our squamish valley music festival beauty diary

braids, glitter, and major brow envy

All photos by Jade Taylor

If you happened to catch my Burgerama Beauty Diary a few months ago, you’ll notice that I’m no stranger to photographing girls at musical festivals. So when I found out I was going to attend Vancouver’s very own Squamish Valley Music Festival (the Canadian version of, like, Lollapalooza), I knew I was definitely bringing my film camera along with me. Over the three days at the festival, I spotted Canadian babes decked out in tons of body glitter, face jewels, and the most insane braids (courtesy of Lush Cosmetics and Van Braid Bar, who set up shop at the festival) I’d ever seen before. Proving that, simply, Canadian girls know what’s up. Also, I saw Drake perform and nearly lost my shit.

I want to make something clear, though: Whenever I photograph a girl for my beauty diaries, I’m gravitated toward a few things: One, their aura. Two, if they have some kind of special, unique characteristic about them (this can anything from a nail-polish color they’re wearing, to a gap in their teeth, to their freckles, etc.). That’s it. A lot of people who do festival roundups end up photographing the same type of girl over and over again (see: Caucasian, tall, skinny, perfect skin, model-esque)—not me. I think it’s important to state this, as both the magazine’s senior beauty editor and a girl myself, because I’m sick and tired of people’s one-sided perception of what makes someone beautiful. Fuck that. Click through the gallery and see for yourself.