Festival Survival Guide: Must-Have Beauty Products For Partying In The Desert

Coachella Valley is ready. Are you??…

March 19 may have been the first day of spring, but one of the true markers of the season is festivals. Coachella and Stagecoach are officially within calendar reach! You may have been planning your outfits for months, but let’s not forget the all important beauty products. 

Partying in the desert is not for the weak, but luckily we have you covered with some must-have beauty products. When it comes to Coachella and Stagecoach, all stages of your beauty routine from skin prep, to makeup application, to makeup maintenance need to be considered. And considered it we have, keep scrolling to shop some top products for some of the most exciting weekends for the year.  

Vacation Classic Whip SPF 30


If you don’t put anything else on your body, let sunscreen be the one thing you do. Sunscreen is the most important part of a daytime skin care routine, especially in an environment where the UV index is high as heck. If you are on TikTok, you’ve most likely seen the viral Classic Whip sunscreen that actually looks like whipped cream from a can. Not only is the presentation fun and cute, but it is made of eco-friendly propellants, is vegan and cruelty free, dermatologist-tested, and works for all types of skin tones!

La Roche Posay Lipkar AP+M Triple Repair Body Moisturizer For Dry Skin


The desert heat easily wrecks havoc on the skin and can cause it to dry it out. Therefore, give your skin as much hydration as possible with a thick moisturizer. We recommend this La Roche Posay moisturizer because it provides up to 48 hrs of hydration. It can be used on the body and face, and has been dermatologist tested and approved for people of all types of sensitive skin. Its key ingredients include La Roche-Posay Prebiotic Thermal Water, Ceramide-3, Shea Butter, Glycerin, and Niacinamide.

Supergoop PLAY Antioxidant Body Mist SPF 50 with Vitamin C


Just like the face, the body also needs sunscreen. We recommend using a spray sunscreen for easy application throughout the festival grounds. Everyone knows Supergoop for their face sunscreen, but they also have a fantastic sunscreen spray for the body. This spray is both water and sweat resistant and includes vitamin C, nourishing the skin and giving it a natural glow. It is also cruelty-free, vegan, and does not include any harmful chemical propellants.

e.l.f cosmetics Power Grip Primer


Before applying makeup, you’ll want primer to ensure everything stays put against the elements. The Power Grip Primer is a no-brainer here, and it’s called America’s #1 primer for a reason because not only does it stick makeup to the skin and give a dewy finish, but it comes with all the best qualities of e.l.f. products including being cruelty and vegan free and a certified fair trade product.

Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Brightening Concealer


The number one rule to applying makeup for the desert is to keep it lightweight or otherwise the heat will be 10 times more miserable. Many festival gurus will advise to skip foundation all together and stick with a lightweight concealer for spot correction. Our recommendation is Rare Beauty’s Liquid Touch Brightening Concealer because not only does it leave a radiant finish but is known to be easily blendable, sweat resistant and long-lasting.

MONSUP 7 Colors Colorful Mascara


When it comes to eye makeup, one of the easiest ways to spice up your makeup look is colorful mascara. Instead of opting for the traditional black mascara, colorful mascara can make your eyes pop and create a fun makeup look with minimal effort and minimum potential for desert-induced cakiness. Plus, you can coordinate your mascara color to the rest of your outfit.

25 Color Eyeliner Pencil Set


Just like mascara, getting creative with one’s eyeliner color can also elevate a makeup look. Whether it is just to create a traditional wing or cat eye or do a fun crease design, doing a non-traditional eyeliner reduces festival makeup hassle while still giving desired effects. 

Urban Decay All Nigter Waterproof Makeup Setting Spray


Now that the makeup is on, let’s make sure it lasts through the headlining act and maybe some afterparties. The Urban Decay all-nighter is a top candidate for the job if the name itself is not a complete giveaway. It’s water-resistant, smudge-resistant, transfer-resistant and refreshing to the skin. There’s a reason that it’s the number one setting spray in America with one being sold every 11 seconds.

Glossier You Eau de Parfum Rollerball



“You smell good.” It’s one of the best compliments to receive, and who doesn’t want to be sweet smelling at a festival with thousands of people. Keep yourself feeling and smelling fresh with this Glossier roller perfume. It’s perfect for festivals because it has a warm and spicy scent and is meant to be layerable, so it won’t clash with any of your hydration or sunscreen products.


There’s one universal truth about festivals: you will get hot. Therefore, keep yourself refreshed with some rose water spray. It will feel refreshing to your skin while also keeping it hydrated. The faint floral scent doesn’t hurt either. This Mario Badescu option also includes herbs and aloe perfect for the desert and treating any sun-irritated skin. 

r.e.m. beauty satin sheets blotting papers


Naturally oily skin or not, blotting papers are a must for festivals with all the sweat and build-up your skin will experience. In honor of Miss Ariana Grande headlining Coachella 5 years ago, try the r.e.m. beauty blotting papers. They are intentionally designed to not mess up makeup, and they are infused with charcoal helping detoxify the skin.

Native Deodorant – Coconut & Vanilla


A final requirement in one’s festival survival kit is a travel deodorant. We think the explanation for this one is pretty self explanatory, and we love Native deodorant as it gets the job done while also being aluminum free.

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