Music festivals should be all about the music, but given the popularity of our Coachella fashion slideshow, it’s safe to say that festival style is the unofficial headliner of the season. And the season has just begun: Coachella’s second weekend is a day away and after it ends all other music festivals will quickly follow. We’ve shared our tips for festival style and now it’s time to talk about how to do your hair and makeup for a music festival. To get the best advice, we turned to the Beauty Panel, our team of beauty blogging experts. Even if you’re not headed to Bonnaroo, Osheaga, Lollapalooza or another music festival this summer, their answers are ideal for any day you’ll be out and about under the hot, hot sun.
Challenge 7: With Coachella in full swing, it’s officially music festival season. How do you do your hair and makeup for a festival? See the answers now! »
While this challenge was all about hair and makeup, our panelists were quick to point out that skincare is just as important. (There’s a reason it’s one of our top beauty trends for spring!) Because music festivals generally involve being at the mercy of the elements—that is, the heat and humidity of summer—it’s important to make sure your makeup has staying power and that you’re fully protected from sun. So instead of using your usual foundation and pressed powders, when doing your makeup for a music festival it’s best to use a good primer and a BB cream instead. As for the sunscreen, you’ll want to load up on all and any products that have SPF. Many BB creams contain SPF and if your lipstick contains it too—much like the one Spiced Beauty’s Jennifer Francis used—then all the better.
For music festival hair, it was all about the braids and brightly-coloured highlights. Dee Thomson, from Liner and Glitter and Gloss, Oh My!, added purple and blue to her hair with hair chalk before twisting strands into a halo braid updo. Sandra D. Sobon of Moms Makeup Stash also added colour with hair chalk, but opted for the trendy cascading curls of a waterfall braid instead. And because it’s not music festival hair without the addition of a flower crown, you’ll be pleased to see that many panelists included flowers in their final looks.
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