Sweat-Proof Beauty Tips Pros Swear By

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Music festivals require a different kind of beauty regime — one that combines a little whimsy with a lot of muscle. Formulas have to hold their own in tough situations, including mud, dirt, portable loos, the occasional dust storm (looking at you, Coachella) and slanting rain (ahem, Glastonbury).

To help you emerge from one of these long weekends looking fresh and feeling awesome (not sweaty and waterlogged), we polled some of the biggest festivalgoers around, and asked how they keep it together. Here's how to rough it like a pro.

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Amber Le Bon, Model
When your father is Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, and your mother is a former supermodel, looking awesome while on the music scene is basically in your genes. That's why we're taking our cues from Redken spokesmodel Amber Le Bon, who always manages to look pulled together by keeping her essentials close at hand. Le Bon is a fan of Glastonbury. “I love the music aspect, of course, but what’s great is that it also offers other arts like theatre and dance, and of course, you can always find great food!” She’s looking forward to dancing up a storm to one of her favorite bands, electro-pop trio Years & Years.
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Hair Game
To keep her hair “bouncy and voluminous” through the long days, Le Bon does a pre-game once-over with Redken Quick Tease 15, and stashes a mini Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two-Day Extender in her bag to perk things up. Her updo of choice is the never-fail plait. “You also can’t go wrong with a braid at a festival,” says Le Bon. “I love to do a loose, thick braid.”

Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two-Day Extender Travel-Size, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Walking the line between polished and imperceptible, Le Bon sticks with neutral shades that don’t scream, “I’m wearing makeup!” On her mouth, she simply uses a “great beige-y nude lipstick or lip pencil, like Burberry Lip Definer.” She pairs that with brown mascara and liquid liner. And she never leaves home without MAC Lip Conditioner. “My lips get terribly dry, and this is amazing for making them soft again.”

MAC Lip Conditioner, $16, available at MAC.
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Kat Graham, Actress
When Vampire Diaries actress Kat Graham hits the road for her favorite festival Coachella, she doesn’t like to be weighed down by excess baggage. That's why she keeps everything streamlined with dual-purpose products and a simplified routine. Her top priorities while hanging in the desert are to smell good and hydrate like crazy. “Drinking lots of water and staying hydrated is my number-one secret to good skin,” she says.
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Essence Of Beauty
Graham is no stranger to situations that stress out her skin. Thanks to 15-hour days on set and long-haul flights, she's developed a surefire strategy for keeping her makeup intact. “I always carry a setting spray,” she says. Her go-to Wet n Wild Picture Perfect Setting Spray contains a refreshing shot of aloe. “A spritz midday cools down my skin and keeps makeup from melting, which we’ve all experienced at music festivals.”

Wet n Wild Picture Perfect Setting Spray, $4.99, available at CVS.
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To prevent her strands from going limp, Graham starts out with “very curly hair; once it falls, it has a beachy, hippie vibe.” Or, she plaits her hair into a “cool, thick braid, so that if it gets messy, it still looks good.” To keep frizz at bay, she smooths an argan oil-based hair serum (try Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum) through the lengths.

Josie Maran
Argan Oil Hair Serum, $30, available at Josie Maran.
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Smart Scenting
To lighten up her suitcase, Caress spokesperson Graham forgoes perfume in favor of a scented body wash. She lathers up with Caress Forever Collection in the morning for a fragrance that lasts all day. “You can literally re-activate the fragrance by just touching your skin,” she says. Her favorite is Mystique Forever, which has notes of iris and amber. “It's perfect for today’s modern flower child!”

Caress Mystique Forever Body Wash, $3.99, available at Target.
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Chelsea Leyland, DJ
Fashion’s favorite DJ Chelsea Leyland encourages beautiful people to dance up a sweat for a living. So, she knows a thing or two about looking gorgeous when things heat up. The Brit expat is also passionate about festivals, and partial to her mother country’s world-famous, perpetually muddy Glastonbury. “You really feel that energy when you are there,” she says. “There is a strong sense of authenticity.” While there, she loves supporting indie-musician friends, like singer Jack Peñate. “Nothing beats getting to dance your ass off whilst feeling like a proud mama,” she says. That said, she doesn’t miss an opportunity to catch icons in action. She once watched the Rolling Stones perform from backstage. “That was, without a doubt, one of my most surreal festival experiences.”
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All Aglow
With the muddy grounds of Glastonbury, Leyland says, “it’s not about looking cute, but staying warm, dry, and keeping the mud out whilst letting loose and just enjoying the music.” Her beauty routine is low-key, and skin-centric. She sticks to natural rosewater spray to “refresh and keep hydrated.” Her other standbys are Linné Face Oil and 37 Actives Extreme Cream, layered on top.

Linné Botanicals Balance Face Oil, $58, available at Linné Botanicals.
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Maximize Moisture
Leyland’s hair is “naturally curly and mad.” To help tame her free-spirited strands, she blends her own organic oils (you can try Intelligent Nutrients 7 Focus Body and Hair Elixir), and runs them through her mane. Once that's done, she repurposes the mix as a body oil.

