Festival makeup looks

A woman with glitter festival makeup

Is there any better way to celebrate freedom in 2022 than watching live music in a field, surrounded by strangers who are living their best lives? More importantly, is there anything better than strutting your stuff in your fiercest outfits, pairing it with striking and provocative makeup looks? 

For festivals, this is a prime opportunity to show the world your most bold and brilliant makeup looks. And this year you can let your freak flag fly in a flurry of bohemian, disco and otherworldly inspired festival hair and makeup as you party from dusk till dawn. 

In this rundown of 2022’s top festival makeup looks, we were inspired by our favourite social media trends and runway ready looks. Whether you want to go extra with your look, or try something a bit more subtle, it’s completely up to you. 

Get ready for those selfie close-ups – happy camping!

Euphoria

Euphoria has been dominating our social media feeds, and we are here for it. If you’re not familiar with this hit TV series, Euphoria is a show that’s launched, or should we say, influenced, around about a billion beauty trends. Try your hand at punchy red liner, heavy blue eyeshadow, or recreating Rue’s lightning bolt look. 

Trendy, edgy and fashionable – all the cool kids will be envious of your style! 

Embellished eyes

Who needs jewellery when you can embellish your eyes with gemstones, sparkles and glitter? Rainbow or metallic, face jewels applied to form perfectly symmetrical shapes around the eyes and forehead give us serious flamboyant fairy vibes. Shine bright like a diamond by using rhinestones to draw attention to geometric cat-eyes, or use simple strategic droplet placements in the corners of the eye or spread above the eyebrows to dramatic effect.    

You can never have enough sparkle!

Neon

Nothing is ‘too much” when it comes to festival makeup looks – that’s why we absolutely love the neon look! You can go bigger and even better with bold, attention grabbing eyeshadow and blindingly bright lipsticks. 

A hot pink cat-eye paired with a matching bold lip sets a fun tone, while bright yellow eyes do anything but cast a shadow. Vibrant oranges and yellows pop on darker skin tones, while cooler blues and greens are forgiving to pale skin. 

Our tip? Blend several shades around the eye area for a chaotic watercolour effect or opt for a single graphic line – the choice is yours! 

Anime hair

Blue hair, don’t care. You’ll feel totally at home when strutting your stuff with metallic peach, silver violet, candyfloss and holographic hairstyles at festivals. Multi-dimensional tones and *ahem* out of the ordinary tresses make a daring statement.  

Whether you choose to sweep your hair up into space buns or leave it down in loose waves, you can pair this look with confident colours and thick black eyeliner to achieve that unmistakable anime look. If you’re on the fence about going ‘all out’, a festival is the perfect opportunity to try out temporary dye for your festival hair.

Gloss & glitter

The latest spring and summer runway shows proved that the noughties are back and better than ever, while 90’s and Y2K beauty trends rule social media feeds. Clear gloss is here to stay – even if your front hair strands won’t *ahem* thank you. 

It’s an innocent, nostalgic look, festival-worthy when paired with lashings of all-over glitter. You can go hard with your eyeliner and facepaint, whilst keeping your lips simple and sophisticated.

Gold-dust highlighter

Shimmering gold highlighter is a festival must, and the good news is – it suits every skin tone! Dusted cheek and brow bones illuminate the face and give you a Greek goddess glow. 

For a slightly different take on the trend, why not try rose gold highlighter? Forget feeling lacklustre, your beauty is indestructible with this queen-worthy effect.

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Boho brows

Where brow trends go, we loyally follow. Soft, feathery, free spirited brows conjure images of the original boho chic set – think Sienna Miller and Kate Moss in the early 00’s at Glastonbury. 

Paired with loose bedhead waves this clean, understated brow look emulates the festival fashionistas of years gone by and a carefree, hippy beauty.

Peace and love, sisters!

Cosmic pastels

Pastel shades were hugely popular on spring and summer runways – and for good reason too! They are a soft, feminine way to recreate a slightly cosmic feel and soft space accent to your festival makeup look. 

Versatile and playful, try this trend for pretty, fusion, festival makeup that’s from another galaxy. Our tip? Soft pink lips are youthful while lilac, mint and periwinkle shades can create a romantic eyelid shimmer.

Statement blush

Loud and proud statement blush dominated beauty looks at Anna Sui and Carolina Herrera for the spring and summer ‘22 runway. These peachy, exaggerated glows are easy to reproduce for a festival setting, looking best on dark skin tones. 

Funky iridescent pinks on the cheeks can pick up more hazy mixes of unicorn colours on eyelids, for an arresting, extraordinary beauty.

Ready to make a statement? Let’s go!

Sequin roots

Sequins and embellishments aren’t just for the face. Keeping a clean parting in an updo means we can bejewel the roots of our hair for a fallen angel, pixie look. 

Our tip? Team glitter and sequins for a star dusted crown – a quirky, OTT, more is more approach to festival hair.

More metallic 

Rise and shine with dazzling metallic nails and makeup! Go astral-inspired with your festival fashion and makeup looks this year, with shiny, shimmering effects that give us both subtle and steel.

2022 is all about looking towards a more positive future, so why not reflect that in your festival look too? Colour block, pick hues that flatter your particular complexion, and why not be a bit daring with a metallic lip too?

Bold eyeliner

Whether neon, pastel or ombre, bold eyeliner is a surefire way to make a statement. Take a festive twist on this classic and merge with another trend for maximum impact, or pare it back with minimal makeup for a truly standout look.

Easy to whip on and off at a festival too! What more can you ask for?

Star daze

Another way you can embody festival cosmic girl cool vibes is with star-studded cheekbones. Things take a galactic twist with star-shaped jewels to frame the face, complementing sequins, embellishments or neon toned makeup for an interstellar display, peppered with foiled silver or gold celestial accents.

(Can you tell we love ‘out of this world’ looks for festivals? ‘Cause we do!)

Freckled 

As filters on TikTok and Instagram have shown us – no natural freckles? No worries. Faux freckles across the upper cheeks and bridge of the nose are easy imitations to create with a freckle pen or – dare we say it – brow pencil. They’re perfect for a more boho, sun-kissed festival look. 

Not impactful enough? Glitter freckle fragments are the perfect partner to dancing the night away at the festival tent.

(Just make sure you limber up and stretch before digging out your best disco moves!) 

Strobe light

Strobed colours, whether neon, pastel or an icy Millennium hues, are a perfect festival makeup look. Reminiscent of dance tent fluorescents, you can concentrate colour ion the inner socket of the eye and create an incandescent flicker that catches the light.

One warning…don’t be surprised if people look twice!

So there you have it, our rundown of our top 2022 festival makeup looks. 

Want more makeup look inspiration? Check out our guide to 5 classic looks for brides and 5 Beauty influencers worth a follow!

Despite the effect of the last few years of turbulence, the global music festival business is predicted to grow by 14% over the next few years. More than ever, party goers are keen to enjoy these escapism events and spend money on show-stopping looks. And you could be the one to provide them!

Do you dream of being the makeup artist for your girl group or guy gang at the next festival you go to? Then why not make it a reality?

Don’t hesitate to take the first steps in your career path, sign up for our Certificate in Professional Makeup Artistry. You can study from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace and you’ll also receive your very own makeup kit to practice and master your makeup skills…all in time for your next festival! 

Join us today and start your dream beauty business today.

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