Rihanna at Barbados Carnival
1. SHOW SOME SKIN
The sun always shines over Notting Hill Carnival so act like you’re Bajan and give it some skin. The top tanning products of the summer are St Tropez’s Gradual In-Shower Lotion (£14.50) but for the day top it up with a layer of Charlotte Tilbury’s Supermodel Body (£45). Don’t forget your SPF as well. The Piz Buin Instant Glow Skin Illuminating SunSpay (£17) is a spray on cream and really easy to apply. Plus it adds to your body sheen as opposed to whiting it out like most sunscreens.
2. PERK UP
Going the whole hog with a carnival bikini? Firm up those assets with Soap & Glory’s Sit Tight Super Intense 4-D (£16.50), unlike most skin firming creams you can actually feel it working (you get a warming, tingling sensation when you roller it on) but be vigilant and use it daily in the weeks leading up to Carnival.
3. CHOOSE YOUR FLAG
Are you wearing the Jamaican Flag on your nails or the Trinidadian? Choose your colour combination carefully. For Jamaica Green, black and yellow try L’Oreal Paris’s Colour Riche shades in Vendome Hill, Black Diamond and Banana Pop (all £4.99). For the Trinidad & Tobago flag use Nails Inc’s Regent’s Park Gel Effect Polish (£15) red and Hyde Park black (£15).
4. BLING IT ON
Unlike festivals, where glitter prevails, carnival is all about face jewels. Concentrate your decoration around the outer corners of the eyes or copy Gigi Hadid’s latest over the brow technique. Claire’s Accessories have an enormous selection of stick on jewels that don’t need a ton of eyelash glue ton stick on.
5. LASH OUT
Speaking of eyelashes. Keep them curled and slicked all day with Benefit’s Roller Lash Super Curling Mascara (£19.50) – no need to fiddle about with falsies this year – instead it’s all about strong washes of single eyeshadow colour – try out the new MAC Electric Cool (£16) shades (although you’ll find it hard to buy just one!)
6. KEEP IT ON: There aren’t many opportunities to powder your nose at Carnival and most of them involve a portaloo – grimy. Keep you makeup in place all day by using the latest budge proof formulas – a lip stain like YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain in Fuschia Dore (£26) is perfect as even if the initial intensity fades you’ll have an on trend stain for the rest of the day. Totally hands-free.
7. STAY MATTE:
There will be a lot of feather headdresses around if you are following a float so make sure that you avoid anything sticky like lipgloss or eye gloss on your face.