A Festival For the Rest of Us!

Run a quick Google search on ‘Festival Tips’ and you’ll come back with a myriad of articles – both practical and impractical. However I noticed a vacuum in the makeup department besides the usual ‘metallic tattoo, intricate braids, florescent face paint’ advice. So based off last year (when I was actually keeping up with this blog…soz) when I attended the AH-mazing Firefly Festival in Dover, DE (yes, I was in Delaware) my two lovely friends recommended a Festival Beauty tip blog and a year later I be delivering.

Abandon hope all ye that enter here: there will be a lack of metallic tattoo recs, those weird eyebrow dot decorations, and an absence of flower crowns. Instead we’ll be going the uber exciting route of…PRACTICAL.

Boooo hissssss (but necessary).

Fair warning, I am not reinventing the wheel here. Just sharing some common sense tips with my usual knack for the weird.

Written while listening to The Official 2015 Firefly Lineup Spotify playlist


1. Have a plan, Stan:

How do you feel about showering? If you’re like me, you enjoy it. If you’re not like me, well then going to a festival is going to be easy for you.

Last year, showers were $5, over half a miles walk away and did not occur once in four days for me.

EWWWWWWW -everyone I’ve ever said that to.

BUT it’s not like that, I swear. The week of Firefly we went to Target, that mecca of all things that are holy. There we purchased what I have since thought of as the best purchase ever made: baby wipes and makeup remover.

Yup, we were tres French that weekend: each morning I would wake up in a haze of sweat and booze (it’s Delaware…in June…and you’re in a tent in an open field) and start my day with what amounts to a sponge bath. I’d also end the day in the same way, wiping down the sweat (and dirt, it was super dusty) of the day then doing the same each morning. Additionally, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to wash your hair using water bottles. Not ideal but it gets the job done.

The point of this slightly gross anecdote on how I showered-not-showered is that I planned on limited access to real showers. As long as you know what you’re in for, life isn’t so terrible.

Also, let me tell you about that Sunday night shower. It was the most magical thing I have ever, EVER experienced. Absence for sure makes the heart grow fonder.


2. How do you feel about your ears?

This is a weird title to a simple, known tip for being outdoors: always wear sunscreen.

As mentioned before I could be related to Casper the Friendly Ghost. My skin tone is what you’d call ‘translucent’ so I’ve got that going for me. Therefore, it goes without saying that each morning I lathered up with sunscreen. This should also be carried into said festival with you (we did…except our sunscreen bottle was actually a flask of Fireball, oops).

My one major point here is to not forget about the odd bits on your body that we all don’t think about when getting sunscreened up. For me, it was the tops of my ears. On the fourth day, we were wandering towards the main stage as we waited for City and Color when I touched the tops of my ears. Cue the following convo:


Me: [Ouch. That doesn’t feel right.] Hey friend, do my ears look weird?

Friend: Holy shit, they’re twice the normal size. Have you been putting sunscreen on them?

Me: Errr…yes?


That was when we realized I had not applied any sunscreen for FOUR DAYS to the tops of my ears and they had ballooned to epic proportions of purple and angry red. There was some concern I’d forever have swollen ears but luckily after a week or so shedding an entire layer of skin they went back to normal. Best to just sunscreen them and skip learning that painful lesson for yourself.


3. So you want to be a normal female human and look good while still sweating and drinking…

Now as mentioned above, I did not shower. However, that does not mean I looked like a troll. I mean I really was hoping some random musician would lock eyes with me and totally fall in love and bring me on tour with him (spoiler alert! that didn’t happen) so I made sure that each day I applied makeup and fixed my hair.

Keep in mind that if you are going the camping route your car becomes a fun combination of changing room, kitchen and fridge. All of the goodies were stored there and those handy little mirrors on the back of visors were integral in my morning routine. Since space is limited, I only brought a small bag of makeup supplies.

Here are the Must-Have-In-Your-Festival-Makeup-Bag:

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes

100% necessary.

This product (or similar remover products) are second only to baby wipes as your most needed festival item. Taking care of the dirt and grime of the previous day while leaving a clean slate for new dirt and grime. Also takes care of that pesky liner and mascara that may still linger no matter how much you scrub.

Available pretty much everywhere: Target, CVS, Walgreens, etc.

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream

BB Creams have been addressed before and while I typically LOVE dropping $30+ on products, this $9.00 option is legit and you don’t have to worry about it getting lost or ruined while in your hot car all day. Bonus of this particular option is that it also address that pesky adult acne that I was promised wasn’t a thing when I was 16 (“when you’re adult you won’t get pimples!” -people telling me a ludicrous and outrageous lie).

Super easy application (squirt and rub) with solid coverage while not weighing down your skin too much that it feels like your face is melting. Unfortunately, there is NOT SPF in this particular option so don’t forget to layer that on first.

Available pretty much everywhere: Target, CVS, Walgreens, etc.

Urban Decay’s Naked FLUSHED in Streak

My oh MY do I love this product. And it comes in handy when trying to travel light as you get blush, bronzer AND highlighter all in one. After the BB cream is applied, swipe some of that coral blush onto the apples of your cheeks then I typically blend the bronzer and highlighter into one shimmery fine powder application all over.

Available: Sephora for $32.00

Sephora Collection Waterproof Eyeliner

We’ve addressed gel liner before and while I OBSESS over many-a-gel, liquid liner was my OG bae. When applying makeup in a car, I advise quick and simple (mostly because the sorority betches next door to your campsite may be judging you). Liquid liner goes on smooth and easy and gives enough of a dramatic line that it can be worn without any shadow. Obviously you can throw some shadow on should you please it but I’m lazy.

Available: Sephora for $12.00

Dior Diorshow Black Out mascara

Because I’ll never miss an opportunity to plug the Godfather of all products: Diorshow mascara.

I’ve done an entire post on this before so I won’t make any more comments on it except to say if you’re traveling light this should be one of four necessary products in your makeup bag.

Chloe Eau de Parfum Rollerball

Just because you’re not showering doesn’t mean you can’t smell delicious. I recommend throwing a Rollerball perfume into your bag and applying each morning. One specific scent I love is Chloe’s Eau de Parfum. Florally but not overwhelming it’s a chic way to cover up the baby wipe shower scent.

Available: Sephora for $25.00

amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

If you’re not showering, your hair is going to look horrifying. It’s just the facts of life. I worked around this by putting my hair up in a bun (also helps with the heat since you don’t have long  hair not caring as you sweat).

This year I’ll be packing this little goody: it smells seriously so good (aiding once again in that not-smelly plan) and helps pep up your roots.

Available: Birchbox for $21.00


And that’s it. Seriously, seven products in your bag and you are good to go for a basic but not ugly look throughout a weekend of sun, tunes and chugging Fireball out of a sunscreen bottle.

Now enjoy a picture of me from last year at Firefly doing god knows what:


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