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10 Creative Festival Makeup Ideas to Get You Through the Season

Say yes to glitter, pops of color and rhinestones.
May 31, 2023
Festival Makeup Looks

Festival makeup
gives you the chance to say yes to all the things you want to try but hold back from when it comes to your daily makeup look. Sure, rhinestones and neon eyeliner may be a tad much for the office but they are practically necessary and perfectly on theme for a film or music festival. 

From fairycore to rave-inspired to glitter-infused, 2023 festival makeup trends are ethereal, over-the-top and have a more is more feel. If you’re not sure where to begin with your music festival makeup, here are 10 easy festival makeup looks to try that are bound to bring tons of compliments and social media likes. 

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1. Rhinestone Eyes and Shimmery Cheekbones

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You can’t go wrong with rhinestone festival makeup, especially when you opt for stones in different colors. Since the rhinestones add color and sparkle to your look, keep the rest of your makeup simple. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Grip Precision Felt Waterproof Eyeliner to create a sharp wing, and don’t forget to dab some of the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer onto your cheekbones for a subtle glow. 

2. Blue Eyeliner and Pink Lipstick

Color pop makeup is a simple and quick way to turn your go-to makeup look into something music festival worthy. Switch out your go-to black eyeliner for the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Grip Mechanical Gel Eyeliner in Turquoise. Use the built-in smudger to create some dramatic smoky blending on the upper and lower lash line. Then, paint your lips with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Intense Volume Matte Lipstick in Le Carmin Courage for some vivid fuschia color. 


3. Flushed Cheeks and Matching Lids 

Rosy, flushed cheeks are a huge makeup trend right now. Bring the color on your cheeks to your lids for a simple, monochrome makeup look with minimal products. The star of the show for achieving this look will be a bright shade of blush, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Soft Matte Blush in Confident Pink. The soft matte formula is sweat-resistant, waterproof and transfer-proof, making it a great choice for a sweaty, festival weekend. Use a fluffy brush to swipe the fine powder across your cheeks, and a small blending brush to paint that same color on your lids. 

4. Rave Makeup

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Rave makeup spotlights color, texture, shimmer and sparkle in one eye-catching look. It’s the time to get creative with your makeup and to have fun. Regardless of where you decide to go with your rave makeup look, a solid base is very important to ensure the rest of your face makeup can last. 

We suggest priming with a long-wearing makeup primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24H Matte Setter — which manages excess oils and extends your makeup for up to 24 hours. Follow that up with a sturdy foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder for a long-wearing finish that resists water, transfer, sweat and smudging. 

5. Fairycore Shimmery Lids and Glossy Lips

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Frosted, shimmery lids that are reminiscent of the early aughts make for simple festival makeup that doesn’t appear like you took the easy way out, especially because ethereal, fairycore makeup is trending this summer. Enlist the help of the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in Blush Jewel to give your lids a shimmery glow. Then, on the lips, apply a generous layer of the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Balm-in-Lipstick with Pomegranate Extract for a hydrating, your-lips-but-better finish.

6. Pop of Color on the Eyes and Nude Lips

If you like to keep things minimal with your makeup, there’s no rule to say you can’t do that with festival makeup. The trick to keep things interesting is to implement some color and different textures. Use the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Avant Garde Azure to add a pop of color to the inner corner of your eyes. Then, apply a nude gloss with light-reflecting shimmer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Gloss Plump in Lucid Glow to give your pout a glossy glow. 

7. Red Lips and Glittery Highlighter

Red lips are a timeless beauty look, but when paired with glittery skin, they become instantly festival-approved. Paint your pout with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Intense Volume Matte Lipstick in Le Rouge Avant-Garde. The velvety matte finish wears for up to 16 hours and the formula includes hyaluronic acid so it won’t feel dry or crackly on the lips. Next, take your favorite shimmery or glittery eyeshadow (the chunkier the glitter, the better) and lightly dab it on your cheekbones and bridge of the nose — AKA all the places you would apply highlighter. 

8. Glitter Festival Makeup

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Glitter festival makeup trends year after year because it delivers the glowy, sparkly, eye-catching perfection that you want for a music festival weekend. When using glitter, always make sure to use a product that is safe for the face. To get an extra glittery appearance on the lids, paint a light layer of lash glue onto your lids (let the glue get tacky) and use your finger to lightly pat the glitter onto the glue. You can also replicate this process on the lips to get a glittery pout. 

Editor’s tip: When it’s time to remove your glitter makeup, use sellotape to lightly peel the glitter off your lids and lips before you follow up with a cleanser. This will help to remove all the glitter so it won’t scratch or irritate your skin. 

9. Glitter Eyebrows and Long Lashes

Glitter eyebrows are a festive upgrade for your go-to eyebrow routine and they're relatively easy to achieve with products you likely already have. Take a clear brow gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Unbelieva-Brow Longwear Brow Topcoat, Waterproof Universal Transparent and mix it with a shimmery eyeshadow, like the Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup. Use the spoolie to shape and lift your arches, while coating them with shimmer. (Remember to wipe the brush clean before dipping the wand back into the bottle to keep the glitter from mixing with the rest of the gel.)

Next, coat your lashes with the L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Instant Lift Washable Mascara. The formula works to lengthen, lift and define lashes with the help of a double-sided wand that also works to eliminate clumps. 

10. Bronzed Skin and Green Eyeliner

Bronzed skin à la bronzer is a great way to hack a sun-kissed glow without exposing your skin to harmful UVA and UVB rays. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Soft Matte Bronzer to add some color and definition to your skin. Then, complete the look with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Grip Precision Felt Waterproof Eyeliner in Green to add a pop of color to the lids. Consider going with a graphic eyeliner look to play up the drama. 

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Photo Credit: IG/@makeupartistnoemi, Photo Design: Sarah Duvivier

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