M∙A∙C get you prepped for festival beauty
M∙A∙C always have the festivals covered - this weekend they were at V festival, helping the likes of Jessie J, Rihanna and The Saturdays make sure they were performance ready, and giving them a bespoke festival look - Pixie Lott emerged from the M∙A∙C area with this cute daisy design!
Even though it feels a bit like summer's coming to an end, there are loads more festivals left including Reading, Leads and Creamfields. If you're planning to get down to any more M∙A∙C's Senior Artist Lesley Keane has compiled a Beauty Survival Guide to Festival Chic, to help you stand out from the (very very large) crowds.
Check out Lesley's instructions for you after the cut (and if you follow her advice make sure you send us a picture).
The main make up obstacle I always hear backstage at festivals is 'How do I keep my make up on and stay protected in various weather conditions?' and 'How do I look glamorous and festival cool no matter my age?' Here is a step by step guide to create a popular festival look....
While a shower and hand basin is a luxury, try drenching you're skin in M∙A∙C Fix +, it's a water spritzer with lots of luxurious ingredients to revitalise and rehydrate skin.
While the skin is wet use a M∙A∙C Wipe to cleanse and exfoliate the face.
Use M∙A∙C Complete Comfort Cream to moisturise the face really working it into your skin, foundation will never sit well on dry skin. After a minute apply M∙A∙C Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50 to the face. This will aid to keep your foundation on, even out uneven skin texture and most importantly, protect against sun damage. (BTW this was our favourite of our top six facial sunscreens, so it's a good one!)
M∙A∙C Pro Longwear Foundation is best for festivals due to its longwearing properties, allowing skin to remaining fresh and natural looking. M∙A∙C Pro Longwear Concealer is the perfect concealer to cover any blemishes or hide dark circles. To set the foundation dust M∙A∙C Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder all over the face. Bronze the skin by blending M∙A∙C Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Medium Deep under the cheek bones and in the temples.
If you like the dewy look apply M∙A∙C Lustre drops in Gold Rush across you're cheekbones, or for darker skin tones try M∙A∙C Margin blusher.
Fill in and define brows using M∙A∙C Eye Brows in Lingering or Stud, its waxy texture will withstand heat and rain. Apply M∙A∙C Coffee pencil all around the inside of the eye and smudge it outwards into the lash line with a #219 pencil brush. Then apply a small amount of M∙A∙C Paint Pot in Constructivist across the lid and into the socket using a #224 brush, and then blend it underneath the eye.
Apply M∙A∙C Wood Winked Eyeshadow over the centre of the lid to give a high metallic sheen. Curl the lashes and apply a generous layer of M∙A∙C False Lash mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
Line the lips with M∙A∙C Oak pencil. It's a lovely nude brown tone. Add M∙A∙C Lush Amber lipstick across the lips; try pressing it in with your fingertips for a natural look.
For the festival fearless Bring this look to the next level by adding some bling and face paint. Add drama to the eyes with some false lashes. My favourite are #36! Practice drawing some small flowers with teardrop shaped petals. Scatter some small flower shapes across the cheekbones using a white liner. Try M∙A∙C PRO Chromaline with a small liner brush. Paint inside the petals with M∙A∙C Superslick Liner in Pure Show and dust some M∙A∙C Bronze Reflects Glitter on top