Festival Trend to Try: Face Paint

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Now that the crazy music events of the Summer – Futures, Stereosonic etc – have passed, it’s time to keep the festival ball rolling and get keen for the amazing events happening around the country during the cooler months of the year. Groovin The Moo and Splendour in the Grass are on the horizon, and are set to be awesome days with killer lineups of entertainment.

Apart from organizing your plan of attack for which stages you’re going to hang at to get to see all your favourites, the other major consideration is what the hell you’re going to wear for these things. It’s not Summer anymore, so shorts and singlets aren’t going to cut it. We may live in Australia but hot damn does it get cold. Festivals are a great opportunity to go all out and express yourself, but you also have to stay practical when you’re hanging in the great outdoors for a whole day.

One of the best ways to go for festivals like GTM and Splendour is comfortable but cool. That means taking a good jacket or a parka to protect from inevitable rain and cold, and ankle boots or wellies to counter the mud and grass. Apart from that you have a lot of options; a cool dress, a t-shirt and shorts combo, or just about anything else.

One thing I know we’re going to see a lot of this year is Akubras and similar styles of wide-brimmed hat. Boys and Girls love them, and they’re not just for the men on the farm anymore. They look pretty awesome in the festival setting, it will protect you from showers, and if you’re a girl you don’t have to worry too much about how your hair progresses throughout the day.

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The other trend popping up at festivals around the world is face paint, and it’s a great accessory for the colder festivals. It’s not going to be 35 degrees+, so you don’t have to worry about your face melting off. It’s likely you’re going to be rugged up in parkas and jeans, so accessorising your face is the best way to get into the festival vibes without having to worry about what you’re wearing. It’s super easy to do, depending on how simple you go, and you’ll feel like it makes you an instant free spirit. There’s definitely a few levels to it though.

You can go simple, with a few lines and dots giving that hint of a tribal vibe.

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You can step it up a notch, with a bit of colour and glitter

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Or you can go ahead and take that shit to the next level – paint that face to your hearts content and let the haters hate.

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I’d tell you where to buy it, but you can’t really. It’s DIY, and it’s about letting your creativity take over. Do just make sure you’re using face paint, not actual wall paint…. Happy painting!

All pictures via Pinterest

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