Every year people from all over the world migrate to Palm Springs, California, for one of the world’s most popular music festivals, Coachella.
Whether you’ve been before, you want to go or you’re just happy cruising the festival circuit in Australia, there’s no denying we’ve all been eyeing off this year’s hottest trends at ‘Chella Weekend One. Who’s wearing what? Are face jewels still a thing? Whatever you’re looking for, it’s always great to get some inspo for upcoming festivals back home like Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival. Especially when it comes to makeup.
Makeup at any festival is tricky. Have you cleansed your skin properly? Do you have a mirror? Have you forgotten anything? How much is too much? How can I make it last all day? But it’s also the perfect opportunity to really explore with colour and glitter as well as splashing out with a bold statement. And above all, it’s a time to get creative and have fun. Put away your neutral colour palette, just on this occasion.
The first and most obvious tip:
Book in with a makeup artist (if possible). This is going to save you loads of time, years of glitter stuck in your carpet and it ensures your makeup is flawless all-night long so you can focus on having the time of your life.
If that’s not an option, I’ve got some handy pointers on how to create an awesome look, make it last all day/night and the best way to remove it.
Choosing your festival makeup style
Of course, there are so many looks to choose from which can be super. I suggest first find 1-2 inspo images and let that guide you (or your makeup artist) in terms of colours, glitter and jewel placement, style etc. Personally, I love focusing on the eyes for festival makeup. Winged eyeliner is always a winner if you’ve mastered the skill or you have a makeup artist on hand. I think it looks really effective and blends in brilliantly when using glitter on the face.
Keep a more of a natural lip if you’re going to go all out on the eyes. You don’t really want to worry about fixing smudges or lipstick on the teeth mid-gig.
How to make your festival makeup last the distance
The key to ensure your makeup lasts is to spend time preparing your face with moisturiser, primer, long-wearing foundation and a finishing spray. You want to know your makeup is set in place through all the dancing.
My favourite primer and foundations to use especially for festivals are:
1. Hourglass Veil Primer
2. M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid foundation
3. Stila Stay All Day foundation
These products are all designed for long-wearing and will provide the full coverage you want. A flawless base is also going to make things like glitter glide on like a dream!
First things first, apply a light layer of foundation all over before applying your eye makeup and glitter/jewels to the face. Adding false lashes on top will pull your entire look together but I’d say opt for a natural looking lash (and make sure there’s enough glue on the outer and inner corners).
After completing your eye makeup, if you have any fall out (excess product) under the eye, clean it up with a makeup wipe before applying the second layer of your foundation.
Add more concealer than normal to the centre of your face, as this is generally the first place you will notice your makeup come off. Then finish off with your favourite bronzer and touch of blush!
Lightly dust a translucent powder over the whole face to lock everything in place and for good measure, add a couple pumps of your fave makeup setting spray.
Ensure you wear a primer - this is a must to ensure your makeup lasts
Use a long-wearing foundation
Set makeup with powder
Apply glitter when your base is done
Ensure glitter is cosmetic glitter
Use glitter glue
When applying glitter mix different colours, shapes and sizes (this is super effective)
Set your makeup with a finishing spray
Above all experiment let your imagination work the brushes as well, you never know what magic will happen.
Drop glitter on the carpet… or anywhere for that matter – trust me on this one!
Put glue on your brush (unless you don’t care about throwing it away)
Don’t be too hard on yourself if the look doesn’t turn out as expected
How to apply glitter
There is no right or wrong way, it really just depends on how much glitter you are putting on in a desired area. A popular area to apply glitter is where you would use highlighter (on the highpoints of your cheekbone). Using a triangle makeup sponge, apply a 1-2 drops of colourless eyelash glue followed by placing the glitter on top of the glue. If you are wanting to apply glitter under your eyes, I would recommend using the back of your eyeshadow brush.
What to bring with you to the festival
· Eyelash glue (for lash touch ups)
Translucent powder to remove shine
Your fun-loving self
How to take it all off
Now the fun part is over. This is the part I dread. The best way to take off the glitter is with an oily based remover, I like to use the Cleanse Off Oil from M.A.C. This is super easy and pain-free. The only pain is how long it takes. Don’t let this deter you from using glitter though! I would recommend taking off your eye makeup first especially if you are using glitter underneath. Use a cotton tip to remove glitter and cotton pad to remove the remainder of the product.
I hope this blog encourages you to get out of your comfort zone and to have a great deal of fun.
If you are lucky to be enjoying yourself at Coachcella Weekend Two, I am thinking of you all. Can’t wait to see the amazing looks you create. Tag #cmcmakeup in your pics for a chance to be featured on my social pages.