Intelligent Nutrients 7 Focus Body and Hair Elixir, $54, available at Intelligent Nutrients.
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Halsey, Singer
As someone who’s used to sweating it out onstage, Halsey knows what works beauty-wise for festival situations, and what absolutely won’t fly. To stand out, without going overboard, she sticks to “something crazy, one key makeup look.” You might catch the singer rocking “face jewels, glitter, or even a graphic liner” when she makes the rounds at Coachella (“I’m all the way at the top of the flyer; I didn’t think for one second I would be up there.”), Lollapalooza (“They have the best lineup of any festival this year.”), and V Festival, where she’ll be headlining with Rihanna and Justin Bieber.
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One & Done
Halsey realizes that festivals are a time to be bold with your look. Since she's someone who proclaims, “I fucking love makeup,” and tends to do “a crazy, bold lip color,” it’s not terribly shocking to learn that her collaboration with MAC should manifest as a murky gray lipstick that’s eerily beautiful. “I wanted to do something wearable, but different, so I mixed the shade myself,” says Halsey. “Rihanna just did a metallic green that I thought was really cool.” As someone who tends not to wear a lot of makeup while performing (“Otherwise, I walk off stage looking like Jared Leto as the Joker”), she just slicks on this stormy shade and calls it a day.

MAC x Halsey Lipstick, $17, available at MAC.
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The Freshmaker
Halsey is never without her beloved Evian water spray. “I fly with it, perform with it, and bring it everywhere,” she says. “It makes me feel so much better. It makes makeup last longer, too.”

Evian Facial Spray Travel Size, $7.50, available at Drugstore.com.
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Dew It
One of Halsey’s pragmatic bits of wisdom that’s applicable to festivals, and life, is "always be prepared." "One of the things that I’ve learned recently from hooking up with someone, or even being on tour, is that you always need to bring two things with you in case you might not have your makeup with you the next day: something to do your eyebrows and bronzer (try MAC Bronzing Powder and Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set)," she says. She explains that even if you go sans foundation, “adding a little bit of contour to your cheeks will make you look so much better and more awake.”

MAC Bronzing Powder, $26, available at MAC.
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Atlanta De Cadenet Taylor, Model & DJ
Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor has quite the musical pedigree. Between being the daughter of Duran Duran’s bassist John Taylor and stepdaughter to the Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, you could say that concertgoing is practically a familial obligation for her. Like Thanksgiving, but so much cooler. Her beauty-routine meat and potatoes? “Keep it light and natural,” she says. “Since you’re running around and can be out for hours, I typically stay away from any heavy makeup!” Which is a philosophy she’ll be sticking to when she attends Governors Ball in June to see her favorite acts: Kanye and, of course, the Strokes.
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Not one to overpack, de Cadenet Taylor favors multitasking products, such as the lightweight Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (“It has sunscreen, which is an absolute necessity”), Benefit Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain (“super-easy to put on”), Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate, which she uses as a subtle bronzer, and glowy eyeshadow. "It gives a little oomph, but nothing crazy."

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen, $40, available at Laura Mercier.
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Natural Woman
To match her understated festival ethos, de Cadenet Taylor pairs her bronzed lids with curled lashes (no mascara) during the day, and bumps it up with YSL Baby Doll Mascara at night. "It looks natural, but it’s still something at the same time.” To finish off her barely-there makeup look, she brushes Glossier Boy Brow through her arches. And because “lip balm is an absolute necessity,” she slathers Rosebud Salve on her lips, “religiously.”

Smith's Rosebud Salve, $6, available at Sephora.
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Charli XCX, Singer
Garnering firsthand festival experience from performing at Leeds, Bonnaroo, and Glastonbury (among others), Charli XCX knows how to keep it together on stage, and off. This means high-impact, low-maintenance looks like bright lipstick and winged liner, along with onsite must-haves: sunglasses and cleansing wipes. And while she’s taking this year off from working the festival circuit, she’s looking forward to swinging by the “classically British” Glastonbury, and at some point seeing Rihanna, who will be headlining the U.K.’s V Festival and Sziget in Budapest.
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Look Sharp
Charli isn’t about to let her beauty guard down just because of a little (okay, a lot of) dirt and sweat. She still likes to go glam with “classic” winged eyeliner, which she can do in a “rock-'n'-roll or futuristic way.” To make sure it doesn’t turn into a runny mess, the Make Up For Ever spokesperson goes with the brand’s waterproof Aqua XL Eye Pencil in black. “It can outlast everything!” Or, she takes along a tube of red lipstick, “because it gives you a look without having to spend loads of time creating one.”

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in Black, $19, available at Sephora.
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Hair Apparent
After flower crowns, braids, and man buns, probably the most popular style with the festival crowd is tousled beach waves. And Charli, too, is a fan. To coax her natural curls into “that messy, sexy, rock-'n'-roll hair,” Charli applies a liberal blast of dry shampoo, or her favorite salt spray, OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray.

OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Radiant Baby
To keep her skin in tip-top shape, the singer spritzes on rosewater continuously. Because wearing heavy makeup in the heat is never a good idea, she perfects her complexion with Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation. “It’s so light that it’s like you're not wearing anything.” And she's not afraid of shine, either. “I actually don't mind a bit of a natural glow,” she says. “I think it's cute!”

