The List: Festival Season Beauty Survival Guide
Festival season is upon us. Let there be 100 + degree heat, stumbling, drunk fools, an array of combat boots and short shorts, a medley of hats and floral headdresses, and some live music thrown in for good measure. With Coachella weekend one a mere 10 days away, it’s time to get inspired — and get creative! When it comes to hair and makeup, less is certainly more (that one applies to the fashion too), but the real game changer is wearing products and pieces that can easily make the transition from day to night.
Here’s what you’ll need to be toting around in your crossbody bag, preferably one that contains fringe like Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Mini Fringe ($125) in the festival-approved tanned suede or this slightly more fashionable and expensive one from Proenza Schouler, the coveted PS1 Fringed Crossbody Pouch ($1425) in rock n’roll black leather.
Blotting papers are a must (invest in these asap – the floral motif screams festival). And remember, puff, puff, blot… all day and night.
Save your lip shines and glosses for days spent frolicking at your favorite brunch spot (in close proximity to a bathroom). Baking in the heat for hours on end calls for a lip and cheek stain. It’ll last longer, is virtually sweatproof, and still gives off that no-makeup-makeup festival vibe. Try any of these: Vincent Longo Lip & Cheek Gel Stain in Baby Boo ($23; my current favorite), By Terry Tint To Lip Water Color Lipstain in Pink Palace ($36), Benefit Cosmetics Cha Cha Tint ($30; for a spot-on coral color).
All-purpose balm will be your face – and hand – savior. Use it to moisturize into your heat-stroked lips, on hands and cuticles, and even to add a little highlight to cheek and brow bones once the sun sets. Try Air Repair Rescue Balm All-Purpose Skin Salve and Lip Balm ($12); the tube is travel-friendly in size and formula.
Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist ($48) will keep you cool and refreshed while infusing your skin with healthy hydration. Sure, you can go with any face spray, but this one, although pricey, is considered the Hail Mary of face mists. And it won’t clog your pores like so many other less expensive sprays.
Sunscreen goes without saying, but baking in the heat for the entire day calls for reapplication. Try using a powder formula that will both absorb sweat and oils and offer sun protection, like Arcona Sunsations Mineral Makeup SPF 25 ($54). It comes in 13 shades, from translucent to dark, so you can actually add in some coverage if you so desire. And it travels well, too!
Waterproof mascara will save you from the dreaded raccoon eyes – be it from sweating, dust storms, or simply going all fan girl when you meet your favorite singer. Most of your favorite formulas also come in waterproof, but I swear by Trish McEvoy’s High Volume Mascara ($31); it’s better than waterproof. It produces a 360-degree coating around your lashes that dries instantly and is so much easier to remove than your average waterproof formula. Plus, it gives great volume.
What to do with your hair. Obviously, a hat is in order. My absolute favorite wide-brimmed travel hat is by J.Crew, the Textured Summer Straw Hat ($35). You can literally roll it up and stuff it into your bag and it won’t lose its shape. But floral headpieces are pretty festival-friendly too. Learn how to DIY here with real flowers, or purchase a gold headpiece that’ll have people thinking your part festival-chic, part regal. Jennifer Behr’s Margarite Gold-Plated Headband ($595) is pretty much perfect, and it’ll keep bangs and face fringe from attacking your sweaty forehead and cheeks.