In our minds, festival season is the unofficial fifth season of the calendar year. Massive outdoor events can be epically fun, filled with historical musical performances and trend-setting styles. They can also be rough, fraught with exhausting days in the sun, dirty fields, and lots of sweat. With this in mind, we pulled together a slew of products to try out over the course of three long, 90-degree festival days. Below, those that passed the test and kept us feeling fresh and looking great.
Music festivals often involve spending long days among large groups of sweaty concert-goers, and that means calling in the big guns, or in this case, Dermadoctor Med e Tate antiperspirant wipes ($48, sephora.com). These individually-wrapped cloths are as convenient as they are powerful. A quick swipe on areas prone to perspiration delivered an insanely dry (but not dried-out) feeling that lasted at least three hours in heavy-sweat conditions. Stow a few in your cross-body and stay dry into the night.
Setting Spray with SPF
One of the cardinal rules of sunscreen is that reapplication is necessary to stay sheilded from skin-damaging UV rays. So, even if you’re already practicing sun safety with a face full of SPF-infused makeup, that protection goes null after a few hours. Enter Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist ($28, supergoop.com). The refreshing spray doubles as an SPF 50 sunscreen and a mattefying makeup setting spray, so a few spritzes on my face every couple hours kept me pretty and protected all day.
Powder Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is a beauty blessing as far as I’m concerned, but most music festival venues won’t allow even travel sizes of the aerosol containers my typical brands employ. So finding a quality powder alternative was key. Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo ($14, lushusa.com) not only kept my hair grease-free and volumized, the grapefruit and lime oils wafted a refreshing hint of fragrance in what was a sweaty and smoky setting.
Full face makeup and smoky eyes look out of place in the natural environment of a festival. So I abandoned any heavy application in favor of a bright pop of color on my lips. I was happy to discover that my longtime favorite, Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Yu ($26, narscosmetics.com), not only provided the brightness I desired, but also the hydration and staying power I needed.