Festival season is right around the corner and for all you Coachella goers, it is just a few days away! You’re probably wondering what to pack and what makeup to wear. Let’s face it. Coachella gets HOT! The last thing we want to happen is looking like a sweaty raccoon. And if you’re camping, you will especially want to make sure you don’t look like a dirty hippie. Here are a variety of tips on mastering the sweat-proof makeup and looking fabulous during all 3 days at Coachella!
#1: Sun Protection
There is a reason why this is tip #1- it is the most important rule of all! WEAR SUNSCREEN! If you opt out of using sun protection, you could end up having some really bad sun burns. Ouch! Although there are shaded areas on the festival grounds, shade is not enough to protect your skin. Every person should wear at least SPF 15 on a daily basis. However, for this type of outdoor festival, the higher the spf, the better. Just remember to reapply every few hours and you should be fine.
You would be surprised how much difference a primer makes. Not only does it prep your face for makeup, but it also minimizes pores and helps mattify your skin to keep it shine-free. Some primers also contain spf which is an added boost to protect your face. If you plan on wearing eye makeup to Coachella, an eye primer may not be a bad idea as well!
#3: Tinted Moisturizer
Say hello to your new best friend called tinted moisturizer! For an event like this, you don’t want your face to look like it’s melting. If you’re going to wear any face makeup, the lighter the better. Trust me. Investing in a good tinted moisturizer will be enough to give you a natural glow and even out your skin tone.
#4: Waterproof Everything!
From eyeliner to mascara or whatever else you desire to wear, make sure it’s waterproof. This is a MUST, considering you will have very limited resources for cleaning up. The only place you are bound to find a mirror is in the tiny, smelly port-a-potties, so don’t count on touch-ups. If anything, use a makeup sealer, but to make things easier on yourself, just go with waterproof cosmetics. You will save yourself the worries of having a makeup meltdown. LITERALLY!
Your lips are also prone to being sunburned. Take care of them by keeping them moisturized and if possible, choose a lipbalm with SPF 15 in it. There are a variety of tinted lipbalms out there if you want some added color as well.
#6: Sea Salt Spray
Hair product can be a bit of a drag during this festival. Not only does gel and hairspray have sticky results, it will also tend to look gross when you are smoldering in the sun. Go for a bottle of sea salt spray and spritz onto damp or dry hair. Finger–style and twist pieces of hair for a wave-tousled look.
#7: Body/Face Scrub
You are going to be walking around A LOT all weekend and if you plan on wearing open toed shoes, expect to have black feet by the end of the day. Not to mention, people’s sweat suddenly becomes your sweat after the inevitable contact while running through the crowds. Gross, right? But have no fear! Once you have a chance to shower (yes campers, there are showers), you’re going to need to scrub all of that dirt, sweat, and dead skin cells away! That’s when a body scrub comes in handy. In case you didn’t know, sugar is a natural exfoliant, so if you want to scrub your face, bring some sugar packets with you. Wet your face with water and make small circular motions with the sugar. Rinse and WAH-LA!
You know why this is important. Do everyone a favor and save yourself any embarrassment when you have your arms high up in the air, rooting for your favorite band. Don’t be a smelly girl (or guy)!
#9:Hand Sanitizer/ Baby Wipes
Before you eat. After you use the port-a-potty. Before you touch your face…etc. Stay germ free or carry around baby wipes for extra cleanliness. You will be thankful you have them on hand!
#10: Oil Blotting Sheets
As the day goes on, you are going to look shiny. Keep a pack of shine-blotting sheets in your bag and blot any excess oils from your face. You can follow with a mattifying oil-absorbing powder afterwards if you desire for added coverage. If you don’t have any blotting sheets on hand, toilet seat protectors do the job as well. Rip a few pieces of it and throw it into your bag for a budget-friendly way to stay shine-free!
Now, you are well on your way to make heads turn at Coachella! Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be a knockout! Remember to stay hydrated as well! I hope you festival attendees have found these tips to be beneficial and handy for the weekend. Happy Coachella 2012 and hope to see you all there!