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As festival season comes our way and crochet bags, flower crowns, and high waisted shorts fly off local store shelves, it’s time to consider a practical guide to a long lasting face that won’t let you down. Follow this foolproof guide to easy, durable music festival makeup that also works well for hot travel days, too!


Easy, Long Lasting Music Festival Makeup

Written by Kate Langille


With social media pictures sharing our face at a moments notice, I find myself wanting to look fresh on the festival grounds especially since the weather can transform from sunny skies to downpour and mud in a matter of minutes.

Low maintenance is the name of the game when it comes to music festival makeup – there are no mirrors in the porta potty for touch ups.



The major theme to follow is minimalism with thin, built up layers in order to ensure no smearing or transfer in the heat of summer.

Whether you’re the girl who waits hours in the crowds for their favorite band in the blazing sun, or likes to lay back in the shade on a blanket, these three routines will work for almost anyone regardless of your festival style.


Here’s a guide to easy, durable music festival makeup that also works well for hot travel days, too!


Fresh Sugar Lip | Covergirl Lashblast


Look 1: Music Festival Makeup Essentials


Apply a face friendly sunscreen in SPF 30, curl your eyelashes and apply some water resistant mascara liberally to your lashes for lots of definition with only a little effort. Apply concealer under your eyes for dark circles or on any blemishes and redness, like around the nose and mouth.

I’d finish this music festival makeup look with a clear eyebrow gel to keep the hairs in place all day. Don’t forget a SPF lip balm, I’d choose something with a little color in it like Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose, which feel great on the lips while also protecting them from the sun.


Covergirl Lashblast 24 Hour Mascara is one of those products that actually lives up to it’s name. Warning: this requires waterproof eye makeup remover or else you’re going to have a bad time.



Barely Branded | Tough as Taupe | Eye Pencil | Shadow Liner


Look 2: It’s All in the Eyes


The next music festival makeup look builds on the steps from look #1. Add a tinted moisturizer or powder foundation to even out your skintone, any will do but try for something with SPF to add to your sun protection. Next grab a long wearing cream shadow in a pot or shadow stick and use your fingers to blend all over the lid.

I love Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in Barely Branded, then using a blending brush I put a bit of Tough as Taupe in the crease for definition. I like to keep things neutral but swapping out with your favorite bright or metallic colours is highly encouraged.

Take a waterproof Kajal eyeliner pencil,or double duty your cream shadow as a liner, and rim the lashline then smudge with a small brush, no need to be too precise! Rimmel Scandaleyes are great and inexpensive long wearing pencils that don’t smear, run, and for contact lens wearers does not sting your eyes. Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil comes in your everyday shades but also has many different finishes.

Eyeliner is a great way to have fun with your music festival makeup without it being cumbersome to apply. Focus here on blending out your eye products well in order to avoid becoming too overdone.


Water doesn’t stand a chance against the shadow sticks of today. Too Faced Bulletproof 24 Hour Shadow Liner comes in cool colors stays even after submersed in warm water, tried and tested by yours truly.





Tints | Sun Beam | Skin Perfector | Bronzer | All NIghter | L’oreal Spray | NYX Spray


Look 3: Ready for Anything


If you’re into a fuller music festival makeup look, you can choose to add a long wearing blush or cheek stain. I am a massive fan of Benefit tints and love use it to tint my lips as well.

To further take your look up a notch and add a luminous summer glow, I’d pat on a cream highlight on the top of the cheekbones like Benefit’s Sun Beam or Becca Shimmering Skin perfector in Opal. I use both highlight and bronzer but many prefer an all over sun kissed veil instead. I suggest Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof bronzer with a big fluffy brush with the product focused on the perimeter of the face.

Ensure to build the intensity of the products in light layers instead of putting a tonne on all at once. Set your face with a powder (if you’re oily normally) then finish up with a setting spray like Urban Decay’s All NIghter. L’oreal Infallible setting spray and NYX setting spray are more inexpensive drugstore options which work to keep everything in place


Prep Spray | Bi Facial


Touch Ups and Removal


It might be inevitable that you decide to get all Woodstock 69’ and dive face first into a mud slick, or maybe you were front and center of your favorite band and got blasted with the water cannons. In that case, I would suggest repeating any of the above steps or enjoy the freedom that comes with having your hair and music festival makeup ruined.

For everyone else, you don’t necessarily have to apply any additional products. The beauty of stains and setting sprays is that simply dabbing, not rubbing, a clean kabuki brush over and shiny spots of your face can bring you back to looking like you did earlier in the day. A spritz of the setting spray or refresher like Urban Decay’s B6 vitamin infused prep spray, a little touch up of concealer and you’ll look ready to take on the after party.

Finally, when your feet are throbbing and you are ready to crash, be sure to take off waterproof makeup no matter how tired you are, you don’t want to cause undue irritation especially on the eyes. Use an eye makeup remover that is meant for waterproof makeup such as my Holy Grail, Lancome Bi Facial.

In a pinch, you can use petroleum jelly and even baby oil to remove your music festival makeup particularly stubborn mascara and liner. Use a cotton pad, hold in place for a few seconds, then gently rub in a circular motion. Never scrub or tug at the lashes, we want to keep them intact for future use.



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Even a makeup addict like myself can deal with using only a few music festival makeup products!

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Author Bio: Kate is a small town girl looking to explore the world on a budget with a carry on bag in hand, all while looking smugly proud of her packing skills. Traveling internationally since 2008, Kate has stayed in dive hostels to high end hotels with every mode of travel getting her there. Kate has a passion for makeup, skin care, hair care and is obsessed with finding the best way to take her beauty routine in the road with her.