Get The Look: Coachella Makeup Look + REAL Festival Guide
Every year around this time, I start having withdrawals of the desert oasis which is Coachella.
I was lucky enough to attend the festival in 2014 and It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life! The music, the iconic ferris wheel and the good vibes all weekend - it was heaven!
So in honour of Coachella kicking off this week I decided to create a golden glow, festival makeup look.
This is by no means a true representation of the makeup I wore that year. One, my makeup technique has gone from zero to one hundred since then and two, I was sleeping in the back of a Wicked Camper van for three days, believe me when I say I did not want to spend my time doing makeup with a compact mirror in 40 degree heat!
So this look can be my 'if I went to Coachella and stayed in the fully furnished Safari Tent with showers and air conditioning' look.
Hydrate the skin using Mac Prep + Prime Fix+ and then apply it Cosmetics 'Feel The Moment' Primer Serum to the entire face to create a smooth base and to reduce any visible pores. This was my first time using this serum and while it is ultra hydrating it absorbed beautifully into my skin and left it so super soft! Prep the lips using the Lush Cosmetics Bubblegum Lip Scrub and lip balm to make them soft and smooth.
For foundation I used the it Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation in shade Medium. This is a cushion compact foundation and the coverage it provides is amazing while still being lightweight. I applied it to my face and blended it down my neck using the included applicator.
For concealer I used it Cosmetics 'Eyelift In A Tube'. This is a dual ended product with the popular 'Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer' (shade Neutral Medium) on one end and 'Hello Light Liquid Brightener' on the other end. I applied the concealer under my eyes and brightener down the bridge of my nose, centre of my chin and forehead and under my eyes blending it all out using the Sephora 3D Precision Sponge.
To set the eyes and face I used the it Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination in the shade Fair.
Shape and feather the brows using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in 'Medium Brown' and lightly apply The Body Shop Brow and Lash Gel to hold any natural brow hairs in place.
For my eyes I used shades from the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette (I will list the shadow names below) but feel free to use your favourite eyeshadows to create this look.
Apply a neutral nude shade (I used 'Laetus') to the eyelids to create a smooth base.
With a fluffy blending brush apply a peachy terracotta shadow into the crease (I used 'Ludwin'). Go back and forth in a fast, light handed motion to blend.
Once done, get a flat brush and pack a light bisque shadow over the entire lid (I used 'Latinus') working it up to the crease. Then pick up a warm rusty brown shadow (I used 'Succumbus') and apply it to the outer corner to add some depth.
Then with a clean fluffy brush lightly blend to fuse the two shades on the lid together and soften any harsh lines.
Using a pencil brush, apply the same warm rusty brown shade to the outer bottom lash line and then use the same peachy terracotta shade and work it along the rest of the lash line towards the inner corner. Then take a clean fluffy brush and lightly blend over the top of both shades, lightly smoking it out.
Coat the lashes with the Smashbox X-Rated Mascara before lining the lower waterline with the rose gold shadow from the Rimmel London Magnif'eyes Double Ended Shadow Liner.
*it Cosmetics are available in store at Sephora.
Braids are all the rage at the moment so I attempted a loose centre braid inspired by Desi Perkins in her recent Festival Inspired Look Book video!
Coloured locks also add a fun touch to your look! I have been using ‘Dare’ temporary hair colours and I am loving the way the purple blends nicely with the turquoise creating a very mermaid-esque look! They come in a variety of shades and are available from Hairhouse Warehouse for $19.95.
IN MY BAG
I have also put together a realistic guide of what to pack in your festival bag. I didn't necessarily arrive this prepared when I attended Coachella but I wanted to help a sister out!
Because no one likes chapped lips!
Not only a major statement accessory but they are going to shield your peepers from the desert sun!
Especially if you decide to wear new shoes, or better yet just don't wear new shoes, old faithfuls are the way to go.
It was just my luck Aunt Flow came to visit on day 1, boo!
For when you are busting and get to a port-a-loo without toilet paper - there is no handing it under the cubicle wall here!
While the toilets were some of the cleanest festival toilets I have ever used, I still lathered myself in sanitiser after each visit.
USB Battery Charger Packs
There are charging stations around the festival but who wants to waste time waiting for their phone to charge, not me!
While I didn't personally find the US sun as harsh as the Australian sun I still want to protect my pasty skin from harmful UV rays!
*Some of these products were sent to me in exchange for a review. Products have been tried, tested and all opinions expressed are honest and my own.