Angela Melero Apr 4, 2015

We all know what next week is… Coachella! This epic music event marks the commencement of festival season. For the next few months, our lives will be a flurry of music, dancing, flower crowns, denim shorts, crop tops and good times. The only thing standing in the way of us having the best time ever is the sweltering and ever-present heat. That’s right, Mr. Sun has a front seat at each and every festival and has a way of wreaking havoc on our skin and hair. But, have no fear. We have some key tips on how you can look fabulous at your next music festival… and stay that way!

beauty tricks for music festivals

Sunscreen is a Non-Negotiable

The cardinal rule of spring and summer music festivals is to bring your sunscreen! Seriously, it’s not an optional product. The heat and sun will be in full force and the last thing you need is a sunburn to go with that flower crown. So, just do your skin a favor and load up on the SPF!

Product Recommendations: L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Clear Cool Lotion SPF 50+, La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral

Mattifiers Are EVERYTHING

The last thing you want to deal with at a music festival is a sweaty, oily face and if you already have naturally oily skin, you are definitely at risk for this. Beat the heat with products designed to absorb oil and keep your face dry and clear of pore-clogging oil. Try a mattifier as a base or a finishing powder that will keep your skin looking flawless all day.

Product Recommendations: L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Miracle Blur, NYX Cosmetics High Definition Finishing Powder 

Oil-Free is the Way to Be

If we haven’t already stressed this enough, oil is often your archenemy at spring and summer music festivals. The combo of heat, dancing and dehydration can wreak havoc on your skin and send our oil levels through the roof. Why contribute to the problem with oil-infused serums and moisturizers? For the duration of the festival, stick to oil-free products that will keep your skin nourished, sans the slick, oily residue.

Product Recommendations: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free LotionMaybelline Shine-Free Oil Control Loose Powder

Skip the Foundation

In hot, humid environments, it’s important to keep your makeup as light as possible. There’s nothing worse than melting gobs of makeup… yuck! Try giving the foundation a rest and replace it with BB cream or tinted moisturizer. That way you’ll have some coverage and much needed nutrients pumped into your skin without clogging your pores! So you can just focus on more important things, like dancing!

Product Recommendations: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Oil-Free, L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

Embrace Waterproof… EVERYTHING

Heat and sweat go hand in hand… and eventually you’ll start to see your face melt into those hands. Avoid this fate and keep your makeup in place by stocking up on waterproof products. We’re talking everything from mascara and eyeliner to water-resistant sunscreen and facial powders. Anything that says, “waterproof” on it, take it. The last thing you want to worry about when you’re shaking it to your fave song is your makeup coming off!

Product Recommendations: Lancôme Définicils Waterproof, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Eye Pencil, NYX Epic Ink Liner, L'Oreal Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender, Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick

Invest in Body and Facial Sprays

Music festivals are typically in the middle of nowhere, like desert or countryside locations so washrooms and luxurious amenities are not exactly at arms’ reach. But, a girl still needs to stay looking (and smelling) fresh! Keep a yummy-smelling body spray and a small travel-sized facial mist in your bag to keep your face hydrated and healthy and the rest of you smelling divine!

Product Recommendations: The Body Shop Indian Night Jasmine Fragrance Mist, Kiehl’s Refreshing Mist, The Body Shop Coconut Body Mist

Don’t Forget the Dry Shampoo

If your festival experience involves camping or super-long days and nights, washing your hair may not be an option. Keep those locks looking fresh is your new festival BFF: dry shampoo. This hair staple will absorb all that yucky oil and give your hair a much needed volume boost!

Product Recommendations: Kérastase Powder Bluff, Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Shampoo, Matrix Style Link Mineral Play Back Dry Shampoo

What beauty essentials are you packing for your next music festival? Spill your product list in the comments below!

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About the Author:Angela helps inspire and inform the audience by delivering the latest beauty tips, tricks and trends.

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