From grunge & Y2K to Euphoria & Think Pink-inspired looks, here are the festival beauty headliners you need for this year’s major trends

This article is sponsored by NYX Professional Makeup, Bed Head, 17., Ardell, KISS, Revolution, Schwarzkopf LIVE, e.l.f. & L’Oréal

We don’t know about you but, for us, festival season is the time to go all out with your beauty look. Think glitter eyes, bright neons, statement lips and showstopping hair.

Looking for festival beauty inspiration? We’ve rounded up this year’s top trending beauty looks along with the make-up and hair products you need to perfect them. Consider these the best acts in beauty to take centre stage at the top of your festival packing list.

Whether you love grunge and Y2K beauty, you want an eye-catching Euphoria-inspired look or you’re living in a pink world, here’s your backstage pass to this year’s festival trends…

Look one: Grunge

For ultimate rock and roll vibes, it’s got to be a grunge look. Originally born in the ‘90s, grunge make-up is firmly back on everyone’s radar and it’s had a full revamp to bring it up to date. Whether you prefer soft grunge or glam grunge, the key to nailing this aesthetic is a smudged and smokey eye, a dark lip and a ‘messy hair, don’t care’ attitude.

Here’s what to pack to perfect your grunge look:

For ‘90s vibes

Try: NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lip Gloss in Spiked Toffee

• Size: 8ml

• Easy application wand

• Perfect for a shiny look on its own or over lipstick

• Non-sticky texture

• Sweet tasting

This smooth, silky and buttery gloss in a delectable toffee shade is giving ‘90s supermodel glam. Slide it onto your lips with the wand in one quick and creamy application to leave them looking irresistible and glowing for the rest of the day. It’s an absolute must for any grunge make-up look.


For effortlessly cool hair

Try: Bed Head by TIGI Queen For a Day Volume Thickening Spray for Fine Hair

• Size: 311ml

• Fresh berry fragrance

Add a sultry tousled texture to your hair with this lightweight thickening and texturising spray. With a powerful volumising formulation, it’s great for giving long-lasting body and lift to thin, fine and flat hair, all while leaving it feeling smooth and soft. What more could you need?


Look two: Y2K

It’s not just Y2K fashion that’s made a comeback, Y2K beauty is having a real moment too. It’s all about keeping things fun, light-hearted and nostalgic with fresh skin, frosted eyeshadow, lip gloss and a noughties-worthy hair-do.

Here’s what to pack to perfect your Y2K beauty look:

For the freshest skin

Try: 17. Second Skin Enhancing Foundation

• Size: 30ml

• Vegan and cruelty free**

• Dermatologically tested

For an ‘are you or aren’t you wearing make-up’ effect, try this long-lasting liquid foundation from 17. Its medium coverage provides a natural, healthy-looking base.

As a bonus, it’s formulated with vitamin E and hyaluronic acid to give your skin a fresh finish.


For a full flutter

Try: Ardell Fashion Lash Demi Wispies False Eyelashes

• Lightweight

• Comfortable

• Kit includes a mini DUO® lash adhesive

Complete a Y2K frosted eyeshadow look with a pair of false lashes, like these full and fluttery ones from Ardell. They’re knotted and feathered by hand for perfect uniformity, absolute comfort and an outstanding natural look thanks to the graduated mixed length of lashes.

What makes these even more eye-conic is the flared outer corners for added definition, all secured with an invisible, lightweight band.


Look three: Euphoria

Yet to tap into the Euphoria trend? Well, this one’s all about expressing your individuality. We’re talking glitter lips, graphic liners and colourful eyeshadow. It’s a look with no rules, and a trend that’s going nowhere anytime soon.

Here’s what to pack to perfect your Euphoria look:

For bringing the colour

Try: Revolution Forever Flawless Bird of Paradise Palette

• Vegan*

• 18 shades

Let your creativity take flight with sea blues, summery oranges, tropical purples, fresh greens and canary yellows. Containing blazing mattes, sparkling glitters and soft-to-touch creamy shimmers, this fiesta in a palette has a range of tropical shades to leave you feeling exotic.

Our model uses the shade ‘Island’ as a stunning lilac liner on the lower lashes and the shade ‘Love Birds’ as a glitter lipgloss topper. But this paradise palette is perfect for experimenting with any bright and daring look you want.


For bold & beautiful eyes

Try: KISS Falscara Starter Kit

• Lash extensions minus the time, hassle and expense

• Easy to apply, comfortable and amazingly natural look

• Includes sealer, bond and lash applicator tool

Make your eyes the star of the show with this innovative DIY alternative to salon-style lash extensions. Whilst traditional false eyelashes are glued to your lash line and rest on top of your natural lashes, KISS Falscara wisps are tiny clusters of featherlight false lashes that go under your lashes, so results look like lash extensions. Genius, right?

The gentle formula is safe on natural lashes and they’re buildable and customisable so you can go subtle or super glam!


Look four: Think Pink

If there’s one beauty look that’s going to be everywhere this year, it’s pink power. Bringing all our childhood dreams to life, this look needs a generous sprinkling of glitter, the blondest of blonde hair colour and, of course, splashes of pink throughout (all shades of pink welcome!).

Here’s what to pack to perfect your Think Pink look:

For a dazzling eye look

Try: e.l.f. Glitter Melt Liquid Eyeshadow

• Size: 3ml

• Vegan*

• Cruelty-free

Get an amped up eye look with one swipe of this glitter eyeshadow. The long-lasting opaque formula is quick drying with minimal fallout, all while being comfortable to wear. The best part? It's infused with multi-dimensional glitter and pearls for a true sparkle.

Wear it alone or as an eyeshadow topper to take your eye make-up to the next level.


For statement pink hair

Try: Schwarzkopf LIVE Shocking Pink 093 Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

• For bleached blonde to light brown hair

• Lasts up to 15 washes

• 100% recycled aluminium tube

• Vegan*

What's a Think Pink look without signature tones of pink? If you want to go all out, try this shocking pink hair dye to make the ultimate statement. Use the colour cream only for an intense colour or add the conditioner to create a softer pastel shade.

Our model has dyed just one section of hair to stand out against her blonde locks, but this is the perfect chance to experiment with whatever look you want. Just make sure you dye your hair before heading to the festival so you can wash and rinse your hair during application!


For a beautiful blonde

Try: L'Oréal Magic Retouch Light Golden Blonde Instant Root Concealer Spray

• Size: 75ml

• From the UK's No.1 root concealer brand†

• Lasts until washed out with shampoo

Need a quick fix to cover dark roots or grey hairs? This root concealing spray will save the day, letting your blonde shine bright. The pinpoint micro-diffuser targets roots and the lightweight formula matches seamlessly with your hair colour for a natural-looking finish.

You only need a small amount and it’s an ideal size for travelling, making it perfect for a mid-festival fix.


And there you have it! All you need for your one-way ticket to this year’s trending festival looks. Check out more of our festival make-up and essentials for every front row moment

*Vegan formulas do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
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