#nofilter by Denise Smith
The honest beauty column
I’m currently manifesting Electric Picnic tickets, and because I’m visualising bopping away to some of my favourite acts, I’m also working out my wardobe, and more importantly, the must-haves for my make-up bag. From sweat-proof powders to easy-to-apply glitters, festi-season is here.
Kash Beauty Prism Jewel Lash Collection Lashes, €7.95 IF YOU’RE looking for extra, these bejewelled lashes are where it’s at. Featuring the high-quality synthetic fibre the Irish brand is famed for, now you can add even more oomph to your eye makeup look with these glam but lightweight vegan falsies. Choose from silver or gold glitter, or go the extra mile and add some gemstones to your peepers.
Illamasqua Experimental Artistry Palette, €46 FOR look-at-me eyes that will light up the main stage, Electric Picnic is a literal invitation to welcome a kaleidoscope of colour into your life. So put down your trusty nudes and earthy colour palettes, and live a little. I love the colour payoff from Illamasqua’s shadows, and this collection is a complete vibe. It has a full colour wheel of primary, secondary and tertiary tones, making it the ultimate tool for switching up your looks. Blending like a dream, you’ll have all the fun with these effortlessly buildable, eye-popping hues. So be bold and look on the bright side.
Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder, €35 THERE’S still time to enjoy what’s left of your hot girl summer, and there is no better time to embrace setting powder than when you’re planning a hot, sweaty weekend of festival high-jinks. This cult loose powder absorbs shine and keeps makeup in place — perfect for when you want to guarantee a long-lasting result. Because nobody is going to want to walk back to their tent or even attempt a quick touch-up in a portaloo, this should be one of your holy grail products. Your Instagram photos will thank you. No greasy faces here.
Lottie London Metallic Freckle Tint, €7.95 FAUX freckles are having their moment and now there’s a fun way to make them centre stage come festival season. For a smattering of sparkle, dot this glitter pen across your face to add pizzazz to your summer look.
Kash Beauty Crystal Crush Glitter Gel, €13.95 HANDS up if you’re still finding glitter in the weirdest of places since your last attempt at experimenting with some sparkle? To avoid any glitter- related disasters, this super pigmented and hyper- reflective non-stick gel will rock your world. And you won’t need a Brillo pad to remove it. Sweep it on your face and body to enhance any makeup look in a matter of seconds.
Max Factor False Lash Effect XXL Mascara, €7.95 WHEN you’re planning a heavy-duty weekend, you’re going to need a mascara that understands the assignment. When faux lashes simply won’t do, turn to this ultra-lengthening wand that delivers on volume and fullness. As well as being smudge-proof and clump-free, this will last and last. Fluttery lashes are a go!
Urban Decay All Nighter Travel Size Setting Spray, €13.50 TRAVEL-sized products are your friends when it comes to packing for a festival. Setting your makeup so you won’t have to worry about it dripping off mid-song is a no-brainer — and there’s no midnight rave too sweaty for this featherlight but heavy-duty formula.
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