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation, $43, available at Sephora.
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Hayley Williams, Paramore Lead Singer
Despite singer Hayley Williams’ penchant for vibrant, presumably high-maintenance hair color, she is extremely low-key in her festival philosophy, choosing to embrace the grungy side. “For me, it's punk over pretty, every time,” says Williams. “I have tried and tried to do fancy at festivals, but I have a lot more fun when I just embrace the sweat, the dirt, and the potential emo tears while watching good bands.” And though writing and demoing her fifth album means she’s going to miss most of the spring festivals, she’s hoping to make it to one of the fall ones, especially Riot Fest in Chicago. “I hope we get to play that one someday.”
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Bright Idea
While Williams doesn't adhere to any kind of beauty routine at festivals, she does have one non-negotiable rule: “As long as my hair looks bright and blinds people with color, I’m good to go with the rest.” Williams’ preferred method of transforming her locks into a Technicolor fever dream is her recently launched line of semipermanent hair dye, cheekily named Good Dye Young.
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A Fine Mess
Like Williams said, her beauty philosophy is not to worry about the inevitable grossness of festivals. “If your mascara runs, then wear it like a battle scar, and if you don't smell like roses, who cares?!” she says. "But speaking of roses, S.W. Basics of Brooklyn does make an amazing rosewater spray that I carry around on sweaty days.” She loves that it calms and refreshes her touchy skin when “it's being a jerk."

S.W. Basics Rosewater Spray, $16, available at S.W. Basics.
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Riawna Capri, Stylist & Co-Owner Of L.A.’s Nine Zero One Salon
Hairstylist Riawna Capri is a veteran of Coachella, and a total pro at nailing the look of the famous festival. That's why she’s taking her know-how on the road and parking her beauty bus (a prettier, less booze-soaked version of a party bus) in the Palm Springs desert, to offer fellow music fans fun, festival-ready styles. Think braid halos, hair-chalking, and flower crowns. This year, she's looking forward to seeing Zhu. “I like them because they have really good, chill beats.”
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Because you probably won’t be washing your hair for at least three days, Capri recommends a thorough cleansing the night before, knowing full well that it will just get filthier from there. “By Saturday, your hair will be semi-dirty, and then on Sunday, it will be fully dirty,” says Capri. “The grit, dirt, and sweat give you that perfectly fucked up, disheveled hippie vibe.” But if you want to soak up a little of the grime, she recommends taking along the travel-size Unite Texturiza Spray, which will reduce the ick factor while giving hair “lift and bounce.”

Unite Texturiza Spray, $12.50, available at Unite.
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Metal Moment
To make updos (a necessity in the heat) anything but ordinary, Capri recommends loads of Ban.Do rose-gold bobby pins. The pretty color adds an interesting element to even a simple bun. She likes pinning back a half-updo by forming a little triangle of pins in back, or crisscrossing a handful of them on one side.

Ban.Do Everyday Bobbis in Metallic Rose Gold, $12 for 26, available at Ban.Do.
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Sun Smart
Regular reapplication of SPF is absolutely necessary for days of seemingly endless UV exposure, but security has a tendency to treat giant bottles of aerosol sunscreen as contraband (in the garbage, they go). That's why Capri’s favorite Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45 powder is an excellent option. It allows her to stick to the recommended bi-hourly re-up without messing up her makeup, and even helps keep it in place (“It kills two birds with one stone”).

Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45, $30, available at Sephora.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lori Taylor.
Lori Taylor, Smashbox Global Pro Lead Makeup Artist
Music is close to Lori Taylor's heart. After all, her husband is a DJ. Her approach to makeup at music festivals is “less is more.” Her go-tos include long-wear formulas that can withstand days of dancing. While she’s been to Coachella three times, she’s dreaming of one day hitting the Wilderness music and art festival, set in a nature reserve in the U.K. countryside. Until then, she’s looking forward to catching Ice Cube (“for that Straight Outta Compton moment”), Guns N’ Roses ("the ultimate rock group"), and any special surprise guests.
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Prime Time
Because "there’s lots of hot, sweaty dancing happening," Taylor likes to double down on primer to keep shine at bay and makeup from melting off her face. She starts by prepping skin with Smashbox Primer Water, and then touches up throughout the day with Pore Minimizing Primer.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, $32, available at Smashbox.
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Lip Service
Taylor chooses long-wear, matte finishes for her lips because she has better things to do than worry about “dirt sticking” to gloss. If she happens to forget to pack the perfect matte lip color, she’ll use pencil “in a pinch,” because it stays put.

Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner, $20, available at Smashbox.
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Up Top
It goes without saying that your head is in direct line of fire from punishing UV rays. To prevent a painful, not to mention dangerous, scalp burn, Taylor smartly applies Thinkbaby SPF 50+ to her hair part before she puts her “'fro into braids or Afro-puffs.” And she makes sure to cover another vulnerable, oft neglected body part — the tops of her ears.

Thinkbaby SPF 50+ Sunscreen, $10.99, available at Drugstore.com.
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