festivals! Friends, tiny shorts, flower crowns, wellies, maybe a
light rain in the early afternoon quickly replaced by a rainbow, and watching
your favourite band play as the sun sets behind the main stage. Just kidding.
If you’ve ever been to an outdoor music festival, you’ll know that it’s nothing
like that – it’s better. It’s muddy, kind of gross and wonderful.
It’s Osheaga weekend, and excitement levels are high on my social media feeds. It’s the festival’s tenth year, and they have put together an incredible line-up to celebrate – keep reading to find out who made it to my Osheaga 2015 playlist! I couldn’t spare three days to go to Montreal and dance to Brand New and Florence & the Machine, but I jumped at the chance to introduce you to my Osheaga essentials and recreate a toned-down version of my favourite festival makeup look of all time with the help of super affordable brand Essence. This look is inspired by Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams’ makeup at Glastonbury festival in 2014. The lady does festival makeup right – it’s bold, colourful and sparkly. It’s also completely impractical, but Miss Arya Stark does not live by the same rules as us mere mortals. So what if she has eyeshadow on her forehead or mascara running down her cheeks? If anyone comments on it, she’ll stick them with the pointy end.
I started off with my usual moisturizer/foundation/concealer routine to get a flawless, glowy base and I got to work. Maisie Williams has really thick, dark, filled-in eyebrows, so I used the Essence Gel Eye Pencil Waterproof in Cocoa Bean* to replicate the look. Using an eyeliner as a brow pencil required quite a bit of brushing through, but in the end I really liked how it looked. The entire look really rests on the eyes, so I concentrated on that. I used the lighter shade of the Essence 3D Eyeshadow in Irresistible Vanilla Latte* duo in the inner corner, the sky blue shade of the Essence 3D Eyeshadow in Irresistible Midnight Date* duo all over the lid, and a lot of the deeper glittery blue shade in the crease. And then spent about five minutes blending, as I was going for a fairly clean look even though Maisie’s makeup is quite messy. I went a little crazy with the Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow in Sugar Mint Candy* and took it all the way to my hairline using my fingers – it’s the most important part of this look for me, so I went for a really bold, unblended stripe. The rest of the look is quite ordinary, but this step takes it to the next level and makes it a real festival statement. I used the Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Tu-Tu-Turquoise* on my lower lash line and the Essence Easy 2 Use Jumbo Eyeliner Pen* to trace a subtle flick. I could have elongated the flick a little bit to stay true to Maisie’s Glasto look, but decided to keep it simple. I finished off the eyes with the Essence Plump No Clump! Mascara*.
Next, I tried to achieve the ‘contouring-gone-wrong-but-on-purpose’ thing Maisie has going on with the Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder in Natural*. I love this bronzer – it doesn’t lean orange on me and it smells like coconut. Perfect festival vibes all around. For a nice healthy glow, I used the Essence Silky Touch Blush in Adorable* and then fixed my makeup with the Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder*, but only on my forehead, nose and chin because I’m not willing to sacrifice my glow for longevity. It’s all coming off in the mosh pit anyway.
A music festival is the perfect occasion to try an easy ombre/two-toned lip, so I used the bright pink Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Get the Look* all over and dabbed a little bit of the darker Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Love Me* in the middle. It looked pretty amazing if I do say so myself, and not over the top, so I might actually try it in real life.
If you don’t want to waste your expensive designer perfume on a day out in the mud, Essence offers cheaper options. The Essence Like a Day in a Candy Shop Eau de Toilette* is, as the name suggests, very sweet with fruity top notes, a floral heart and a really strong vanilla base. It’s great for summer. Not exactly long-lasting but it should keep you smelling lovely for a few hours.
Festivals are nothing but a gathering of people in various states of drunkenness wearing great outfits and crazy makeup without the music. Florence & the Machine’s new album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ is quickly making its way to the top of my Summer 2015 playlist. Ship to Wreck is a truly great song. Brand New, one of my favourite band since I was about sixteen, is also playing this weekend and I really recommend checking out their set if you can – I heart Jesse Lacey. I made a playlist of all the artists I would have loved to see this weekend at Osheaga, enjoy my impeccable taste in music!
Are you going to Osheaga this weekend? Who are you excited to see? What’s the last festival you’ve been to?