The summer music festival season is what hippie-chick dreams are made of: those golden months when every band you love is out on the road and coming together in epic gatherings of sonic goodness. Among our favorites are Lollapalooza, Rock the Bells, Austin City Limits, Coachella, and Bonnaroo. We’ve learned through the years about what it takes to go “glamping,” so behold our tried-and-true beauty dos and don’ts.
Do slather on the sunscreen. Music fests mean lots of sunshine and sun exposure and usually very little shade. Apply sunscreen before leaving the house, but don’t forget to reapply throughout the day. Consider a long-lasting, sheer cream sunblock like Neutrogena UltraSheer Broad Spectrum
Don’t dress to be cute—dress to have fun! We’ve seen so many flip-flops that have ended up buried in the mud after a music fest. There are also too many terrible tan lines to count and girls tipping through uneven festival grounds in heels of varying heights. Don’t do it, ladies. Those heels will stick in the dirt like a fabulous golf tee. Music festivals rarely take place in evenly paved arenas, so take that into consideration while planning what to wear. Comfortable sneakers or boots, breathable fabrics, shorts, and comfortable dresses are all great options. Tight, restrictive clothing, heels, flip-flops, and jumpsuits or rompers are generally a no-no. When in doubt, ask yourself: How difficult would it be to use a porta-potty in this outfit?
Do try to avoid chafing and blisters. For some, thigh-gap is a real thing, but for so many others, it is as mythical as a unicorn. If you’re anything like us, then chafing is a likely condition you’ll encounter while walking across enormous fields at high speeds to catch your favorite band’s set. Other than wearing clothing that could help to avoid these issues, your best recourse is to use something like Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel or Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Gel.
Do stay hydrated. Water is essential for all-day excursions of any kind, but even more so in dense crowds, blazing heat, and searing sunshine. Consider bringing a collapsible water bottle in your backpack, or rocking a CamelBak as many others do.
Do use waterproof makeup. There is no better time to use all your long-lasting, waterproof cosmetics items. Music fests and the great outdoors means that you’ll sweat and potentially get rained on. We recommend face primer, eye primer, waterproof eye makeup, lip liner, and a teeny touch-up kit to make the look last despite the elements.
Don’t be underprepared. The worst thing is to be stuck in the middle of an ocean of people and to then need an item you planned to bring with you but forgot. So if you’re considering bringing a little pouch filled with Band-Aids, Neosporin, Bactine, and Tums, go for it. That way, the worst thing that could happen is you don’t need to use it all.
Do stay safe! Bring a backup phone charger or a tiny flashlight. In crowd situations, it’s always best to stick with your group and don’t overindulge in alcohol. Sun plus drinks can result in one very dehydrated and disoriented concertgoer. Take care of yourself and one another…oh, and have some FUN!