Music festival season is upon us. The cruel irony of getting ready for a festival is that, while the party-like environment calls for a playful approach to makeup, the hot, hot weather means you are better off with a pared-down look. Otherwise, you may risk finding that your glitter eyeliner has migrated down to your chin. Here are three suggestions on how to make the best of both worlds.
Know your environment
A day in the unforgiving Tennessee sun at Bonnaroo is different than the city environment of Osheaga. (The latter allows you to go home and wash your face with soap and water at the end of the day.) Brightly-hued eyeliners, like NYX Professional Makeup Vivid Brights (TM/MC) Liners , are a multi-purpose, must-have for either situation. Keep it simple and swap out your usual black eyeliner and mascara routine for a bolder colour (we’re partial to the shade Vivid Sapphire), or use the liners to draw designs on your face or body—the precision tip makes it easy.
NYX Professional Makeup Vivid Brights (TM/MC) Liners | Price: $10, each
Traditional means of getting glittery at a festival include tacking on jewels (that always seem to fall off before the end of the first performance) or working with messy loose glitter. Instead, try easy-to-use powder formulas. Dust NYX Professional Makeup Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder on the highest points of the face (cheekbones, bridge of nose, etc.) for an incandescent glow that will last from sun-up to sun-down…and sun-up again.
NYX Professional Makeup Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder | Price: $13
For a more dramatic look, the six metallic shades in NYX Professional Makeup Cosmic Metals Shadow Palette can be used as eyeshadow or highlighter and pressed onto lips under a lip balm as a multi-dimensional topper. Tip: Use one shade for the entire face for a cool monochromatic look.
NYX Professional Makeup Cosmic Metals Shadow Palette | Price: $10
When it doubt, go for a lip
If all you can manage to apply in a cramped tent is sunscreen and a swipe of lipstick, you’re still good to go. A medium-coverage lip gloss, like NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss, can easily be applied (and re-applied) sans mirror.
NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss | Price: $8
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