Sponsored by SEPHORA
By Shyema Azam
Braving the crowds to see your favorite bands is always worth it, but being on your feet for hours means you need to edit your makeup bag. Any festival season veteran will tell you that packing wisely means paring down your beauty routine — but that can be tricky. Which neon hair accent are we feeling? Do we pack shower minis or just dry shampoo?
We’ve partnered with Sephora to share the best products that do double (and even triple) duty to help streamline your routine. Whether you’re planning on show hopping or hitting the party circuit, these do-it-all products will have you ready for anything. You may even be left with some room to pack those extra pairs of (necessary) shoes.
You might be dancing the night away, but don’t let sweat and sun exposure mat down your hair. Amika’s Perk Up Dry Shampoo works two ways by sopping up excess oil and giving your hair a boost of volume. Your hair will look (and smell) fresh through every set, without the dusty residue.
Festival season is the perfect excuse to be unapologetically glittery. The question is not if there will be glitter but how much glitter. But one thing’s for sure: Even if it’s unchartered territory for you, you’ll love how easy IGK’s House Party Hair + Body Glitter Stick is to use. It’s a super portable solid glitter stick made with thick, chunky glitter that makes applying a no-brainer. Swipe the pink or silver shade on your hair, cheekbones, and/or collarbone without worrying about fallout.
It cannot be said enough: Do not forget your sunscreen. Look for protection that goes beyond SPF, like Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40. The invisible formula shields your skin from harmful rays (which fights premature signs of aging!), and nourishes it with antioxidants. It also doubles as a great smoothing primer. The formula is completely weightless and grabs onto makeup to keep it in place. It even protects skin against the blue light emanating from our phone screens.
If you’re a little more strategic with the way you strobe, consider Bumble and bumble's Bb. Shimmer Strobing Jelly for Hair, Body, and Face. The light-reflecting jelly comes in two shades (pink and gold) and adds shimmer that will take you to disco-ball heights. It does triple-duty, using shiny mica that can be applied to hair, face, or body to give you an all-over glow in seconds.
A dry shimmer body oil with SPF like Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Sol Oil SPF 30 will protect your skin while making you look like a glowing goddess. It’s made with illuminating skin smoothers, so it’s essentially a body sunscreen and highlighter in one. Plus, the dreamy formula contains ingredients like coconut oil to keep your skin moisturized, and the scent will have you transported to a tropical island.
Experimenting with bold color trends can definitely amp up your festival look, but you’re probably not ready to fully commit. Lucky for you, Good Dye Young's Poser Paste Temporary Hair Makeup is as easy as changing out your lipstick. Check out their eight head-turning electric hues (think neon pink or edgy teal) that stay put until your next shampoo. Whether you’re going for all-over color or just the ends for an ombré effect, apply it for the shows and then wash it out in time to be back at your desk.