Music festivals are the perfect way to let loose and relax under the sun while enjoying your favorite bands. But whether you’re camping out all weekend or just spending the day soaking up sun, friends and music, it can be a challenge to maintain healthy skin, vibrant hair and eye-catching fashion while away from home. These tips and tricks will help you breeze through any music festival with ease and style, so you can enjoy the atmosphere while looking your best!
Summer weather is heading our way, ushering in outdoor activities that make the most of hot days and balmy nights. One of the best ways to spend time under the sun this season is living it up at a music festival.
However, some of these music festivals last for multiple days, and many involve camping. That means showers aren’t always available, and in some cases running water is hard to come by. When you can’t shower, you have to be resourceful and find alternatives to help you maintain clear skin, manageable hair and stunning style.
Thankfully, these tips and tricks will help you look your best at any festival you attend this season — minus the fuss or second-guessing. Read on for a comprehensive guide to grooving and socializing in style.
- Tip 1: Break out the bright colors! Music festivals are the perfect occasion to experiment with new looks and dare to stand out with brighter colors — whether they’re featured in your accessories, outfit or makeup. This season, go out on a limb with playful shades that perfectly exemplify the carefree vibe of summer.
Tip 2: Moisturize. The sun beating down on you for hours can dry out your skin, so be sure to moisturize throughout the festival. However, stay in tune with your skin’s needs. Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose tells Teen Vogue, “If you’re not dry then there’s no need to put moisturizer all over. Instead apply it on spots that you think need it.” Barose suggests switching to a lighter gel formula if you want the hydration without the heaviness.
Tip 3: Sanitize. At most music festivals, it’s nearly impossible to find a place where you can wash your hands with soap and water. To keep hands clean and combat the spread of germs and bacteria, carry around a small hand sanitizer in your purse or satchel.
Tip 5: Dry shampoo and conditioner. For those music festivals that last a few days without shower facilities, it can be difficult to keep your hair looking fresh, especially if you have an oily scalp. Thankfully, dry shampoo has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years, and now companies even offer dry conditioner.
Tip 6: Waterproof makeup. Music festivals often throw unexpected obstacles at attendees, including sweat, summer downpours and even the rogue festivalgoer with a water gun. But you don’t have to give up your statement look just because of a little water; instead, choose waterproof products.
Tip 7: Protect your skin. The most important thing you can do when you’re attending an outdoor music festival — or any outdoor event — is protect your skin with sunscreen. Be conscientious about application, both in terms of quantity and frequency, and be sure to apply SPF to easily-overlooked areas like your ears and the tops of your feet. Carry a travel-size bottle while you’re at the festival so you can reapply throughout the day.
Tip 8: No-fuss hairstyle. Whether your preferred low-maintenance style is a bun, braid or ponytail, at festivals it’s best to keep your hair off your face and neck to help you stay cool. Try a topknot — the style is easy to create and appears to lift your cheekbones, resulting in a look that’s both youthful and sophisticated. Some stray hairs are bound to escape the style if you’re out and about all day, so embrace them; they’ll frame your face and soften the look.
Product picks: In place of a rubber band, try Cyndi Bands Gift Card Set Of 6 Hair Ties in You From Me. The gentle hair ties will hold your hair in place and double as cute bracelets when you want your hair down. If your hair doesn’t cooperate, pop on a trendy snapback hat or a headband like SARAHPOTEMPA TOOLS The Wrap Up. A rolled-up bandana makes a great DIY headband. Plus, if a dust storm passes through, the bandana can double as a facemask to protect your lungs.
Summer is the perfect season to party the day — and night — away at fun events like music festivals. Although it can be overwhelming to spend so much time outdoors in the sun, especially with so few facilities to freshen up your hot summer look, these tips will help you protect your skin and style while you’re having a blast and looking your best!
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