All that screaming, jumping and bumping at concerts can be a pretty good workout. But you don’t want to end up a melting mess when it’s over — especially when you’re taking pictures with your favorite band backstage. Here are some tips to look amazing at a concert from the beginning to the end.
Have a drink
As in water – dehydration can give you headaches, nausea and hunger pangs. Make sure you stay fully hydrated to enjoy the event. Plus, sufficient amounts of H2O on a regular basis will give your skin a healthy glow.
Remove body odor
Make sure you apply deodorant and some fresh-smelling body spray such as Cucumber Melon Eau de Toilette ($19) from Bath and Body Works. Antiperspirants help decrease the amount of one’s perspiration, but also close and block pores in the meantime. Remember to shower and scrub when you come back home!
Cover up a bit
Though concerts are mostly held in the dark and it’s hard to see those blemishes, don’t rule out the possibility of outstretched-arm self-photography of you and your friends at the event. Try the waterproof and ultra light Dior’s Skin Forever Extreme Wear Flawless Makeup ($42). This long-lasting foundation applies smoothly and evenly.
Since it’ll probably be dark, line your eyes with bright colors like Vincent Longo’s Vibrant Eye Waterproof Liner ($18) to make them stand out. Then outline along the bottom of your eyes with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Dime ($16) to highlight them. As for eye shadow, give your eyes a metallic feel with Shu Uemura’s Pressed Eye Shadow in Iridescent Deep Gray ($20).
Of course too much shine will make your face look like plastic, so give your cheeks a quick, liberal wipe with Benefit’s Waterproof Benetint ($25).
Say no to lip gloss! Hair, be it yours or others’, may be flying around and hitting your face. Imagine how many loose strands would be stuck onto your lips by the time the concert is over – yuck. Embrace matted lipstick with Covergirl’s Continuous Color Lipstick in Parisian Pink ($5).
Try a high pony tail with a bit of volume on top — it’ll help you keep cool with your hair off your shoulders.
Make sure you bring some Tic Tacs or Listerine Strips. You’ll be shouting in order for your friends to hear what you are saying, but you wouldn’t want to overwhelm them with your bad breath!
Although you will be tired when you get back home, make sure you shower and wash your face thoroughly. Your pores will need to breathe and you need to clear out the dirt. You don’t want to be waking up with a painful breakout the next day!
Last modified: August 9, 2008