If you’re active on any form of social media, you’re probably at least vaguely aware that Coachella kicks off today. Makeup, in addition to the requisite flower crowns and body chains, is an accessory all its own, but before you succumb to the lure of neons or face paint, we’re championing a more subtle approach, courtesy of the artist who designed the look for our Coachella Hair Shoot with Laura Polko, Jaclyn B. Among the sea of melty-mascaras and unruly face jewels, you’ll be a breath of fresh air.

1. Start by prepping skin with Mario Badescu Rose Water, then follow it with Marc Jacobs Perfecting Under(cover) Coconut Face Primer.

2. For the base, mix Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer with Kryolan Shimmering Foundation in Pearl to give your skin a fresh and dewy look. Depending on how much coverage you need, go in with Nars Creamy Concealer to cover any spots or discoloration, then set with Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder.

3. Brush brows upward, then lightly fill in with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder.

4. On the eyes, apply MAC’s Paint Pot in Painterly as a base, then add Blurr and Unseen from the Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter Stack. Pat Sugarpill’s Asteria Loose Pigment [ed. note: discontinued] with your finger over your lids for a bronzed, smokey eye, and top with NARS Blush in Albatross on the inner corner of the eyes.

5. For added drama, you can apply Ardell Individual Lashes to the outer corner of the eyes, then finish with several coats of Dior’s Diorshow Mascara.

6. To warm up the skin, use a synthetic buffing brush to lightly apply Chanel’s Tan de Soleil where the sun naturally hits, then apply Charlotte Tilburry’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow under the cheekbones with the ‘bronze’ and on the tops of the cheekbones with the ‘glow to highlight and contour.

7. Apply Julie Hewitt’s Cheekie Blush in Posie on the apples of your cheeks.

8. There are two different lip options depending on how much of a statement you want to make. MAC’s Viva Glam II Lipstick topped with the brands’ Lust Lipglass gives a more natural finish, while Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Dolce with a dusting of Sugarpill’s Goldilux Loose Pigment on your cupid’s bow will be higher impact.


Jaclyn B.
Laura Polko