Put Your Festival Face Forward

Tickets? Check. Accommodations? Check. Cut off high-waisted shorts? Check. Makeup? Er….

Festival season is upon us! For a jam-packed weekend filled with both fun and sun, the following tips will make sure your makeup parties with you all day (and night) long.

Fresh Faced

During a festival you are almost guaranteed to sweat for hours on end. Instead of your normal full-face of makeup, try spray tanning instead. Whether you go to a salon and have a professional do it or fake bake at home, spray tanning can give you a flawless look without worrying about it melting off. If you cannot be seen outside of the house without your face, use your most long-wearing foundation. Make sure you set with a powder, and stay tuned for the last tip, my favorite long-wearing makeup trick.

Favorite Long Wearing Foundations:
Investment — Make-Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation $43 (Sephora.com),

Wallet-Friendly — Revlon Colorstay $10.39 (Drugstore.com)

Legit Liner

It is a festival after all. Use the weekend as an excuse to go a little wilder with your makeup. If you’re not comfortable with blue eye shadow, try blue liquid liner. Once again, since you will be outside and your perspiration might edge past “glistening” pretty quickly, go for waterproof liner if possible. Festivals are also a great time to use the liquid liner in other ways. Draw graphic lines or animal-print shapes on your face accented by crystals from the craft store.  

Pro tip: Use eyelash glue to attach the crystals. Not only is it waterproof, but it lasts all day.  

Favorite Liquid Liner:
Investment — Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Cobalt $22 (Stilacosmetics.com)

Wallet-Friendly — Milani Ultrafine Felt Tip Liquid Liner in Sparkling Turquoise $6.97 (Walmart.com)

Mascara that Won’t Budge

There’s nothing quite as painful as squinting up at the sun to see the hot lead singer of a headlining band and having a mixture of sweat and mascara drip into your eye. Waterproof mascara is the way to go for a festival. True, waterproof mascara is no fun to remove, but this is one of the few times it’s worth the hassle.

Pro Tip: Buy waterproof eye makeup removed from the same brand. They are formulated to work with their specific formulas and do a significantly better job.

Favorite Mascara:

Investment — MAC Haute and Naughty Waterproof Lash Mascara $22 (maccosmetics.com)
Wallet-Friendly — Covergirl Clump Crusher Waterproof Mascara $7.99 (ulta.com)

Forgo the High Maintenance Lipstick

Instead of a full on lipstick, go for a tinted lip balm with SPF. You can have it in your cut-off shorts pocket and reapply as needed. The SPF adds much needed sun protection on an often neglected part of your face. Make sure to use SPF on your entire body, but the tint in the lip balm will help you remember to keep reapplying throughout the day.

Favorite Lip Balm with SPF:

Investment — Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 $24 (Sephora.com)

Wallet-Friendly — Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm SPF 20 in Sunny Berry $8.99 (ulta.com)

Setting Sprays for Days

This might be my best and most favorite tip of all.  Makeup setting spray is missing in your life. It may seem like the least fun purchase of the year, but I promise it makes a huge difference in the longevity of every other product you put on your face.  You use hairspray in your hair, right? This is basically hairspray for your face. It makes sure all of your hard work stays put until you are ready to remove it at the end of the day.

Favorite Setting Sprays:
Investment — Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray $30 (urbandecay.com)
Wallet-Friendly — L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray $13.79 (target.com)


Au Natural

If you forego makeup entirely — hey, you’re there for the music after all — don’t forget to amp up the overall SPF coverage and tote a pocket-sized portion to re-up throughout the day. Sunburn and blisters are the ultimate festival buzz kill.

Illustration by Paige Pritchard

Illustration by Paige Pritchard

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