10 runway beauty trends that work just as well at music festivals

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Festival looks can go hand in hand with ill-judged beauty throwbacks and rather loose and free approach to glitter. But with the new invigorated mood of “anything goes”, a few looks taken straight from the spring/summer 2018 catwalk could see you through any festival, anytime, anywhere.

No makeup glow


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This is a low-key must-have look in any beauty repertoire, creating a luxurious, polished finish even in the sweatiest of scenarios. Look to makeup artist queen Pat McGrath’s masterful strokes at Bottega Veneta. “Apply a tight liner with a very fine wing at the outer corner, which helps to elongate the eyes,” says McGrath. Try BLK Coffee PermaGel UltraGlide Eye Pencil from Pat McGrath Labs for a super-precise application.

Glitter smoky eye


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This graphic look at Tom Ford gives the eyes a bold, sultry finish. “A rich-pigment black eyeshadow was placed on the centre of the lid and below the lash line to create dimension,” says McGrath. Try the Black Metal shadow in the Mothership III: Subversive Palette by Pat McGrath Labs, or mix it up with other molten colours for a little refresh. Navy is especially flattering on brown eyes, and purple hues suit everyone.

Undone up-dos


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Move away from the feather tassels, this neon elastic running through a loose up-do, as seen at Puma x Fenty, is the perfect expression of sport luxe. Just knot through from the top of low ponytail, bunching up small bundles and tying the elastic around in stages to create a stacked, bauble-like finish.

Minimalist pop lips


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At Gucci, there was the bare minimum on the skin, with the focus solely on a bright flash of neon lip. A bright pink or coral lip works well against a sun-kissed complexion. Opt for long-lasting, matte formulas like M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in To Matte with Love.

Sunbeams on the face


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Highlight cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and your cupid’s bow with a translucent powder for the ultimate poised glow. Take inspiration from Jason Wu’s show, with a final smudgy cat-eye, created with a kohl pencil and the end of your finger.

Side waves


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You can’t do festival without a nod to boho chic. At Topshop Unique, we saw an undone side wave. “The idea was to remove the weight of hair on one side. The result is a look that’s super tight on one side—and super sexy on the other,” says hairstylist Duffy. He set a deep side parting from the nape of the neck and applied a light mist of L’Oréal Paris Infinium hairspray to keep the look in place.

Tribal tattoo


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If you’re going to go there with art on the face, take inspiration from Pat McGrath’s look at Yohji Yamamoto. Smudgy hand-painted tattoos were painted across the temples from the eyelids on a bare, natural base. Try a waterproof liner for precision and staying power.

Pink bites


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Neon lips aren’t for everyone, but a modest stain pressed into the centre of the lips with a finger can make just as much of a statement. Opt for berry hues, like makeup artist Miranda Joyce’s creation for Roksanda. We love M.A.C Satin Lipstick in Retro.

Gemstones


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Glitter need not be a clichéd horror—not when you take inspiration from Pat McGrath’s super-minimalist embellishment at Givenchy: a small gem placed just under the left eye. “Multiple layers of black mascara on top and bottom lashes were applied using a criss-cross technique with a concentration in root near the lash line,” explains McGrath.

That’s a wrap


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Hair accessories can be shaky ground on the festival front, but a chic silk scarf, as seen at Lanvin, wrapped around a low ponytail, gives a low-key French Riviera feel to this versatile up-do. Give it a final spray to hold the loose ends in place with Redken Quickdry 18 Hairspray.

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