Headed to Coachella? Don’t Forget About Your Skin

Now that you’ve got a pretty good idea about what to wear to Coachella, make sure your beauty regimen doesn’t fall by the wayside. I had a chance to chat with my friend Lauren McKnight, the founder of L.Noelle Inc., a Silver Spring, Md.-based freelance make-up artistry service, about the top five beauty products you should bring to help beat the heat — and protect your skin — while rocking out at your fave summer music festival:

Garnier BB Cream, $11.99, target.com
Garnier BB Cream, $11.99, target.com

1. BB Cream or Tinted Moisturizer

Which one you should choose depends on your skin type. BB stands for beauty balm and those are better for oily or combination skin, McKnight says. She recommends Garnier — “it’s really nice and sheer.” If your skin is normal to dry, go with a tinted moisturizer. In my last post, I mentioned that I use Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer. McKnight likes this one by Nars.

Note: Many of these products include SPF. Maybe it’s the freckles sprinkled across my cheeks, but I’m sort of a freak about the stuff. If you want a higher level of coverage, I recommend Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer, which is part of my daily routine and boasts an SPF level of 40. McKnight says Skinceuticals Ultimate UV Defense (SPF 30) is great for someone looking for a “light, even look.”

2. Setting Spray

Once your makeup is in place, you’ll want to keep it there. McKnight swears by Makeup Forever’s Mist & Fix, which will work with various levels of coverage. McKnight uses it on all of her summer brides and promises “your makeup will not budge.” Urban Decay makes several setting sprays such as their Chill Make-Up Setting Spray, which offers a chilling and hydrating effect, perfect for a multi-day festival in the heat.

Tarte Cheek Stain, $30, tarte.com
Tarte Cheek Stain, $30, tarte.com

3. Cream Blush

If you’re looking for a pop of color on your cheeks, McKnight says cream textures are the way to go. “It kind of gives off a nice luminous look and they’re easy.” If you’re worried about breaking out, look for a gel-based product. Tarte’s cheek stains have a cult following and McKnight says they’re “great for everyone.”

4. Tubing Mascara

McKnight reaches for tubing mascaras during the summer because they’re easy to rinse off with water, but won’t be disturbed by some sweat or tears (I once burst out crying at a Mariah Carey concert). This Elle primer explains the technology behind it. McKnight says Trish McEvoy’s High Volume Mascara is a good option. She’s also a fan of Bobbi Brown’s Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara.

5. Tinted Lip Balm

For lips, McKnight recommends no-fuss balm. She likes Korres Lip Butter and Tarte’s crayon shaped Lip Tints.

Music festival beauty? No sweat. And if you aren’t heading to any festivals this summer, you can still use these tips to get through all those outdoor summer weddings.

Stay beautiful,

Bethonie,  S&P Beauty Contributor


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