What to Bring toa Music Festival
Tickets? Check. Insta-worthy outfit? Check. Beauty essentials? We've got you. Whether you're a festival newbie or a done-this-for-years free spirit, here's everything you need to keep your look on point and express your personality, from opening act to after party. Find your match and get the must-haves.
You're a festival noob. But no beauty beginner.
Basics matter, starting with sunscreen. The easiest way to slather on SPF in a crowd: a no-mess stick. Our pick is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face + Body Stick Broad Spectrum for its smooth-glide factor. And when the heat hits, cool off with Mario Badescu's Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater – with each spritz you get hydration and a spa-like scent.
Don't fuss with a bunch of makeup – a smooth lip balm from EOS or pop of color, like cherry red from Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip, is all you need for song after song, selfie after selfie. Want more drama? Try Benefit Cosmetics Badgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara, which lasts 36 hours and gives you a super-fanned lash look. When it's time to wash the day away, use Ulta Beauty Collection Sensitive Skin Facial Cleansing Towelettes (gotta keep it simple, especially if you're camping). And don't forget your hair and the perfect finishing touch: a classic bandana from Capelli.
Glitter is your weakness. Good news: Festivals mean time to shine.
Let your hair start the party. BRITE Glitter Up Babe is glitter in a light gel base, and you can run it through your strands or even dab it on your shoulders. The intensity is up to you. If you want a more subtle shimmer, try Pacifica Crystal Glow Power Shimmer Body Lotion; it's made with rose quartz for a touch of radiance. Way into sparkle? Apply Lottie London's "freckle tatts" that look like dabs of glitter. Create your own design; we love them along the cheekbones or above the brows.
Strobe lights all around. Show your glow with Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter – a "C" shape from above your brows down to the apples of your cheeks is the secret to flattering your face. Also, gotta have lip shimmer. Get a mirror-like finish from MAC Lipglass and shine when you shout over the speakers.
A little hippie, a little artistic, a lot of "anything goes." Turn up the creativity.
Your face is a canvas. Grab Too Faced Sketch Markers and go to work. These eyeliners "write" like felt-tipped markers and come in a ton of colors. Do a double-winged liner, extend way beyond the lash line, or even dot them on your cheeks à la faux freckles. Goes perfect with colored mascara (we're big into the blues and purples from NYX Professional Makeup). For lips, hydration matters most when you're under the sun. Ulta Beauty Collection's Tinted Lip Oils give you dewy shimmer and also have ingredients, like peach and avocado, that will nourish while you lip-synch all day.
Feeling extra? Get your jewels on. We're talking Lottie London's Off Duty Mermaid self-adhesive gems that you can use on your face and body in all sorts of patterns and designs. Even your hand sanitizer can have attitude. Try Organic to Green's CLEAN sanitizer in lavender lemon; it has a hint of glitter inside. You can clean your face in a few swipes with Simple's Cleansing Facial Wipes and soak up sweat with NYX Professional Makeup's Green Tea Blotting Paper. And don't forget the sunscreen, especially one with a healthy mineral base like Coola's Mineral Face SPF30 Matte Tint.
You didn't come to stay quiet. Get goth. Get glam. Get gorg.
Colored hair – yep, you dare. Paint on a new color with Brite Liquid Hair Chalk. Keep one (or a few) in your bag and add new streaks as the day goes on. For makeup, it all comes down to a few essentials. Start with a kohl eye pencil, like Flower Beauty's That's So Kohl!, to create a smudged, scribbled look around your eye. The beauty is in the imperfection. Top it with lashes from Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara in travel size; it's mischief-making lash height without weighing down your bag.
Last up, lips that shout. Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Long-Lasting Water-Resistant Lip Topcoat is like an optical illusion — swirls of gold on berry for a pout that would make Bowie proud. For quick touchups, or to erase the day, pack makeup remover cloths. We love E.L.F.'s for their softness factor.
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