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Here in Australia, music festivals are your excuse to dress cute, day drink and cover yourself in head to toe glitter…who could want more?! If you’re making the trip to Byron, Lorne or Marion this summer for Falls Festival, you’re probably buzzin’ with excitement, and rightfully so — not long now!
As the big few days creep nearer, though, it’s time to figure out exactly what’ll be getting shoved into your duffel bag, especially when it comes to hair, makeup and wardrobe. We’ve partnered up with Beginning Boutique to bring you a complete Falls Festival packing list so you can mosh, drink, pose and inevitably pass out in style.
Keep reading to find out our 11 Falls Festival essentials, from clothes to makeup, haircare, accessories and more.
Seeing as you’ll be camping out for anywhere between one and five days, you’re going to need to minimise your makeup bag as much as possible (use your self restraint). One way to cut down on products is to bring a palette that accommodates versatile, unique eye looks and will let you create a wide variety. This is especially helpful if you’re the one that gets enlisted to be the group’s amateur MUA…
Our picks: OFRA Eyeshadow Palette Dazzling Diamonds ($99), Garbo & Kelly Overnight Sensation Palette ($70)
A positive of the killer Australian sun is practically always needing to wear sunglasses, meaning you can really dive into it and pick out some cute staples that complement your wardrobe. This season, we’re all about out there, graphic sunnies with defined lines. Go for something round and exaggerated to channel your inner 60s queen, or pick sharp-edged, almost winged frames a la Grace Jones.
Our picks: Beginning Boutique Lucy Retro Sunglasses Black ($39.95), Beginning Boutique Cobain Sunglasses White & Red ($39.95)
Let your gorgeous locks do the talking this Falls Festival with a whole lot of shine spray or serum. It’s perfect for giving your hair that subtle, sleek luminosity, but you can also overdo it to complement a wet-look style. Throw your hair in a low pony with a few hair rings, and then slick that shiny stuff everywhere. Less is more, right?
Our picks: ghd Final Shine Spray ($20), Sachajuan Shine Serum ($40)
If you’re daring enough to forego the shirt this Falls Festival and bare all in an attention-grabbing bralette, we say do it. You’re only young once! This summer, we’re seeing sparkly and metallic bralettes take centre stage, and although they don’t look to be the most comfortable of choices, boy are they pretty. Stick to the trends of 2k17 with rose gold, or ring in the new year in an incredible silver getup.
Our picks: Grace Bijoux Minka Bralette in Rose Gold ($99.95), Grace Bijoux Amber Bralette in Silver ($169.95)
(Like, all of it). Glitter is always a festi’ staple, especially at Falls Festival, where in the past, sparkling queens like HAIM and Halsey have taken the stage. If you’re planning on looking like you bathed in glitter, you’re going to need something quality that will stay where you put it. The Mini Me Lit Kits from Lit Cosmetics are insanely shimmery, come with a high-grade adhesive and are available in a few stunning colours. We’re sold.
Our picks: Lit Cosmetics Mini Me Lit Kits in ‘Afternoon Delight’ and ‘Hello Sunshine’
We never thought the baker cap would make its way back into the fashion rotation, but alas, here we are. These once-utility based caps have surprisingly gotten a lot cuter over the years, to the point where blogger-fave brand Lack of Color have jumped on board. We’re especially drooling over this dusky, millennial pink shade and suede texture.
Our picks: Lack of Color Lola Cap Pink ($139.95), Lack of Color Dune Cap Nude ($69.95)
Thinking about trying out some on-trend hairstyles this Falls Festival? Whether you’re securing a million teeny ponytails, creating braided ‘dos or bringing out the space buns, some hair bungees are going to help you along your way. Unlike a run of the mill hair tie, a hair bungee is a long, straight elastic with two mini hooks on either end. This lets you secure your hair however you like, making the creation process easier than ever.
Our pick: Evo Mister Fantastic Hair Bungee ($33.20)
We promise that if you’re attending this year’s Falls Fest, you’re going to run into iridescent, rainbow and holographic madness practically everywhere you go. Jump aboard the trend with a cute crop top in luminous multicolour, or layer a light-catching gloss over your lipstick.
Our picks: Beginning Boutique Polly Sequin Crop Top Rainbow ($49.95), Lime Crime Diamond Crushers Lip Topper ($18)
Speaking of lipstick, now’s the time to try shades and finishes you wouldn’t in regular, day to day life. We’re talking everything from ultra-glossy hot pink to blues, deep browns and even black. Anything goes at Falls Festival, so if you’ve got a secret desire to rock yellow lippie, get amongst it. We’re obsessing over the unique shades available from new brand to RY, Illamasqua.
Our picks: Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick in Eclipse or Vibrate ($35), Illamasqua Liquid Lip Lure in Nebulus ($35)
Even if the rain stays at bay over Falls Festival, the chances of mud are pretty high, meaning you’re going to need semi-sensible footwear. Thankfully, with Beginning Boutique, sensible can also mean hella cute. Whip out your best low-heeled boots and party the night away without stressing about sore feet or blisters. Throw on some glittery or mesh socks and you’re good to go!
Our picks: Dr. Martens 2976 Vegan Chelsea Boot Black ($229.95), Timberland 6″ Premium Boots Black ($299.95)
Last but not least, it’s important to upkeep the gorgeous, glowing tan we’re sure you’ll apply pre-Falls Festival. Instead of bringing your fake tan with you and halfheartedly trying to apply it in the festival bathrooms (yep, we’ve seen it…) opt for a quality tan extender that’ll ensure you stay bronzed over the course of the week.
Our picks: Loving Tan Deluxe Body Makeup Dark ($34.95), Sunescape Gradual Tan Extender ($26.40)
What’s going in your bag for this year’s Falls Festival? Let us know over on Facebook or Twitter!
I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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