On-the-Fly Beauty Tips for Summer Music Festivals

Pack up your rain boots and get ready, because we are now in the heart of music festival season. We’ve already told you what to wear, and who’s wearing what, but one of the biggest issues with festivals is the lack of facilities and subsequent beauty issues, so we’re here to help you with that as well. As much as we would all like to believe that after three days without access to a shower, camping alongside hordes of drunken music lovers, we still look good, it’s usually not the case. But fresh festival beauty isn’t impossible and we’re here to tell you how you can maintain a street-style-photographer-ready look well into the festival.

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Alessandra Ambrosio and Alexa Chung have mastered simple festival beauty.

At a festival, cleansing wipes are a girl’s best friend. Standard baby wipes will do the trick in a bind, but a product such as Sephora’s Express Cleansing Wipes $9 will not only rid your face of excess grime but are also biodegradable. Whether the sun scorches all weekend long or you’re stuck wading in mud and rain, the key to festival makeup is simplicity. Sunscreen is an absolute must, even if it’s cloudy, but to save space in your toiletry kit, opt for a tinted moisturizer with SPF such as Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 $42.

Now that you’ve eliminated having to bring foundation and a separate sunscreen, your face will need a bit of color. A combined cheek and lip tint, such as Stila’s Convertible Color $25 is the best way to maintain a fresh and rosy look without having to carry blush and lipstick. A few coats of waterproof mascara, such as Dior’s DiorShow Iconic Extreme Waterproof $28 will have your look complete and keep you looking put together no matter the situation. A translucent mattifying powder such as Urban Decay’s De-Slick $32 is another great buy as it will keep your face from becoming shiny and by absorbing any extra oil.

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Isabel Lucas and Emma Watson know that unfussy is essential.

Festival hair is a bit more difficult, luckily with makeup you can remove and reapply whenever you need, but with limited access to facilities, it’s best to maintain an easy and low-maintenance hairstyle for the duration of the festival. A loose, texturized style works best because it can easily transition from loose locks, to half up, to a messy top knot, but to keep your hair looking fresh, carry along a dry shampoo such as Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo $11. Lastly, if you only bring one beauty product along with you, make it Bliss Spa’s Problem Salved $9, which will combat sunburn, moisturize chapped skin, prevent blisters, and tame unruly hair.

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