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The ultimate Coachella style survival guide

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10 Beauty and style essentials

Indio, California’s annual mega music festival is fast-approaching. Do you know what you’ll be wearing? Have you packed? If not, we have you covered with our picks for how to stay gorgeous, have fun and avoid any style slip-ups.

10 beauty & style essentials

Indio, California's annual mega music festival is fast-approaching.
Do you know what you'll be wearing? Have you packed? If not, we have you covered with our picks for how to stay gorgeous, have fun and avoid any style slip-ups.

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A great crossbody bag

A great crossbody bag

A crossbody bag is your best choice for a festival since you wear it over your body (as the name suggests) rather than have to deal with keeping it on your shoulder. We love this structured, vintage-inspired bag with multiple pockets and a detachable lining that converts into a spare pouch — what a bonus (anthropologie.com, $198).

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Comfy (but cute) shoes

Comfy (but cute) shoes

Simple but stylish, these metallic leather flip flops are perfect for long days of traipsing around the festival site getting from one stage to another (shop.reef.com, $46). We love the fact that they go with anything you might pack (from cut-offs to rompers) and they make it easy to be on your feet for hours — minus any discomfort.

3

Boho-chic dress

Boho-chic dress

We know you want to look good, but comfort is also essential for a multi-day festival. Cultivate an easy, breezy boho vibe with the help of this chiffon baby doll dress in a pretty multicolor feathered print (urbanoutfitters.com, $165).

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Hair ties

Hair ties

If you have long hair (or even medium-length locks) you're going to want your tresses out of your face while you dance to your favorite band. We suggest packing some of these festival-ready tie dye hair ties (twistband.com, $12 for six).

5

Stay-put bikini

Stay-put bikini

Maybe you want to sunbathe in between bands, or maybe you want to show off your ultra-toned abs —either way, you're going to need a two-piece that stays put (in case you crowd surf in it). We suggest giving this quick-drying red bikini a try (stevenallen.com, $115).

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Cheap shades

Cheap shades

If you're going to lose a pair of sunglasses, a music festival is likely where you're going to do it, so why take anything you'll regret leaving in someone else's tent? You can still sport stylish sunnies for less and we love this oversize pair perfect for protecting your peepers (pixiemarket.com, $15).

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Dry shampoo

Dry shampoo

Let's face it, your hair is going to suffer in all that heat (hello, sweat), but that doesn't mean you have to give up on style. Pack a travel size dry shampoo like Oscar Blandi volumizing dry shampoo spray which comes in a 0.75 ounce bottle for easy packing (sephora.com, $5).

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Cleansing wipes

Cleansing wipes

As much as you might want to, you likely won't get to shower during your Coachella experience. Keep your face and hands clean with a pack of cleansing wipes like these refreshing ones from Neutrogena with a lively pink grapefruit scent (ulta.com, $8).

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Sunhat

Sunhat

If it's sunny (and we hope it is), you're going to need a hat to keep your skin safe from all those rays. Keep the sun off your face and look cute doing it with the help of this cute raffia sunhat with a beaded band (shopbop.com, $88).

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BB cream

BB cream

Carting a makeup bag full of products to Coachella (if you're planning to camp) isn't really practical. But you can still ensure smooth, even-toned skin that's also protected from the sun with a good BB cream. We like Smashbox Camera Ready BB cream with broad spectrum SPF 35 (beauty.com, $39).

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