What’s In Our Bag: 12 Editor-Approved Festival Beauty Essentials

BY Dermstore Editors · March 24, 2017

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It’s that time of the year again, when all roads lead to Indio and every sleeping hippie soul springs to life—thanks to the sights, sounds and flower crowns of Coachella. You’ve downloaded a map of the festival grounds, printed a cheat sheet of the performances and marked all the parties and hotspots to hit. You’ve even planned out a fringe-y, flowy, Instagram-worthy outfit for every day of the festival. It’s going to be the best weekend ever! Or is it? For your hair and skin, not so much. Think high heat, unforgiving sun, harsh desert winds and all-night parties. All the right ingredients to create a disastrous recipe for your luscious locks and dewy skin. Rocking out with greasy hair and parched skin? Uh—not a good look. But don’t fret because all is not lost! You can rock Coachella (or any music festival, for that matter) and look mighty fine while doing so as long as you bring the right beauty tools! Before you zip your bags and hop on your carpool, make sure you pack these festival essentials to desert-proof your coifs and skin!


1. A Tinted Moisturizer

Prancing around in the desert is the surest way to age your skin and suck water out of it, so moisturizing should be a no-brainer. Same goes for sunscreen. But let’s face it—no one has time for a step-by-step skin care regimen in between your favorite performances, so here’s a tip: save time by opting for a multitasking moisturizer that does it all, just like W3LL PEOPLE Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer: Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Aside from moisturizing and protecting your skin from the sun, it also offers natural coverage for your skin for an even and naturally radiant complexion.

2. A Travel-Friendly Contouring Palette

No one wants to be immortalized on Instagram with washed-out complexion and uneven skin. A travel-friendly and long-wearing contouring kit like Tarte Cosmetics Tarteist PRO Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette can help you achieve that desert goddess look by giving your face instant dimension and shimmer. Its matte contour and highlighting duo will flatter any complexion, and the Amazonian clay formulation guarantees long-lasting coverage. Best of all, it’s loaded with antioxidants! Now you’ll be ready should one of Coachella’s many photographers wander near you!

3. Multipurpose Makeup with SPF

Whether you’re a fan of minimalist beauty or not, lip and cheek stains are the perfect festival buddies. Case in point: Supergoop Perk Up! Lip and Cheek Treat SPF 40. It gives lips a universally flattering and long-lasting color (no need to reapply after hitting the food trucks!) and adds a healthy tint to cheeks. It has a moisturizing formula to prevent chapped lips, it’s enriched with SPF and even has a built-in compact mirror for quick touch-ups when you’re on-the-go.

4. A Refreshing Mist with SPF

Even the best melt-proof makeup can look dull by midday in the desert. Remember to stash a setting mist like Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 in your daypack as it will not only set your makeup, it’s also a quick way to control shine and regain freshness. Keep this SPF-enriched mist handy, so you can apply (and reapply!) anytime, anywhere without adding more grease to your face. Plus points for its energizing minty aroma!

5. A Reliable Face Sunscreen

You already know how important sunscreen is even in your day-to-day activities (and if you don’t, what planet have you been living in?). Even more so when you’re going to spend days baking in the desert sun. Reach for one that’s light, non-greasy and can be easily absorbed by your skin. We recommend COOLA SPF 30 Face Classic Sunscreen – Cucumber for its broad-spectrum protection and organic formula that’s both moisturizing and rejuvenating for the skin.

6. All-Around Wipes

In outdoor events, a sweaty face becomes a magnet for dirt, so never leave home without travel wipes. Not all are created equal though—pick one with a moisturizing formula to help your skin endure the merciless desert. Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes  is made of 100% bamboo fiber and dosed with Ursa Major’s 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic. It removes excess oil and impurities, maintains pH levels, exfoliates and unclogs pores. Use it to get rid of makeup when you’re too exhausted to wash your face.


7. A Hair Sunscreen

If you’re aiming for a boho chic look, you’ve got to have your locks on lock. But too much sun can have devastating effects on your hair that not even the prettiest flower crowns can fix. To keep its healthy luster, reach for a hair mist and spritz before heading out to cast a protective barrier on your mane. We love Rene Furterer Solaire Protective Summer Fluid. It’s specially formulated with KPF 90 for UV protection and essential oils to nourish and maintain shine. Keep it in your daypack for quick touch-ups during the day.

8. Sea Salt Spray

Nothing says boho more than a full head of soft, flowing curls, but when you’re under 100-degree heat, this can be a little tricky to achieve. Lucky for Coachella beauties, a few spritzes of sea salt spray can add natural texture and volume to your hair for easier styling and management. Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray lets you take beach waves to the desert with its nourishing organic formula. It’s formulated with Atlantic sea salt to add texture and aloe vera to add moisture and a lightweight hold.

9. Dry Shampoo

The stinky fact is, at music festivals, showers are often optional. But when you’ve just woken up from last night’s after-party and Father John Misty’s set starts in half an hour, who can blame you? Times like this, dry shampoo like Batiste Dry Shampoo Original will save you. An absolute festival must-have, it will mask any unpleasant odor and help absorb sweat and grease. In particular, Batiste’s light and refreshing formula instantly perks-up your locks without adding too much weight. It’s easy to use and style and leaves hair soft without the greasy residue.


10. Body Sunscreen

In hot and dry environments, the best sunscreen is the one that can be easily applied and absorbed by the skin. Instead of the lotion variety, reach for mists to keep grease off your skin and for no-fuss application when you’re on-the-go. We recommend Hampton Sun SPF 55 Continuous Mist, a lightweight and hypoallergenic sunscreen with broad-spectrum coverage that’s gentle even on sensitive skin. Its advanced technology offers enhanced protection from the sun and increased resistance to water while keeping skin smooth and moisturized.

11. Body Bronzer

Crop tops, lacy skirts, denim cutoffs, flowy dresses. Coachella fashion is in itself enough reason to troop to the festival. But while some sartorial choices are questionable at best, one thing is for sure: no outfit can top healthy-looking skin. And since you can’t trust the desert to give you a perfect tan, body bronzers are your best bet. Use it to give skin a healthy glow, cover up blemishes and even sculpt areas you’re not so confident about. South Seas Skincare Peta Jane Tanning Mist does all that with a lightweight and hydrating formula that offers a realistic tan.

12. Shimmer Oil

Music festivals are fun and all, but the extreme conditions and lack of proper sleep–not to mention the not-so-healthy diet—can take a toll on your skin and leave it drier than Coachella Valley itself. For parched skin, nothing works better in bringing back its healthy glow than a moisturizing body oil. Soleil Toujour’s Apres Soleil Exotic Shimmer Body Oil does just that. It leaves your skin smooth and nourished while adding a hint of bronze and shimmer.

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