The 15 Best Beauty Products to Pack for Coachella

Space is limited: make every choice count!

By: Laurel Pantin

Coachella officially kicks off this weekend (yay!) meaning no flower crown is safe, your Instagram Stories feed is about to get a whole lot dustier, and you’re likely in for a major case of FOMO. That is, if you’re not actually planning on going yourself. (Coveteur will be there, sharing all the best moments on Instagram and Snap.)

If you *are* going, you’re probably stressing about what to pack. It would seem you’d want to pack extra, extra light (even more extra if you’re camping), and that leaves very little room for beauty products. So we culled everything on the market to the 15 essential products to pack so you can keep your look together at the festival.

 

Hair

When I think “Coachella,” I think of long, mermaid-y waves or glittery parts. You probably do too. But then I think sweaty, tangly hair! Woof! These products will help you achieve the former while skipping the latter.

Our go-to dry shampoo. If you’re camping, you’re definitely going to want to pack some of this to freshen up your hair after day three of outdoor partying.

Sachajuan Dry Powder Shampoo, $35

Surprise! You need sun protection for your hair, too. This spray will help keep yours from getting dried out or damaged.

Davines SU Hair Milk, $29

This styling serum will help keep flyaways down—a must if you must do the obligatory braid crown.

Vernon Francois Lightweight Styling Serum, $32

If your look is more rumpled than polished, work a little of this texture cream into damp hair and let it air-dry for perfectly messy waves.

Bumble & bumble Texture Creme, $31

We’re huge fans of this cleansing conditioner, and because it can do both, it will save you lots of room in your toiletry kit. That’s all without mentioning how it completely changed my hair.

Hairstory New Wash, $40

Skin

The name of the skincare game is SPF at Coachella. As in slather every inch of your body in it, because you do not want your face to fall apart in a few years.

This lightweight (great) mousse-textured (even better!) sunscreen has a hefty SPF 50 rating, and is loaded with antioxidants and moisturizers.

Supergoop! Super Power Sunscreen Mousse, $34

If you’re going to wear any sort of foundation or makeup, use a primer with SPF. This one has an SPF of 50.

NARS Smooth & Protect Primer SPF 50, $36

Face wipes are a must. Hot, dusty, sweaty days...don’t you just want to wipe your face, hands, feet, arms, legs, literally everything? Bring, like, seven packs.

Olehenricksen Truth On The Glow Cleansing Cloths, $30

I know, you want to come back from Coachella with a subtle tan that says, “I just got back from Coachella.” Well, that’s totally possible without actually having to get a tan, thanks to this lightweight anti-aging sunless tanner, aka possibly the greatest thing ever invented.

Coola Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum, $54

I truly never understood the appeal of those water spritzing face sprays—until I tried one. Trust me, you want one, and this formula has all kinds of goodies in it so that it improves your skin beyond just momentarily cooling you off.

Caudalie Grape Water, $13

Makeup

From what I’m told, highlighting is all the rage these days. At Coachella, you’ll want to avoid any heavy makeup looks (say no to the smoky eye) and embrace a light *dewy* effect instead.

I’m sorry, did I say light and dewy? What I meant was fucking-nuts sparkly. Buy a couple of pots of loose glitter in fun colors, and sprinkle them all over your entire body. Pack them in your going-out bag, because I swear to you, when people see how fun and sparkly you are, they’re going to want some too.

Make Up For Ever Glitter, $15

If highlighting with pastels is more your speed, this palette has excellent reviews on Sephora.

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette, $32

After spending hours meticulously applying holographic highlight to your cheekbones, you’re going to want it to stay put, no matter how hard you freak out and jump around when Kendrick Lamar comes on.

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $31

If *subtle* is more your thing, these dew drops give you the faintest hint of sheen. Best paired with brushed-up ’80s brows and a swipe of smudgy brown highlighter.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter, $44

Long day outside + lots of sweaty dancing = smudgy mascara. Pack a waterproof option.

Blinc Mascara Amplified, $26

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