beauty spot: Get the best festival look

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IT’S time to dig out those wellies and don those funky shades because this weekend sees the return of music festival T In The Park. Staying fresh-faced at festivals can pose a problem, however there are beauty products out there which can help.

For those camping, avoid the queues for the showers and freshen up locks without water with dry shampoo. These are really easy to use: simply spray on at roots, massage into hair, leave for a few moments then brush out. Any grease is soaked up and these usually come scented so can help hide any unwanted festival smells. If you haven’t used one before, the range by Batiste is fool-proof and wallet-friendly.

Otherwise, if you don’t have any dry shampoo, try using talcum powder. Depending on your hair type – and colour – begin by using just a little. You can always use more but it can be more awkward to get rid of large amounts once applied to the hair root.

Try to avoid any spots and keep skin clean. Use wipes to keep grime and dirt at bay. For those prone to breakouts, there are anti-blemish wipes on the market to try to keep spots at bay.

Avoid being a litter bug with Neal’s Yard Organic Facial Wipes. These contain aloe vera and white tea, and as well as being vegan friendly, they are made with 100 per cent biodegradable organic cotton. And you could also opt for a dedicated eye make-up removal pad to stop mascara from smudging and help avoid the dreaded panda eye look.

All that festival fun can take it out of your skin so keep it looking refreshed with facial sprays. I’ve recently been introduced to Scottish skincare brand SkinGuru. The Be Calm Hydrating Mist is now one of my summer essentials thanks to its soothing and hydrating properties. Or Liz Earle’s Instant Boost Skin Tonic is made with cucumber and chamomile to keep skin cool and hydrated whatever the weather.

Keep your mitts clean and pack hand wash, preferably one in handy travel size. The Body Shop’s Absinthe Purifying Hand Gel sounds like it’s made for festivals. To use simply rub onto hands and there’s no need to rinse. And since showers aren’t always possible stock up on body wipes too.

Don’t bother with expensive perfumes, body sprays are an inexpensive way to stay fresh. Impulse has long been a favourite. Q Body Sprays are a new addition to the body spray market. And these have the added bonus of having been created to resemble some famous fragrances. So fans of pricey perfumes, such as those by Bulgari or Dior, can stay suitably fragrant for just a few pounds. You can pick these up from the usual high street chemists.

For those who can’t live without make-up, opt to streamline your make-up bag and use multi-functional products. For instance BB creams – short for blemish or beauty balms – offer sunblock, moisturiser and foundation all in one. And lip tints can be used as cheek tints. Girls looking to travel light should try Revlon’s Baby Stick Lip and Cheek Tint, which aside from being a two-in-one product, is also pocket-sized. My own festival make-up bag always includes Vaseline – a great way to keep lips moisturised and soft. Plus it’s also great to use on cheeks to moisturise and to create a glow. And if you absolutely cannot be parted with your foundation, then my advice would be to use a primer to help it go the distance. Benefit’s new Stay Flawless primer promises to keep foundation in place for 15 hours.

Over the years glittery eye make-up has become a festival favourite spotted on the likes of Lily Allen, Katy Perry and Jessie J. Eye Kandy is a glittery eye make-up specialist and is available online. Apply all over eyes or use to draw shapes for a bold make-up look. If you can’t live without mascara, use a waterproof one: smeared mascara is never a good look. Or tint your lashes to create the same look without the need for mascara. But one of the most important festival beauty items is sunscreen – don’t leave home without it.

And when you return from the festival, always give your skin a thorough cleanse and exfoliation. Use a warm, damp cloth to open pores. But don’t use hot water as this can damage skin. Face masks are a great way to revitalise skin and give it a much-needed boost.

Of course, T In The Park isn’t the only festival. And with August looming there are plenty of pampering treats for those looking to escape the Edinburgh Festival crowds, or indeed rest their weary legs.

Norton House Hotel and Spa has put together a Festival Ready Spa Day. With a shape and polish for fingers or toes, as well as a combination of facial and/ or body treatments and a glass of champers, it sounds like the ideal antidote to all the festival frolics.

Book in July and August for just £79 from Monday through to Thursday and £99 from Friday to Sunday. Contact Norton House Spa Reception on 0131 333 6444 to book.

And after all the festival fun, why not relax in the lap of luxury. The One Spa at the Sheraton Hotel has a special Festival Time Out Spa. Running throughout the month of August, it includes an Intensive Facial, Essential Back Massage and use of the Thermal Suite and Hydro-pool. It’s currently on offer, costing £120 instead of the usual price of £160. Contact the spa on 0131 221 7777 quoting Festival Time Out. Of course, T In The Park isn’t the only festival. And with August looming there are plenty of pampering treats for those looking to escape the Edinburgh Festival crowds, or indeed rest their weary legs.

Norton House Hotel and Spa has put together a Festival Ready Spa Day. With a shape and polish for fingers or toes, as well as a combination of facial and/ or body treatments and a glass of champers, it sounds like the ideal antidote to all the festival frolics.

Book in July and August for just £79 from Monday through to Thursday and £99 from Friday to Sunday. Contact Norton House Spa Reception on 0131 333 6444 to book.

And after all the festival fun, why not relax in the lap of luxury. The One Spa at the Sheraton Hotel has a special Festival Time Out Spa. Running throughout the month of August, it includes an Intensive Facial, Essential Back Massage and use of the Thermal Suite and Hydro-pool. It’s currently on offer, costing £120 instead of the usual price of £160. Contact the spa on 0131 221 7777 quoting Festival Time Out.

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