Music festivals are events like no other, and part of that incredible experience is, for many, creating makeup looks that fit within the ‘festival beauty’ vibe. Now, whether you have been to a festival or not, we’re pretty sure as a beauty enthusiast you’ll know exactly what we mean by festival beauty!
Festivals have long proved themselves as an outlet for beauty escapism. While festival beauty may have come a long way since the 60s and 70s, one thing has always remained the same: they provide the opportunity for expressionism, freedom, and acceptance.
So, in celebration of one of the best ways to make summer memories, we’re taking a look back at how festival beauty has evolved over the years. And we hope next time you’re preparing to go dancing in a field surrounded by your friends, that you’ll find inspiration from these tried and tested trends!
Festival Makeup: 60s & 70s
The 1960s and 70s were all about freedom; people started to let go, and music festivals provided the perfect platform for this. At the end of the 1960s, over four hundred thousand people attended the most famous music festival in the world – Woodstock. And all those in attendance were there to connect with nature, the music, the atmosphere, and with each other. It was not so much about what they looked like, but their creative looks are still memorable to this day! They painted their faces and bodies with bright colours and symbols, and they braided real flowers through their long flowing hair. Little did they know their free-spirited approach to beauty would play a massive role in festival beauty trends over 50 years later!
Festival Makeup: 80s
When the 80s came around, most of the free-spirited festivalgoers of the previous decades had been replaced by angsty partyers with a ‘you can’t tell us what to do’ attitude! Free-loving bohemian beauty was put on pause and replaced with bold and fierce creations to go hand in hand with the time’s soft rock and punk music. Think black charcoal eyeliner, smokey eyes, and fuchsia lips. However, the decade was not without its pop of colour as glam rock exploded on the scene with an array of wild and vivid colours, including neon eyes and bubble gum pink lips.
Festival Makeup: 90s
While the grungy influences of soft rock were still knocking around in the ’90s, a newer form of music was emerging on both sides of the globe in the form of house music. And with the emergence of this genre came the rise of raves! While initially much smaller than your usual music event or festival, raves still provided a place for positive, free-loving people to come together and enjoy the music that they loved. The party atmosphere adopted its own beauty aesthetic, with bright, neon and psychedelic makeup becoming a standard.
Festival Makeup: Present Day
If you look at the festival beauty trends being worn over the last few years, you’ll see that the bohemian look of the 60s and 70s has stood the test of time. However, now we have a seamlessly unlimited beauty product resource, each year, makeup looks to become more elaborate and creative. We still see flower crowns, jewelled details on the face and hair braids, but, with the rise of social media (and doing it for the ‘gram, obvs), these looks are more intricate than ever. And why not? Today’s festival space means you can be your very best authentic self, and we predict festival beauty is only going to get bigger and bolder in the years to come!
So, next time you’re packing your weekend bag and heading to your favourite music festival, remember the only limit on your makeup look is your imagination!