Our favourite Coachella beauty looks from the Cali valley

Add these to your festival Pinterest board, stat

Words by Olivia Edwardes

Ah, Coachella. Where the long-legged supermodels coexist with the super stylish mortals, as they dance to the top 40 and casually define the festival looks for the rest of the season.

This year we’re reposting and recreating festival hair and beauty looks that stray away from Coachella’s usual theatrical dress code. Super pigmented highlighter has replaced rhinestones, and adorned braids make flower crowns look a bit dated. Subtle sophistication (courtesy of clear lip gloss, sit-ups, and a fake tanning regime) is the aesthetic of festival season 2019.

We want to look like mythical creatures who have crawled out of the desert – or the Pacific Ocean, if you’re Selena Gomez and her hidden fishtails – swaying to Billie Eilish in the field, mojito in hand. Carefree and super groomed; not looking like a sloshed seventeen-year-old who’s dumped a bucket of glitter over her head.

The best beauty advice we’ve picked up from Coachella alums is to stick to one focus point of the face – if you’re going to do a dash of colour, keep the rest of your face shockingly neutral for more eye-catching appeal.

‘Moving on from the space buns and glitter partings of previous years, this year at Coachella the hair trend that has really stood out is adornment, which is more sophisticated than recent festival trends,’ explains ghd ambassador Patrick Wilson. ‘I’ve seen that girls want to wear their hair loosely, without it being too structured, so essentially creating a better version of themselves and providing a slight update on how they normally wear their hair.

‘Similar to trends that have been seen on the catwalks, for Coachella it was all about embracing the natural texture of each girl’s hair, maintaining movement in the hair using the ghd platinum+ festival styler and adding adornment as the finishing touch.’

Key takeaway: Don’t look overdone, but worst of all don’t look boring.

Below we’ve rounded up some of the coolest beauty looks we spied under the California sun this past weekend. Bookmark these before Lovebox/Latitude/Glastonbury, stat.

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