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The beauty products you need to make it through any festival season

Your tickets are booked, your outfits assembled, the set list clashes have been negotiated and you’re on the road with your closest friends. What could be better? And then it hits you – three days in a rural area, limited showers, eco-friendly compost bathroom facilities and scorching daily temperatures. The conundrum presents itself mid-way through ‘operation tent construction’ – how does one endure festival season without acquiring irreversible skin damage or looking like, well, a person who’s spent three days without modern hygienic luxuries? The answer is five-fold: a selection of core skincare and beauty essentials guaranteed to see you through your next few days of music bliss.

Besides your best friend, an SPF is your most trusted and necessary festival companion. Do not skip. Do not skimp. Instead, invest in Glossier’s cult favourite Invisible Shield Daily sunscreen. Air-light, invisible to the eye with a broad spectrum SPF35 rating – the ideal base for any statement makeup look (we see you, glittered eyeshadow).

Forgo the weight of your beloved shampoo and conditioner bottles and instead pack a trusted dry shampoo. Our pick is Aveda’s Shampure non-aerosol alternative, a blend of naturally derived powders to absorb the excess oil build up in your locks (it’s also scented with 25 pure flower and plant essences).

On the subject of scent, manage your own with the help of Aesop’s roll-on deodorant – an aluminium and alcohol-free formulation that reduces and masks any undesirable odours.

It’s not advisable to bring your entire makeup arsenal to a weekend festival – you don’t want to lug it around and your time is better spent catching some much needed rest after the previous day’s revelry. Find products that do it all, such as Onomie’s Boosting Lip and Cheek tint. Dab on as desired (we add to the eyelids to ‘fake awake’ as needed) and go.

And finally, end the day with an RMS The Ultimate Makeup Remover Cleansing wipe – 100 per cent organic, soaked in coconut oil and compostable – these are the eco-friendly wipes of our dreams.