7 Beauty Hacks to Help You Survive Festival Heat and Summer Sweat

June 10, 2024
By: Makeup.com | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
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Over the next few months, ourfeeds will be filled with summer fun - music, dancing, flower crowns, denim shorts, dazzling makeup, and fun experiences. The only obstacle to attending all these outdoor summer events is the relentless and scorching heat. Yes, the sun seems to have a prime spot at every festival and can cause damage to our skin and hair. Uncover our best advice and techniques that we have acquired over time to stay hydrated, maintain good health, and avoid sweating during this summer season.


TIP 1: Sunscreen Is Non-Negotiable

Listen up, sun and festival worshippers! As you frolic in the sun at music festivals this season, let us drop some knowledge bombs: sunscreen is NOT optional. In fact, it's more essential than finding the perfect spot for your Instagram pic. Trust us, nothing screams 'rookie move' like a lobster-red sunburn ruining your festival vibes. So slather on that SPF and rock on, my friends. Do your skin a favor and load up on the SPF with the New IT Cosmetics Hello Sunshine SPF, and light enough to soak into your skin but protective enough to combat those rays. We are also loving NYX Professional Makeup Blurscreen, primer and SPF all in one.

TIP 2: Oil-Free Is the Way to Be

It cannot be emphasized enough that oil is a common adversary at spring and summer music festivals. The combination of warmth, movement, and lack of hydration can cause excessive oil production in your skin. So why worsen the issue by using serums and moisturizers with oil? For the duration of the festival, stick to oil-free products  like the NYX Professional Makeup Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Concealer that will keep your skin looking flawless, sans the slick, oily residue.

TIP 3: Mattifiers Are EVERYTHING

Don't let a greasy, sweaty face cramp your music festival style. For all my fellow oily-skin babes, it's time to fight back with some specialized products that'll keep you looking fresh and dry. Trust me, no one wants to be known as the "shiny" one in the festival crowd. We love IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Natural Matte Foundation and even better, it has SPF 40.

TIP 4: Skip the Traditional Foundation

When the humidity hits, it's best to ditch the heavy makeup and opt for a more subtle approach. Trust us, there's nothing worse than looking like a melting wax figure. So, put those foundations on the back burner and grab some CC cream or tinted moisturizer to keep your skin nourished and pores unclogged. That way, you'll have more time to focus on important things, like busting out your best moves on the dance floor. 

TIP 5: 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'retalking everything from mascara and eyeliner to water-resistant sunscreen and facial powders. Anything that says, "waterproof" on it, take it. When it comes to mascara, the Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara gets the job done just right. And we can't forget the lips; it may not be waterproof, but it is a step above - the Maybelline LifterPlump Gloss, be fiery and spicy anywhere you go, chefs kiss!! With 24 Hour wear and everyone wanting to have a bold look at a festival, theTattoo Shadow Sticksand Master Precise Eyeliner will stayput and deliver a look that everyone will be watching. Lock it all in with The Urban Decay Hyaluronic Acid+Watermelon Fruit Extract All Nighter Setting Spraywill help you achieve that budge-free finish for up to 16 hours.

TIP 6: Invest in Body and Facial Sprays

Music festivals. Where the only thing more scarce than cell service is a decent bathroom. Who needs fancy hotels when you have porta-potties in the middle of the desert? But let's be real, a lady's gotta keep up appearances, even if that means spritzing herself with dry shampoo and praying for mercy from the sweat gods. Keep a yummy-scented body spray or a facial mist like the La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water in your bag to keep your face hydrated and healthy.

TIP 7: 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. Enter your new festival BFF: dry shampoo. This hair staple (check out the Redken Deep Clean - it is amazing) will absorb all that yucky oil and give your hair a much-needed volume boost.