Let’s be honest: while fun is certainly important, above all else, the cosmetics you pack for a music festival must be practical. Meaning they must be small enough to fit into a field jacket pocket, essential enough to tote around all day, and cannot warrant reapplication in an actual bathroom.
With that in mind, may we present our list of the teeny tiny, long-lasting, utterly sensible products that you cannot leave your hotel without. See you at the main stage!
A breakable glass vial of perfume? Forget about it. Instead, smell amazing all weekend with Pinrose’s Sample Starter Kit ($5). Each packet is the size of a rubbing alcohol wipe, but instead of killing germs, it’s soaked in beautiful scents we love. Fragrance on the go? Yes please.
Nars’ new Matte Multiple ($39) is sheer perfection—pun intended. It’s a little larger than a tube of lipstick and gives a beautiful wash of color to cheeks, eyes, and lips. The best part? It’s matte!
Sweatblock’s Antiperspirant Wipes ($16) are as thin as a credit card and work as well as a clinical-strength deodorant and antiperspirant. Need we say more?
Oily skin? You’ll want to pop a pack of oil-blotting papers in your bag. Try Tarte’s Not So Slick Oil Absorbing Blotting Papers ($10).
There’s no better time to give colorful hair a go than Coachella! L’Oreal Professionnel’s new Hair Chalk ($24) has all the benefits of a classic chalk, but lasts the entire weekend—technically between two and 10 shampoos—even in the pool!
Can’t live without bronzer, blush, or highlighter? There’s a paper for that. Mai Couture’s innovative papers look like oil-blotting sheets, but they’re dusted with powder makeup. We like the Highlighter Papier ($28), or try the Glow-Geous Trio ($28) for all three above products.
Hand sanitizer can explode in your bag, so pack Herbane Essentials’ Mixed Towelettes ($18) instead. They’re naturally antibacterial and antiseptic, smell amazing, and are big enough to clean even the stickiest hands. Bonus? They’re all natural, so you can use them to remove makeup, too!
If you’re planning on hitting the festival for the earlier acts, make sure you have a way to cool off quickly throughout the day. Caudalie’s editor-favorite Beauty Elixir ($18) tightens pores, refreshes skin, and is the perfect size for a small purse.
Don’t even think about skipping sunscreen! We suggest you apply before you leave your hotel, then reapply with a travel-size aerosol, like Supergoop’s Travel Size Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist ($13) throughout the day.
Don’t want to tote a can of sunscreen? MD Moms’ Baby Silk Babysafe Sunscreen Towelettes SPF 30 ($26) may be made for the maternal set, but they are strong, small, and incredibly gentle.
We won’t tell you which lip balm to pack—they’re all about the same size—but we suggest making sure it can pull double duty. We suggest picking something that can soothe chapped hands, act as a highlighter, and calm bug bites in a pinch—all of which Rosebud Perfume Co.’s Rosebud Salve in a Tube ($6) does.
If you choose to bring one hair product in your bag, make it Klorane’s Travel Size Dry Shampoo ($9). The holy grail of dry shampoo soaks up oil, refreshes flat hair, delivers texture, and smells great.
We admit, you wouldn’t tote a razor to the actual festival, but how great is Gillette’s Venus Snap Embrace Razor ($13)? Perhaps the smallest razor we’ve ever tried, this will save valuable space in your suitcase.