As the end of summer approaches, so does the end of festival season. For the most part, many of the major music festivals held across the country have come and gone and had their trending hashtags on social media. While the light dancers of Coachella are a mere memory, and the tunes of Lollapalooza pop into your head every once in a while, they are a piece of the summer’s past. But if you’re a festival lover you still have one more chance to fill your festival fix the summer. That’s right, the Burning Man festival takes place from August 28th through September 5th in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. During this time, the desert transforms the normally empty and barren area to what festival-goers call “Black Rock City,” filling the area with people dedicated to art, self-expression, and self-reliance where anyone and everyone is welcome.
If you’re planning on attending Burning Man, you might be racking your brain for ideas of what to wear to the one of a kind festival. Because the festival is right around the corner and you shouldn’t be stressing in the days leading up to Burning Man, we’ve put together a list of beauty trends and outfit tips inspired by Burning Man.
Beauty Tip #1: Beautified Bags
When walking through Black Rock City you’ll notice that a majority of people are walking works of art created with face and body paint. One of the best things about face and body paint is that you can you as much or little of it as you’d like and still create an amazing look. One of our favorite ways of using face paint is to hide the bags under your tired eyes! Instead of looking like the night before got the best of you, cover your bags with lots and lots of glitter! After you’ve applied a BB or CC cream, use your finger to lightly dab on translucent body gel. You’ll want to dab it around the entire under area of your eyes (pretty much anywhere you would apply an eye serum). While the gel is still wet, use an eyeshadow brush to dust gold or rose gold colored body glitter over your bags. Let it dry for a few moments, then add another layer of gel and glitter. Finish the look with a few coats of mascara and you’ll be ready for all that the day holds.
Outfit Tip #1: Avoid Creating MOOP
One of the principals the Burners stand by is to “leave no trace.” This means, when the festival and it’s attendees leave, the desert should look as barren as before they arrived. To do so, it is extremely important that you don’t wear anything that creates MOOP, or matter out of place. This means things like sequins, beads, and feathers. Sure they look fab, but it’s highly likely that they’ll fall off and make an unwanted mark on the land.
Beauty Tip #2: Wrap it Up
One of the hottest festival hair trends is not only cute, but it’s super easy too! All you need is some craft string to create a one of a kind hair wrap. Simply grab a small section of hair and tie the string into a knot at the root of the section (the key here is to make sure you have lots and lots of string before cutting it, that way you don’t run out mid hair wrap). Hold the section firmly between your fingers and wrap the string around your hair as many times as you need to until you reach the bottom. Once you get to the ends of the strands you can tie the string into a double knot and you’re all set! You can even add some extra glam to the look by tying a bead or charm to the end.
Outfit Tip #2: Avoid Branding
While representing your favorite brand across your chest or from shoulder to shoulder is all the rage right now, but clothes like this are more-or-less the opposite of the major point of the festival. With that said, you should wear whatever you want, but do so with the utmost creativity.
Beauty Tip #3: Wear the Rainbow
For those of you who have a hard time picking just one color to incorporate into your beauty look, then you should absolutely wear the rainbow… on your eyelashes that is! Apply your foundation and concealer as you normally would. Use an eyelash curler to curl your lashes, then apply one or two coats of lash curling mascara. After the mascara has had a few moments to dry, apply a dab of eyelash adhesive to mini pompoms (you can find these at your local craft store or online. 3/16’’ seems to be the best size and are available in a wide verity of colors). Then, one by one, place the pompoms to the top of your lash, it should look almost like they are being cradled by the curl of the lash.
Outfit Tip #3: Check Out the Gallery
The Burning Man website features thousands of pictures of creators of all kinds and their outfits from past years. Let this photo gallery be your biggest inspiration. Take the ideas you’ve found and hit up a thrift store to put together an outfit unlike any others.