The music festival RedfestDXB kicks off on February 11th in Dubai, and it boasts an impressive line up of performers—including British pop star Rita Ora, R&B crooner Trey Songz, and Worth It singers, Fifth Harmony—set to hit center stage during the two-day extravaganza. While most of us will be attending to hear the music, we’ve also been deciding how we’re going to do our makeup since we secured our tickets.
For many people, outdoor festival beauty comprises a 5-second ponytail, lots of sunscreen, and maybe some lipgloss, but for the beauty obsessed there is something about an open-air venue that makes us want to let our hair down, whip out a brand new outfit, and execute a perfect, sharp cat-eye with a statement lip to match. Music festivals are the perfect opportunity to test-drive new products and experiment with bold beauty looks.
Don’t let the cooler temperatures fool you, the sun is still out and as bright as ever. Since you will be spending a solid day (or two) outdoors, slathering on sunscreen is important. You can opt for the Colorescience Tint Du Soleil UV Protective Foundation (US $54; AED/SAR 198). The sheer, tinted formula includes an SPF 30 to protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
To amplify your outdoor glow, take heed of the strobing technique, which focuses on applying highlighter to the areas where light would naturally hit the face. Brush the M.A.C Cosmetic’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade (US $32; AED/SAR 118) on your cheekbones, brow bones, down the center of your nose, center of your forehead, your cupid’s bow, and chin. Although sequins and glitter aren’t required at a music festival, they’re encouraged. You can apply gold glitter to the highest point of your cheekbones to boost your shimmer. Make Up Forever’s Glitters (US $15; AED/SAR 55) are easy to use. Apply with a wet brush and mist with a setting spray to create a waterproof hold.
Trade the conventional smoky eye for an electric and exaggerated cat-eye. First, prep your eyelids with an eyeshadow primer—we suggest the Benefit Cosmetics Air Control BB Cream Eyelid Primer (US $29;AED/SAR 107)—before swiping on a high-impact green, blue, or purple eyeshadow. Stila’s Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow (US $32; AED/SAR 118) includes an array of colorful, metallic shadows with an eye-catching, foil finish. Use waterproof eyeliner, such as the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (US $19; AED/SAR 70), to complete your feline eye.
You want to be able to dance without taking powder room intervals to make sure that your eyebrows are still intact. Instead of using an eyebrow pencil to fill in your brows, opt for a powder formula. We recommend the Hi Impact Brows (US $27 ; SAR/AED 99) palette. The multi-tasking product offers four smudge-proof shades that can be used to fill in your eyebrows, create a smokey eye, and line your eyes.
If you have a striking, bold lipstick you’ve been pining to sport, a music festival is the perfect opportunity to do so. Opt for matte textures like the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils (US $26; AED/SAR 95) so that you don’t spend the evening fishing out hair that’s stuck to your lipgloss. Matte formulas also boast long wear properties, and call for less touch-ups.