Music Festival Beauty Survival Guide

Alexandra Owens, Allure magazine

Don't worry if you missed SXSW, Coachella, or Bonnaroo-every weekend until September there's a different festival around the country, from the big tours like Lollapalooza, Lilith Fair, and Warped, to smaller, local shows like Electric Zoo, Camp Bisco, Summerfest, Pitchfork, and Northside Festival-you can find one near you by going to musicfestivaljunkies.com. The searing sun, muddy grounds, and humidity won't stop you from rocking out, but it can make you look a melty-faced, limp-haired, frizzy wreck (the kind even Instagram filters can't fix ). Here's how to survive and thrive!


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Slather on the sunscreen.
Dehydration, heat stroke, dizziness, yes, these are all horrible effects of being out in the sun, but none are as bad as the long term effects of UVA and UVB exposure (Wrinkles! Argh!). Hit your arms and legs, not forgetting the tops of your ears, your face, neck, chest, hands and tops of your feet-especially if you're wearing sandals. For your limbs, I love La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid for the face and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 55 for the body. For touch ups throughout the day, I keep a Supergoop SPF 30+ UVA/UVB Sunstick in my purse.

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Spray with dry shampoo.
Spritz into your hair before you leave the house and it will continue to soak up oiliness throughout the day. I recommend Sachajuan Volume Powder.

Get a deodorant that actually works.
Okay, there's no graceful way to put this-if you're dancing around for hours in the heat, there's a good chance you're going to sweat profusely. My unscientific experiments have found that my body temperature tends to be higher than the average human being's, and the only thing that works is Degree Motion Sense Invisible Solid. The more you move, the more fresh scent it releases. One quick application gets me through a workout at the gym, so it will definitely get hold up through a hopping Black Keys set.

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For God's sake, wear primer.
If there's any time to use a primer, this is it. I really like Nars Multi-Protect Primer SPF 30/ PA +++. Not only does it keep your face safe from the evil sun, but it stops your makeup from sliding all over the place-so no need to run to the port-a-potty to check on your foundation and blush (while holding your nose, not an easy feat).



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