Q: I’m looking to expand my summer skincare routine – usually I just cleanse my face, apply light moisturizer at night and sunscreen in the morning. What’s the next step in improving my skin?

A: You already have the most important summer beauty routine down: applying sunscreen. Another step you should add to your skincare routine is exfoliation. Regularly exfoliating your face and body helps your skin cells regenerate and will help improve the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation and visible pores. On your face, use a gentle product like The Body Shop Aloe Gentle Exfoliator or Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream. Try a body exfoliator with richer ingredients for more intense conditioning, like Bliss Body Buff with Shea Butter and Sweet Almond Oil or Red Flower Ohana Gingergrass Bamboo Scrub. You’ll notice an improvement in your skin’s tone in no time.

Q: This summer I’m attending a daylong yoga and music festival. I want to wear a fun makeup design that incorporates current trends, but I don’t know where to start. Any unique makeup tips?

A: It’s tempting to experiment with new makeup when you have a whole day at a festival to show it off. But after hours in the sun, even the most meticulously applied makeup can fade or smudge. So, keep your look eye-catching but simple. Start with Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pen in Jet Black on your upper and lower lash line. Extend the lower lash line towards your temple with a little flick to create a subtle cat-eye. Apply high-quality waterproof mascara like Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara in Black. Then comes the fun part – choosing a bright lip color. The trendiest colors are magenta, like Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb in Plump It Up Pink and neon orange, like Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lipcolor in Electric Orange and NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave. Before you apply the lipstick, spread a bit of concealer on your lips to help the product last longer. Finally, brush some bronzer like Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Light/Medium Matte Bronzer on your cheeks to even out the pink-toned flush the sun naturally creates. Don’t forget sunscreen!

Q: One of the summertime hairstyles I admire is intricate-looking braids with thin strips crisscrossed. However, I can never replicate it. What kind of braid is this, and how can I get the look?

A: The style you’re referring to is a fishtail braid, and it’s not much more difficult than a normal braid. To keep your hairstyle secure, start with a mid-height ponytail. Divide your hair into two sections. Hold the right section in your right hand. With your left hand, grab a pencil-width section of hair from the outside of the left section and cross it over to the inside of the right. Do the same to the right section of hair, and keep crisscrossing small sections of hair until you reach the end of your ponytail. Secure it with an elastic band, and you’ve created the perfect summer hairstyle.

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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 4: Cleanse with wipes. Handy facial cleansing wipes will remove any dirt and makeup that may accumulate during your festival outing. They’re especially important if you’re staying overnight at a campground for a weekend festival.

  • 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!


See also:

The Complete Updated Guide on Hot Weather Beauty & Style

Hot Summer Hair and Fashion: Fresh Hairstyles, Products and Accessories for Summer Weather

Hot Weather Makeup Tips and Solutions for Vacation Destinations


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