As much as we’d love to, wearing glitter and a neon wig isn’t always an option in the office. That’s why Academy loves festival season – the time of the year where we all get to express our inner creativity and unleash our summer goddess.
That being said, it’s not always easy to unleash your summer goddess from the inside of a tiny tent adrift on a sea of mud. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide on how to prepare for festival season and ensure you look your glittery festival fairy best in even the most adverse of conditions.
Academy’s Top Festival Tips
Prepare in advance – The key to looking great at a festival is to get ready before you’ve even started packing that rucksack. Treating yourself to a bright new summer-ready hair colour, long-lasting lashes, a brow treatment, a facial, a wax and hair styling that will last all weekend means that you’ll be ready to go every morning – no makeup or hair products needed! It also means there’s room in your luggage for that extra pot of glitter.
Get your toolkit ready – Baby wipes, deodorant, dry shampoo, sun cream, after sun, hand gel. Make a list of all the toiletries you need, then buy the mini versions of everything to save yourself from lugging a heavy backpack through the mud.
Multitask – Take products that have more than one use so you can travel light. Lip and cheek stains, volumising dry shampoo and glittery sun cream are some of our favourites.
Be weather wise – The British weather is unpredictable so make sure you’re ready for everything. Braids are the perfect low maintenance hairstyle for both heatwaves and thunderstorms, while suncream is an absolute must for sunny days. Sunburn is so not on trend.
Go wild – Whatever festival style you choose, have fun! Festivals are one of the only chances we get to go crazy with our style, so go for that pastel hair colour you’ve been coveting and treat yourself to those extra long lashes. No one ever regretted looking fabulous.
Our Favourite 2018 Festival Season Hair
Braids – As we said before, braids are the ultimate festival style for all weathers. Cool in the heat and frizz-free in the rain, braids can be worn alongside loose floaty waves or in two tight French pigtails for a low-maintenance lewk.
Mermaid – This style has been all over the spring summer catwalks. The perfect accompaniment to glitter makeup and iridescent nails, long loose mermaid waves are a festival classic.
The Messy Top Knot – The messy top knot is still going strong! Both glam and effortless looking, this chic style looks even better with dirty, tousled hair – ideal for festivals.
Textured – Natural textures are hot this summer, and festival season is the perfect time to celebrate what Mother Nature gave you. After all, there’s no effort required to rock your own unique look. Go for a conditioning treatment pre-festival to get your tresses looking their best.
Bold – From glitter hairspray to pastel palettes, whatever hairstyle you choose this festival season, make it bold. Think tropical bloom, not shrinking violet!
Our Favourite 2018 Festival Season Beauty
Au Naturel – The easiest 2018 summer makeup trend to pull off, the au naturel look is all about skincare rather than a whole face of makeup. A facial, a good moisturiser and a slick of lip balm is all you need to achieve this glowy, natural vibe.
Magical Makeup – Whether you choose unicorns or mermaids, 2018 is all about magical makeup. Think ethereal highlighter, long lashes, rainbow palettes and oh so much glitter.
Golden Glow – There’s nothing like a spray tan to get you looking your best, and glowy golden skin is perfect for festival season – especially if you don’t fancy piling on foundation in the heat or rain.
Neon Queen – For all you ravers out there, we’re seeing a wave of neon makeup hitting Instagram recently. From bold lips to glow-in-the-dark nails, the neon look is perfect for hitting the rave tent when the sun goes down.
Accessorise – Metallic stars, fake piercings or even gold leaf face decorations, 2018 makeup is all about accessorising. Grab that (skin safe!) glue and have some fun.
Your Festival Fairy Godmothers
Spotted a festival style you love? Whether you want some lush LVL lashes for the weekend, a pampering beauty treatment to get you polished or a bold new hairstyle to make an entrance, Academy can get you festival ready in no time. So book now to get glowing.
Please note that beauty treatments are only available at our Cobham and Weybridge salons.