13 Beauty Essentials for the Festival-Bound
Festivals are a time of music, dancing, and partying—but all the music, dancing, and partying can also take a serious toll on your skin and hair. To keep you looking (if not feeling) fresh as a daisy, we’ve rounded up our favorite beauty products that are essential for festival season. From sunscreen to an energy mist and everything in between, we’ve got you covered so you can look and feel your best while dancing in the desert down in Indio. Keep scrolling to see our top festival-ready beauty picks!
Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($36)
A non-greasy oil? Yes, it is possible. This lightweight, water-resistant dry oil protects your hair and skin from the drying effects of the sun, salt water, and chlorine. The spray applicator makes it easy to apply in hard-to-reach places and allows for even coverage on your strands. Best of all, this product helps promote an even tan while helping your hair feel silky-smooth. Win-win!
Burt's Bees BB Cream SPF 15 ($15)
Music festivals are no place for layers of makeup. Ditch the full-coverage foundation and reach for a BB cream that not only offers sun protection with a hint of coverage but also moisturizes and blurs the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, it's Selena Gomez's go-to product!
CAP Beauty The Captivator Energy Mist ($46)
Day parties have you in a tired slump? Reenergize with this natural invigorating mist. A perfect pick me up after a long day, this energizing mist is made with a blend of natural essential oils that “increases self-love and magnifies beauty.” We like it because it makes us feel more awake with one spritz.
Jergens Natural Glow Lotion ($2)
Traditional spray tans can get really messy (and leave you orange). This reformulated lotion from Jergens gives your skin a natural, sun-kissed glow gradually, while a combination of vitamin E and antioxidants make your legs silky-soft. Plus, it doesn’t smell like self-tanner. We repeat: It doesn’t smell like self tanner.
Fiona Stiles Light Illusion Prism Palette ($28)
These shimmery, silky highlighters from Fiona Stiles give the skin a luminous appearance that looks utterly natural. With three shades to choose from, this palette makes it easy to mix and match shades that fit your skin tone perfectly. Bonus? Mix any of the shades with moisturizer to make an instant body shimmer.
Tenoverten x Striiike Nail Polish Set ($60)
This nail polish collection was done in collaboration with Tinseltown’s favorite beauty trio, the Streicher sisters, owners of Striiike salon in Beverly Hills. These bright and cheery polishes are formulated without any toxic chemicals, yet they're still incredibly pigmented. Mix and match the bold, festival-ready shades and throw your hands up in the air.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara ($23)
The last thing you want while dancing to music and attending one pool party after another is smudged, flaky mascara. Too Faced updated its cult favorite to a new waterproof formula that lasts through sweat and tears. One coat leaves your lashes defined, while two or three coats gives darker, curled, and more dramatic lashes without the clumps.
Action Wipes Single Packs ($17)
Are all the festivities leaving you with virtually no time to shower? These genius wipes are here freshen you up—without water. Each premoistened wipe is the equivalent to 25 gallons of water (the typical amount used in a 10 minute shower); just sweep it all over your body to instantly freshen up. Plus, they're completely recyclable and cruelty free; in other words, a must-have.
Fresh Sport Sugar Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30 ($25)
When we think of sunscreen, we usually think of it going on our bodies. But other parts that always seems to be neglected—but still needs just as much sun protection—are our eyes and lips. This water-resistant take on Fresh’s best-selling Sugar Lip Treatments ($24) shields the most sensitive areas of our face from UV damage. The stick glides on easily, while sugar and a blend of oils keep your skin hydrated throughout the day.
Davines SU Hair Milk ($29)
Hair milk is the go-to product for those who want to protect their hair from sun damage and restore hydration but don’t have time to use a traditional hair mask. The UV filters in this product protect hair color while you’re dancing in the sun, and helps your hair retain hydration. The lightweight conditioning aspect gives your strands a boost of hydration.
Coola Sport Continuous Spray SPF 50 ($36)
Unscented sunscreen made with organic ingredients sounds too good to be true—but it’s not. This sunscreen gives the necessary UV protection while repairing and hydrating the skin with ingredients such as cucumber, red raspberry seed oil, and algae. Although the product sprays on, it is a non-aerosol, making it earth- (and sensitive skin–) friendly.
Lilah B. Divine Duo in B.Real ($46)
This luxe natural beauty product doubles as a cheek and lip stain. The color is easily buildable, and the rosy shade gives off a healthy, natural looking flush. Aloe extract and coconut oil provide skin with continuous moisture, so that your lips don’t get dried out and flaky.
Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask ($22)
After a long day in the hot, dry sun, your skin is in need of major moisture. This moisturizing mask uses sweet almond oil and hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin below the surface, restoring elasticity and reducing fine lines. Honey and aloe soothe the skin (goodbye, sunburn!), while licorice root and lemon gently brighten it.
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