This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Once we graduated from college and got a 9-to-5 job, the excitement over vacations like Spring Break dwindled. But even though we sit at a desk all day, we’re making plans for another, non-beach-related escape thanks to the arrival of festival season.
Whether you’re bobbing mid-crowd at Coachella or camping out at Bonnaroo, going to see your favorite artist on an outdoor stage recaptures that feeling of freedom you felt on your week-long Canún stay. (Remember Beychella? Enough said). And creating standout beauty looks is an essential part of the festival vibe.
If you’re currently prepping for festivals or just want to try something new, we’ve put together some of our favorite looks that are worthy of a good time — and far from the basic unicorn getup. From statement glitter lips to face pearls, there’s something unique for everyone in the crowd. And the best part is that you can put your personal twist on it. So, get your fingers ready to screenshot because ahead is all the makeup inspiration you need to put together an Instagram-worthy festival look.
There’s nothing that says “I’m ready to have a good time” like confetti eyelids. The flashy look can be achieved with craft store sequins and glitter glue — or you can pick up a jar of Lemonhead ‘s popular glitter shadow.
Place the glitter in the arch around your lid for a super unique look. You can go for neutral makeup on the rest of your face since your blinged-out crease is sure to make a powerful statement.
If you just want a little something, something (Cardi voice), dive into your artistic side and draw a floral design around the outer corner of your eyes, like seen here. You can use a color liquid liner or a stiff eyeliner brush with a gel formula.
Want a quick idea that’s still attention-grabbing? Go for rock ‘n’ roll vibes. This black star around the eye was inspired by the legendary band KISS — but make it glitter.
If you want to pack on more glitter, swipe it onto your lips, like this look from the Rodarte show at New York Fashion Week. With all the glitter lip formulas on the market, you won’t have a hard time achieving this exact look.
If glitter just isn’t your thing, have fun with color and graphic liners, which are both part of spring’s biggest beauty trends. #1 rule: There’s no need to stay within the lines.
Celebrate women with this fun, girl-power design that was achieved with pearls and pigments. And if you’re wondering how to stick pearls onto your face, it’s actually super easy with self-adhesive pearl studs. Just peel and stick.
This blend of galactic and watercolor is a nod to the ’80s, and putting blush over your entire face is a glamorous way to have fun with color that will surely catch eyes at any festival.
Lupita Nyong’o stunned at the SXSW premiere of Us with this bold, red stroke of eye shadow. We instantly pinned this photo to our festival board on Pinterest. But honestly, we’d rock this look anytime of the year.
You’ve been warned: Once you master this glitter cat-eye for festival season, you’ll be tempted to wear it every chance you get — even to the office.
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