Street Beauty: 6 Real-Girl Tips from Austin, Texas

Updated 07/10/18

South by Southwest is not like other music festivals. There are no festival “grounds”—instead, all of downtown Austin’s various establishments and bars open their doors and serve as stages. And because it’s Texas, the weather doesn’t quite allow for the fringe kimonos and crop tops that you’ve come to expect of festival fashion. Rather, the trending attire of choice was blue and made out of plastic: that would be a free poncho, to protect festival-goers from the torrential downpour.

Nevertheless, the live music raged on and thousands of people—yours truly included—sloshed through Austin to enjoy performances from the best bands around the country. And while we braved the elements (and lengthy lines), we still managed to do what we do best: talk about all things beauty, natch. In between shows, we caught up with six gorgeous strangers on the streets of Austin and asked them for their best beauty tips. Keep scrolling to see what they said!

Faith Xue

Age: 26

“Always keep your skin hydrated—that’s key. I love using Mario Badescu Rosebud Facial Spray throughout the day to wake my skin up.”

(It should also be noted that when we asked Erica what face makeup she was wearing, she said, “None.” We slathered on copious amounts of moisturizer and spritzed rose face spray furiously afterwards.)

Faith Xue

Name: Sarah Rader

Age: 25

“I use coconut oil for everything! I’ll put it in my hair as a hair mask—it leaves my hair super soft—and also use it all over my body as a body moisturizer.”

Faith Xue

Name: Riane Herzik

Age: 17

“When I put on my first coat of mascara, I let the it dry completely before applying a second coat—it makes the second coat longer and thicker. Sometimes, I’ll even sit in front of a fan to dry them.”

Faith Xue

Age: 28

“I use Shimmer Lights Shampoo ($9) to tone my hair color. It can leave your hair dry though, so I’ll use coconut oil as conditioner to hydrate and smooth. Also, I exfoliate every night!”

Faith Xue

Name: Shawnda Davis

Age: 26

“I have this gold-tinted setting powder that I picked up at makeup school—it’s called Celebré Pro HD Loose Mineral Finishing Powder ($15). I put it on over my Nars Concealer ($29), and it’s perfect for setting. The darkest shade is great for dark skin tones, as well.”

Faith Xue

Name: Cristina Fisher

Age: 26

“Your eyebrows are your best accessory—shape them well and you won’t have to do much else. I use an angled brush and a MAC brow gel to brush mine in place.” 

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