Cara Santana Dishes on Her Ultimate Coachella Beauty Survival Kit

Updated 04/12/18
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Here we are, folks. Spring has finally sprung and the musically inclined are about to head off to the Golden State for a weekend of live tunes, sunshine, and, admittedly, a lot of sparkles. But before you pack up your bags and traverse the tents, it's vital to first line up your product must-haves. If we know anything about the desert, it's that it can be rough on your skin, hair, and body at times.

To help, we tapped actress, CaraDisclothed blogger, and The Glam App co-founder Cara Santana for her Coachella must-haves. Below, find eight of her favorite music-festival formulas and why they're essential.

"First things first, Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer ($45) has an SPF of 20—which we all know is a requirement for festival season. It has buildable coverage, so you can cater it to your skin type, and stays light and fresh to give you a perfect glow."

"I have to admit, festival or no festival, I am obsessed with my brows. Discovering this gel (Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, $28) is a lifesaver for keeping every hair in place."

"As a true lip balm fanatic, I love using this tinted balm (Trèstique Mini Plumping Lip Balm, $12) not only because the formula includes shea butter but also because it blends in lip-plumping ingredients to give you some added fullness throughout the day. I also love to use it as a lipstick refresher."

"What I love about AmorePacific Resort Collection Sun Protection Mist ($32) is that rather than piling on a heavy cream, this is a mist—perfect to protect your skin while not feeling heavy. With ingredients like green tea, bamboo, and plum extract, I'm not just protected from the sun—I'm also fighting dryness, redness, and bringing my best face forward despite the heat."

"Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb ($30) is one of my absolute favorite floral scents, making it impossible to head to the desert without this rollerball. The fragrance is light, but the citrus-and-floral mix is perfect to feel fresh and feminine, even in the desert. It's easy to roll on, can fit in your backpack or purse, and no matter how hot and sweaty you get, you'll always smell good."

"Most people do not know my natural hair has such a curly texture. Ouai Wave Spray ($12) is amazing to enhance my natural curl, which I love to wear especially during festival season. The travel size makes it easy to carry, and I always think when you're out in the sun, the less maintenance your hair needs, the better—always go natural texture."

"I love to keep Doctor Rogers Restore Healing Balm ($34) with me for a quick fix for any dry areas—skin, lips, cuticles—it does it all."

 

"Another light but effective beauty elixir making it into my luggage this season, Purvari Rose Petal Mist ($40). I love to finish my makeup with a hydrating mist. It helps to control oil, keep my skin balanced, and my makeup in place. I can always spray this on through the day to add moisture and freshness to my skin during long festival days and nights."

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