HOW TO ACHIEVE THE PERFECT FESTIVAL LOOK

Whether you’re partying at the Pyramid Stage or going wild at the “Isle of Wight” Fest, these top tips from rising make-up star and winner of SME Insurance Services’ “Create the Look”, Lance Breakwell, will help you transform into a sparkling festival goddess.

“My inspiration for this look came from a make-up artist called Sarah Tanno. She recently did Lady Gaga’s Coachella festival make-up, and I fell in love with it the moment I saw it.

“Glitter has always been a trend for festivals, and when done right it can transform make-up looks into beautiful works of art. After all, if you’re not covered in glitter and dancing to your favourite artists, are you truly experiencing the festival? Who doesn’t love being covered in glitter anyway!”

Step 1: Prep and prime
Use a primer on your face to help reduce shine. Primer is a great base for your make-up, and will help to keep your look in place for longer.

Step 2: Set the tone
For the eyelids I used Stila “Eyes are the Window” shadow palette in “Soul” and MAC shadow pallet in “Warm Neutral”. Start by taking a mid-transition colour, I use Stila “Heart”, and apply it all over the lid to set the tone for your eye shadow. To create a gentle transition from light to dark, start from the inner corner of your eye and work towards the outer corner.  Then take a slightly darker brown, I use Stila “Individual”, and apply it from the middle of the eyelid to the outer “V” corner of your eye.

Next, apply a darker shade of brown, I use Stila “Light”, to the outer corner of your eyelid and gently blend. Don’t worry about your shadow being too pigmented or heavy at this point, as you can always top it up later on.

Step 3: Bright eyes
To highlight the inner corner of your eye, I use “Fine Glitter Dust” by BarryM. With a small brush, gently press the glitter dust into the corner of your eyelid just above your tear duct. This opens up the corner of your eye for a brighter look.

Step 4: Just wing it
Apply eyeliner. I go for winged eyeliner, but feel free to get creative and apply in your own style! An added option would be to apply false lashes for an even bolder look.

Step 5: All about face
I tend to apply foundation and concealer after doing the eyes, just in case the eyeshadows dust onto your face. Once your usual foundation and concealer have been applied, go in with an eyebrow pencil and strengthen the eyebrows, and for the lips, use a pink-nude colour. Mac lipstick in “Honeylove” works well as it doesn’t draw attention away from the eyes.

Step 6: Shape up
It’s contour time! Contour the area along your temples and below your cheekbones, starting from your ear and finishing just in the middle of your cheeks. Use a downward sweeping motion along your jawline to give the illusion of a more defined jaw. Once you’ve finished contouring, apply blusher from the apples of your cheeks going towards your temples.

Step 7: Splash of colour
Now to add some colour! I used a variety of blues to create teal/turquoise tones, but feel free to use any colours you wish. You can try this look with pinks, purples and greens – the brighter the colours the more eye-catching it’ll be.

Apply the shadow to your lash line and blend down to achieve a smokey-eye effect. My top tip is to try and follow the shape of your eye as this will compliment you more.

Step 8: Highlight!
Highlighting has fast become a huge trend on the beauty scene. I use Illamasqua “OMG” highlight powder to add a glow to the cheekbones. In my opinion, you can never have too much highlight at a festival!

Step 9: Mascara and water line

Once you’re happy with your eyeshadow colours, take some mascara and apply it to the eyelashes. Then with an eye pencil, I use two different colours, with a blue and black eye-pencil, create a gradient effect; starting with black in the far corner of the eye and blending it into blue near the tear duct.

Step 10: Glitter, glitter and more glitter!
Using a fixing gel and a small brush, gently apply the fixing gel to the area just below the tear duct and place the glitter shapes on the area using your brush. I used a few different glitter shapes, such as stars and butterflies, along with some smaller sprinkles of glitter. Using the same brush you used for the fixing gel will secure the glitter more and ensure you’ll sparkle all through the day.

Lastly, using the same method as before, apply fixing gel and glitter shapes to just underneath the eyebrow bone and on top of the darkest colour of the eye shadows. You’re now all set to dazzle the crowds at your next festival!

Lance Breakwell was crowned the UK’s upcoming stylist and 2017 winner of SME Insurance Services’ (SMEi) “Create the Look” competition – www.smeinsurance.com/createthelook