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Must have beauty items for Coachella and other music festivals

Summer Beauty Swaps
Kelly Kirby/SpaDelic

Spring and Summer weather is just around the corner and with it come plenty of opportunities for music lovers to enjoy the outdoors at various music festivals.

One of the largest and most well known music festivals, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off on April 11th in California for it's annual two weekend event. If a jaunt across the country isn't in your budget this year, Atlanta plays hosts to a variety of music festivals, the first of which is the Sweetwater 420 Fest which celebrates it's 10 year anniversary this year at Centennial Olympic Park. In past years, the Sweetwater 420 Fest was a free entry concert held in Candler Park, however, this year fest goers will pay $10 single day admission or $18 for a weekend pass.

Atlanta welcomed a new indie-rock style music festival to town last year, the Shaky Knees Festival created by a local concert promoter by the name of Tim Sweetwood. On May 9th through the 11th, Shaky Knees will expand to Atlantic Station with a slew of great entertainers including Gary Clark Jr, Spoon, Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine and the iconic 80's band, the Violent Femmes. Ticket prices start at $84 for single day entry, for more information visit

Music Festivals are the perfect opportunity to try out new and exciting beauty/fashion trends while keeping in mind some basic beauty essentials to combat the warmer and more humid weather. With daily temperatures in the Metro Atlanta area ranging from the high 70's to mid 80's, selecting long wearing products that can withstand humidity is key is pulling off an all day beauty look. As with all beauty looks, starting with clean skin that has been exfoliated, toned and moisturized is crucial in obtaining a natural, healthy glow and lasting makeup application.

It's time to prime! Although primer is a regular step in most beauty aficionado's makeup regimine, it is a "must have" summer beauty product to minimize shine and prevent makeup meltdown. Apply primer to skin once moisturizer is completely dry and allow a few minutes to penetrate into the skin before following with application of foundation or tinted moisturizer.

Less is more: When it comes to makeup I tell my clients to think about their makeup the way they relate to their clothing during the change of seasons. Summer months allow for lightweight fabrics, fewer layers and light or bright colors whereas winter clothing is typically comprised of heavy textures, multiple layers and more deeply saturated colors. Follow suit with your beauty routine, for example, ditch matte, full coverage foundation for a silicone based light foundation or tinted moisturizer and lip stains or glosses instead of deeply saturated, matte lipsticks. (For more summer beauty swaps see my pinterest post entitled summer beauty swaps)

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