The arrival of Coachella means that it is safe to say that (music) festival season is well and truly here. The California based festival is generally seen as a good benchmark for working out which trends will be most popular throughout the festival season and this year is no different.
I’ve looked through so many images from this years Coachella and taken the key trends that are no doubt going to be seen at music festivals on both sides of the pond and offered up my ethical alternative to them.
Here are the top five beauty trends which have caught my eye and some eco suggestions for how to achieve them…
The world is your oyster with this one. Bold shadows, graphic liner and coloured mascara were all popular takes on the statement eye for this year and all themes which I imagine we will be seeing a lot of throughout the coming summer. My pick of the bunch is bold, block colour on the lids so I suggest taking a look at the fantastic range of Loose colour concentrates and the Pure Matte cosmetic pigments from OCC; strong, vibrant colours which pack a punch. The one drawback is that they may not be the most practical product if you are at a festival being loose powder formulations, so if you are looking for something with a little less of a life of its own then I recommend the pressed powder eyeshadows from Couleur Caramel and Zao Cosmetics. If pencils will help lighten the load in your mini-festival make-up bag then Inika and Benecos Kajal pencils are my faves for strong colour and longevity!
It wouldn’t be a festival if there wasn’t glitter involved. Glitter lips, arcs of glitter around the temple and cheekbone, sprinkled over the lids, across collarbones; anywhere goes – it looks great sprinkled through a parting too! Unfortunately most glitter isn’t in the least bit good for the environment as it is produced from PET film however there is now such a thing as biodegradable glitter (you can read my post here) and you can pick up a variety of great bio-shades from Glitterlution (great for stand alone shades but I love their Unicorn blend!) and EcoGlitterFun where you can get some fabulous blends such as Genie and Candy Floss.
Sun worshipers listen up! This could be one for you. Bronzed skin was the order of the day for many at Coachella and I’m sure it won’t stop at the US. Enhance the sun kissed look with a little shimmering bronzer across the high points of your face and other areas such as shoulders and collarbones. We Evade from Studio 78 Paris or Jane Iredale 24 Karat Gold Dust look great dusted on. Alternatively Vapour Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer is a great cream option. For those of you who want to create an all over glow, try Pritty Peaushun body lotion (available in four shades) or totally fake it with Lavera Self Tan.
Lashes were getting a lot of love again this year and the bigger the better it seemed. Any of you who follow this blog regularly will know that Helen Dowsley Lashes (available in the UK from Vanity Bites) are my ultimate favourites; 3D Volume and Smokey lashes have the biggest impact. If you like to see lashes in person before you commit to a purchase then vegan-friendly mainstream cosmetics brand Illamasqua do some fabulous statement lashes and have concession stores around the country; my picks from the range are the Visage and Intoxicate lashes. If you want to go all out then take a peek at the beautiful and intricately cut paper lashes from Paperself (here’s the post I wrote a while ago); all are stunning but I’m loving the Lace Garden ones at the moment.
Last but by no means least is the lips. Bright lips are always a go-er in the summer and if you are a nude kinda individual then go for it with a vibrant lip this festival time. I particular love Ilia’s Karma Chameleon, Kimchi from Bite Beauty and Couleur Caramel’s Coral. If brights are your standard and therefore a little tame for a festival then why not use the afore mentioned glitter to create lips that sparkle? Alternatively think metallic and blend your favourite metallic loose shadow (I’m thinking Bronze Sparkle by Lily Lolo or Royal Flush from Alva) with a clear lipgloss or blot over the top of your lipstick. I warn you, both options feel odd but they look fab!!
What’s your festival beauty look this year?