The 10 must-haves for your festival beauty look

If you’re anything like us, the thought of balmy summer nights spent dancing under the stars with your BFFs and a host of new friends to some killer Kiwi tunes will have you buzzing with anticipation.

But with festivals comes sleeping in tents, showering only when necessary, and rocking around in scorching temperatures, all of which can wreak havoc on skin.

However, with the right preparation and well thought-out packing, there are a number of tips and tricks to help you keep up appearances this summer.

So, whether you’re vibing through the grapes at Rhythm & Vines or hanging out at sun-soaked Bay Dreams, an arsenal of compact beauty products will help you get through festival season without wondering if that’s sweat or mascara running down your face.

Cue a beauty collection that features multi-purpose products not just suitable for festivals, but any occasion. Sassy, sexy yet seriously good at staying put, theBalm Cosmetics are the festival-friendly answer to the age-old question – how can I keep my makeup looking fresh from day to night? Newly launched in New Zealand, ethical beauty junkies will be pleased to note that theBalm products are all paraben and cruelty-free, which means no harm caused to your pores or our furry little friends.

Well, glitter bug, consider this your ultimate cheat sheet of the 10 best festival beauty hacks to get you looking and feeling your fabulous best.


Makeup is essential at any festival, but creating beauty looks that will stay on during dust storms and crowd surfing is no easy feat. Infused with vitamins A, C & E to help reverse some of the damage the dancing/sweating has done to your skin, the TimeBalm Primer creates an imperfection-free canvas on which foundation can be applied. Added bonus: it evens out skin tone while minimising the appearance of fine lines. Boo-yah! There’s nothing worse than shadow migrating around your face in the middle of the mosh pit, so preempt any makeup mishaps with Put A Lid On It Eye Primer, your long-wearing, crease-proof eyeshadow primer.


Festivals are the perfect opportunity to play up your wild side. Be bold and go for glittered eyelids, or create a simple smokey eye that looks all the more sultry when slightly smudged. Daub a highly pigmented, long-wearing cream shadow stick like Batter Up in our favourite hue, Night Shade, directly to lids and gently blend in with a brush. Line Mr. Write Now along the top and bottom lash line starting from the inner corners and working outwards. Offering the effect of faux lashes without all the admin, Cheater! Mascara contains a non-clumping, buildable formula allowing you to top up your peepers between DJ sets. The finishing touch? Make brows pop with the long-wearing BrowPow Eyebrow Powder.


If you’ve ever camped at a festival before, you’ll know no one has the time or tools to apply a full face of makeup in a tent, which is where all-in-one lifesavers come into play. Autobalm All-In-One Palette contains a blush, highlighter, and two shadows in one-trend hues, in one travel-friendly compact. Add a flush of colour to a tired face with Instain Staining Powder Blush that gives cheeks a peppy lift in one brush sweep. You may be in the thick of the crowd on a sizzling summer’s afternoon, but your face won’t give away that the sweat is starting to build after a pat down with Sexy Mama. This anti-shine, oil-absorbing powder disguises surface shine and leaves behind a matte texture. We can see ourselves carrying this bad boy everywhere this summer.


If you’re a no-fuss, no-muss type of gal, and would rather spend your time oogling the band than staring at your face in a Portaloo mirror, opt for a bright and bold lip for instant glamour with very little effort. Try Meet Matt(e) Hughes on for size, which offers a matte finish that lasts as long as you do. Extra points goes to our favourite shade Committed, a rich mauve hue which transitions beautifully from day to night.

With a few hero products by theBalm in your festival beauty kit, you can not only pack lighter but pack smarter, too.

You can only buy authentic theBalm Cosmetics exclusively at selected Life and Unichem pharmacies, the authorised retailers of theBalm.