It’s music festival season, a time when you’re expected to look Instagram worthy despite not bathing (or sleeping) for two days of tromping around in the mud and/or sun. And while you’ll probably possess an inner glow brought on by gorgeous music, time with friends, new connections made, and a stem or two of some magic fungi, packing the right beauty products certainly couldn’t hurt!
I know you don’t need convincing to eschew parabens and sulfates in your beauty products – who wants to court the long-term possibility of cancer? But when camping out at a festival, it’s especially important to pack clean and natural, since you likely will be standing outside your tent, rinsing your products off your face and right into the soil. So, avoid products with synthetic ingredients, and ones with microbeads, tiny plastic spheres used for exfoliating that won’t ever degrade and could poison tiny wildlife who mistakenly eat it. Meanwhile, invest in some serious sun protection, and choose portable and versatile products.
Obviously, you don’t have to and don’t want to bring everything listed! But you should get some great ideas for feeling and looking your most radiant for three days of physical endurance and fun. Here’s your music festival beauty regimen:
You arrive to the festival late in the afternoon after traveling a long way, and you have less than an hour to throw up your tent and primp before one of your favorite bands gets on the main stage. Mist your hair with Captain Blankenship Organic Shimmer Texturizing Hair Spray to give it a glowing, beachy look. Spritz your face with Luzern Alpine Glacial Toner to refresh and moisturize it without having to take off all your makeup and start all over.
Dab some Mullein & Sparrow Tinted Lip + Cheek Balm on your cheeks and lips. The sun still has a few more hours, so mist MyChelle Sun Shield Clear Spray SPF 30 on your shoulders for 80 minutes of full-spectrum, vegan, non-toxic, biodegradable sun protection. Then dive into the music and chaos.
Before you go to bed (1 am, 7 am?), wipe your face off with Acure Organics Unscented Argan Oil Towelettes, which remove makeup, dirt, sweat, and environmental toxins (like those oblivious babes smoking cigarettes next to you on the dance floor) in one swipe. Then moisturise with Acure Organics Oil Control Moisturizer, which will help ward off a shiny, oily face for the rest of the weekend.
Rub Cocovit coconut oil all over your body before crawling into your sleeping bag. It contains potent enzymes and nutrients to heal and nourish skin and hair, plus it’s antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial – perfect for dealing with strangers’ sweat that you picked up in the scrum in front of the stage.
Saturday dawns clear and sunny, and the temperature quickly climbs. You’ve got a full day ahead, so add Moon Juice Action Dust to your morning tea or coffee for a boost to your stamina and athletic performance (in this case, dancing counts as athleticism). A delicate yet potent blend of wildcrafted adaptogenic herbs such as Astragalus, Ginseng, and Rhodiola aid your body by regulating vital energy, surging healthy metabolic function, and amplifying your body’s ability to withstand stress.
Dump some Rahua Voluminous Dry Shampoo in your hair to perk it up, and rub Meow Meow Tweet deodorant stick on your pits for a lightly scented but effective deodorant. Splash some water on your face, and follow it with Marie Veronique Protective Day Oil, which filters UVAs and reduces inflammation. Thus fortified, spritz Suntegrity Face Sunscreen and and Primer SPF 50 on your face, which functions as a face moisturizer, sunscreen, and makeup primer all in one. Then apply Suntegrity’s sample size tinted moisturizer 5-in-1 BB cream, which has SPF 30 broad spectrum sun protection, evens skin tone, and moisturizes. Use W3LL People Narcissist foundation concealer stick for any blemishes and under eye circles. Apply Organic Pharmacy glam mascara for luxe lashes.
Rub French Girl Organics Organic Lumiere Bronzing Body Oil everywhere skin is showing under your maillot and jean short shorts for a subtle, shimmering glow. Sweep some RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer across your cheeks and face. Rest easy knowing the creamy color will not only moisturize, it won’t break or make a mess in your makeup bag like powders do. Set your makeup with Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30 by COOLA Suncare. Finish your look with a swipe of Suntegrity Lip C.P.R. Natural SPF 30 Lipstick for bright color, visibly reduced fine lines, and zinc oxide for Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protection. Pack MyChelle Sun Shield Clear Stick SPF 50 in your hip pack for easy application – especially to your nose – every other hour, and go exploring!
Pop back to your tent after a day of dancing and use EiR Sunblock Remover to get the last of your sunscreen off. Refresh yourself with Yuni’s Travel Bag. It has a no-rinse body cleansing foam, an aromatic body mist, hydrating body conditioner, and rejuvenating hand cream, plus a concentrated body cleansing creme, find yourself with access to a shower. Gently rub EiR After-Sun Oil onto any burned skin, spritz yourself with Zoe Organics insect repellent to protect against mosquitoes, then head back out, confident you smell as fresh as if you just stepped out of the shower.
You drag yourself out of bed after a long and amazing night sipping on beers and making new friends around the campfire. Roll on some headache remedy from Province Apothecary After Party Kit. (Perhaps you used the sex oil last night? Woohoo!) Your cell phone camera reveals your baggy eyes, so take ten minutes to put a travel sheet of Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Instant Eye Lift Algae Mask on your undereye circles, and use Illuminating Bio Brightener Stick by W3LL PEOPLE on your cheekbones, under your eyebrows, and on the inside corner of your eyes to make you look well rested. It’s cloudy out, so today you go a little lighter on the sun protection. After applying your makeup, go crazy with some deep purple Axiology lipstick and head out for your final day of magic.