Rock the Perfect Hair and Makeup for a Music Festival

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Rock the Perfect Hair and Makeup for a Music Festival
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Music festivals are anything but boring, no matter what the genre. And whether you're into obscure indie tunes or you're more of a high-energy dance music kind of girl, you'll want everything about your look to rock at your festival of choice — including your hair and makeup. Each music genre has its own feel and personality, from mellow and laidback to wild and energetic. Fortunately, these hair and makeup styles are sure to match them perfectly and keep you standing out in a crowd of music lovers.

Less is More
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Less is More

"Music festivals are fun, crowded, hot, long, fun and more fun,” says Alberto VO5 hair expert Chris Lospalluto, and your hair has to be ready to take a beating. “Keep in mind that hair is going to get messy,” he adds, which means you’ll be more comfortable keeping hair simple and natural — like actress Jennifer Aniston's, shown here at an event in Hollywood — than to look primped and perfect.

Ready for the Elements
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Ready for the Elements

No matter what kind of festival you’re attending or the look you’re trying to pull off, the key is to make sure you’re prepared for Mother Nature’s heat, humidity and rain. That means lots of waterproof products, lasting lipstick or gloss, and a lightweight foundation with SPF — like the one reality TV star Lauren Conrad sports here at an event in Los Angeles — says professional makeup artist Meredith Hayman. She also recommends opting for a gel blush and smudge-proof liner, as powder can fade quickly in the heat.

Slicked Back and Sexy
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Slicked Back and Sexy

If you’re a rocker at heart, your hair has to match. The key when you're hitting a rock music festival is to keep the look effortless, but a little edgy at the same time. Try throwing hair up into a top knot — like the one seen here on actress Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards — which will keep hair out of your face while you’re rocking out. Another option includes slicking hair back into a sleek ponytail.

All Attention on the Eyes
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All Attention on the Eyes

Keep your look rockin' with a natural yet sexy makeup style at your favorite music festival. Aim for minimal face makeup (or even go bare, if you prefer) and opt for just a clear lip gloss or balm. Amp it up a little by channeling your inner Joan Jett and throwing in a defined black eye — like the one actress Kaley Cuoco rocks here at the 2013 Grammy Awards — or sultry, smokey eye makeup.

Laidback and Loose
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Laidback and Loose

If indie or folk rock is more your thing, pull out a soft, carefree style to create a more laidback and mellow look that will match the music. Lospalluto suggests going for a messy side braid or fishtail braid, like the one seen here on actress Shailene Woodley at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. You can also twist hair into a low, loose bun to get the same feel.

Natural Beauty
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Natural Beauty

Keep the vibe cool and relaxed with a natural makeup look that starts with a lightweight tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Add a touch of color in a light pink or peach shade to cheeks, or go for an all-over glow with a bit of bronzer. Keep eyes neutral with just a coat or two of mascara, and pair it with a swipe of lip balm or gloss for a look like reality TV star Kristin Cavallari's, seen here at an event in Los Angeles.

Wild and Wavy
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Wild and Wavy

Dance the night away and don’t think twice about your hair with sexy waves, like the ones model Gisele Bundchen shows off here at an event in Century City, California. To get the look, add a bit of salt spray to damp hair, scrunch to form waves and let hair air dry. Feeling risky? Add in a strand or two of colored hair extensions to stand out in the crowd.

Head-Turning Colors
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Head-Turning Colors

If you’ve ever been to a rave, you’ll know that bright, neon colors are all the rage. Throw some of these fun, crazy shades into your makeup mix when you’re heading to an electronic dance music festival. Whether it’s an electric blue lid, lime green eyeliner, shocking purple mascara or neon pink lipstick — like the one singer Demi Lovato is wearing here at an event in Los Angeles — you’ll be the ultimate life of the party.

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