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Trending Festival Makeup Ideas

Festival season is the perfect time to experiment with bold and creative makeup looks that express your individual sense of style.

From glittery eyeshadows and statement blush to coloured mascara and gem accents, there are endless possibilities to light up your look and make you stand out from the crowd.

Explore our favourite festival makeup ideas that will inspire you to try something new this summer.

Glitter Eyeshadow

A close up of a woman's glittery eye makeup

Glitter eyeshadow is a staple for any festival makeup look, instantly adding a touch of glamour and sparkle to your eyes.

Whether you choose to use a more subtle shimmery eyeshadow or pot of loose glitter, we encourage you to experiment with different colors and textures to create a dazzling finish that’ll complement your outfit.

Expert Tip: Use a glitter primer or adhesive to make sure your it stays in place all day and night.

Statement Blush

A woman wearing vibrant blusher makeup

Statement blush is back – in a big way.

From celebrity makeup artists to beauty influencers, everyone seems to be jumping on the trend – just in time for festival season.

If you’re not confident in your makeup skills or would just rather not pack all of your blending brushes in your travel makeup bag, then this simple festival makeup look is perfect for you.

Vibrant blush shades like bubblegum pink, lilac will have maximum impact for minimal effort.

Expert Tip: Blend the pigment upwards to your temple and over your eyelids to create a super playful, ethereal effect.

Festival Face Gems

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If you’re looking to add the real wow-factor, then consider incorporating face gems into your festival makeup look.

To enhance your eyes, we recommend applying gems just above your brows and one or two in the inner corner of your eye.

Alternatively, you can add them to the high points of your cheekbones in place of highlighter for maximum impact.

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can create more intricate designs on your face, around your eyes or even on your body for a unique and show-stopping twist.

Expert Tip: Secure gems with cosmetic adhesive or eyelash glue to ensure they stay put throughout the day.

Coloured Mascara

A woman wearing blue mascara

Add a playful, unexpected twist to your lashes by using mascara in vibrant hues like blue, purple, green, or even neon shades if you’re feeling extra bold.

It can instantly brighten your eyes and create a fun element that complements your festival attire. Pair with neutral eyeshadows and minimal eyeliner to make sure your are lashes the focal point.

Graphic Liner

Woman sporting a blue graphic eyeliner look

Graphic liner is a fantastic way to add a touch of drama and edginess to your festival makeup look. Whether you prefer sharp wings, graphic dots or abstract lines, it’s a great opportunity to get creative and make a statement with your eye makeup.

Experiment with bold shapes, geometric designs or intricate patterns to create eye-catching art on your lids.

Use a fine-tipped eyeliner brush or pen for precision – just make sure you practice your design before heading to the festival so you can be confident in your skills.

Glowing Highlighter

Woman posing, wearing highlighter makeup on her face and décolletage

Highlighter will be the headliner of your festival makeup, working to illuminate your features and give you that eye-catching sparkle that adds impact without overcomplicating your look.

Whether you go for subtle shimmer or dazzling iridescent number, there is a style for every festival vibe.

Apply to the high points of your face, such as the cheekbones, brow bone and the tip of your nose, to catch the light and make you shine.

Bold Lip Colour

Woman wearing a bold lipstick colour with sunglasses

If statement eyeshadow isn’t your thing, a bold lip colour might be the best option for you.

We recommend choosing a bright colour with a long-wearing formula, to ensure it is durable and transfer-resistant. Vibrant shades of red, pink or orange could help you make a statement and elevate your overall makeup look.

Metallic lips are another great option that will shimmer beautifully under the festival lights. Whether you opt for silver, gold, bronze or even colourful metallic hues like blue or purple, they will add a futuristic, glamorous edge to your entire outfit.


Let your imagination run wild and have fun experimenting with different colours, textures and embellishments to create a festival makeup look that is unique to you.

Aside from your hair and makeup, being outside all day calls for some sun protection. Explore our guide to the best sunscreens for the face, so you keep your skin safe all day long.



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