Question: Makeup-wise, what should I wear to a concert?
Answer: Whether you’re attending an outdoor music festival, or a concert held inside of an amphitheater — deciding what you will wear and what makeup looks to try will be challenging. But once you book a date with your favorite band or musical artist (no matter the genre or location), you’ll have the perfect excuse to either channel your inner wild child or embrace the natural makeup look. Keep reading to discover how you can rock out all day and night this summer with a flawless face to match.
Music festivals are great for experimenting with new and exciting beauty trends, not to mention the no-makeup look. Since you’ll be spending the entire day in warmer temperatures with limited resources (hello, port-a-potties), you’ll want to achieve skin that radiates with a natural glow—not with sweat and oil. Bring along those basic beauty essentials that will stick with you through all the dancing and sunshine as well as combat the hot and humid weather. We’re talking facial wipes, sunscreen, SPF lip balm, blotting papers and waterproof makeup.
And while you don’t have to worry about humidity or the sun at an indoor concert, you should still make sure your makeup stays in place, protecting it from the heat of pyrotechnics and crowds of people surrounding you in the mosh pit area on the floor.
Open-air venues typically call for lightweight, long-lasting makeup that’s simple to recreate and easy to maintain. For an all day beauty look, start with clean skin that’s been exfoliated, toned and moisturized before you apply makeup. Create a glow without the grease by opting for a light moisturizing gel for dry spots such as Koh Gen Do All In One Moisture Gel. It’s important to protect your skin because you’ll be out in the sun all day. Make sure you have a tinted moisturizer in your arsenal, as well, which can double as foundation.
But if you must have foundation, layer with a lighter liquid formula for a sheer effect. Pack a long lasting concealer to hide those dark under-eye circles from all nighters. You’ll also want to use less mascara; waterproof is best. Not only is it smudge-proof, but it also guarantees natural-looking lashes.
Sometimes an effective, festival-ready look doesn’t need anything other than luminous skin and a bright pop of color. A liquid eyeliner such as Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner comes in 15 different shades and won’t budge until you’re ready to remove it. New spring pastel shades in “Periwinkle” and “Paradise Pink” are great for the adventurous. You can also inject color using MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils. They’re hydrating and come in a variety of electric colors. A cheek and lip stain is great also. Benefit Cosmetic’s Posietint has dual benefits: one swipe serves as a blush and lip color. Rest assured the flush of color will last for hours, but you can apply some tinted or clear lip gloss for added moisture. For a little glamour, let your imagination run wild with a colorful winged liner look. Keep the eyelids understated with a sweep of a soft, neutral eyeshadow.
Of course we attend concerts for the music and dancing, but you can still have fun mastering your beauty routine before the big show. Whether you camp out at Lollapalooza or see Fall Out Boy and Paramore on tour, these concert beauty tips will help you look fresh-faced from dusk to dawn, while grooving to your favorite lineups this summer.
Indoor or outdoor — what are your favorite concert makeup tips and beauty products? Share with us!