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The $5 Eyeliner That Lasted Through An Entire Coachella Weekend

aimee simeon

For someone who owns as much makeup as I do, you'd never know it. My cosmetics bag is a mix of neutrals — browns, pinky-nudes, and golds — and the wildest I ever veer from my no-makeup makeup look is a slick of red lipstick on a Saturday night.

But when I was packing my bags for Coachella, I knew that I had to leave my neutral face at home and bring makeup suitable for a desert party. The thought of rocking glitter eyeshadow for three days didn’t intimidate me half as much as the idea of doing it in 95-degree heat. Not only did I need makeup that popped, but I also needed it to still be on my face by the time Ariana Grande took the stage.

I knew Coachella was the perfect opportunity for me to step outside of my comfort zone and try new products for the first time. Leaving the rest of my face fairly bare, I decided to play up my eyes each day of the festival — and, as a result, discovered a few hero products that lasted through hours in the blazing heat and dirt.

Ahead, I rounded up my nine must-haves that stuck with me through parties, after parties, slices of pizza, and a few Moscow mules. Even if you aren't headed to the festival this weekend, I'm confident that if these can survive Coachella — they can survive anything.

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Boho Nude

I'll admit, I played it safe for the first day of the festival. My outfit was fairly neutral, so I kept my eyes copper and focused a lighter champagne shade in my inner corners.

I quickly tapped this Il Makiage eyeshadow all over my lids with my fingers because, of course, I forgot to pack shadow brushes. The foil-like pigment stayed on through an entire day of interviews and events — but came off with a single pass of a makeup wipe later that evening.

Il Mackiage Color Boss in Scandal, $24, available at Il Mackiage

I rubbed Nudestix Magnetic Luminous Eye Color in Praia into my inner corners. Don't let the cream formula of this stick fool you into thinking it smudges — my eyes were still blinging way after the sun went down.

NudeStix Magnetic Luminous Eye Color in Praia, $75, available at Sephora

Electric Blue

After gaining my confidence, it was time to jazz things up for day two — and I went for an electric eye look that popped against my black shirt.

I dusted YSL Sequin Crush in Empowered Silver along the crease of my eyes and diffused it with a cotton swab. The color can be used wet for an intense pigment, but I preferred a subtle smokey effect.

YSL Beauty Sequin Crush Eyeshadow, $27, available June 2019

Be warned: this glitter plays no games. It's thick, opaque, and will give you intense color payoff. To give my eyes a constellation-like effect, I blended it out on the back of my hand before lightly tapping it over my eyelids. I knew this stuff was the truth when I saw copper flecks still lingering on my face the following morning.

Marc Jacobs See-quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow in Gleam Girl, $28, available at Neiman Marcus

I randomly chose the violet shade of this glitter palette to tap into my inner-corners. The flecks were hard to pick up — considering I had no eye makeup brushes — but I made it happen with a cotton swab. I misted the tip of the swab with a setting spray before digging into the pan, which probably helped it stay on my eyes all day.

NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Goals Palette, $25, available at Ulta Beauty

Honorable mention: Even though this glitter jelly wasn't on my eyes, I applied it all over my cheekbones for an otherworldly highlight. It had my back through five hours of back-to-back performances. If you're headed to a festival and can only pack one glitter, I highly recommend taking this and smearing it all over your face and body.

Tarte Treasure Pot, $18, available at Ulta Beauty

To tie the rest of my look together, I used this creamy NYX pencil in Rainforest, a vivid royal blue shade. It glided along my lower lash line like butter and once it was on, it was on.

NYX Cosmetics Off Tropic Pro Liner in Rainforest, $5, available at Nyx Cosmetics

Perfectly Pastel

Fairy was my final festival vibe — and I pulled out all my remaining iridescent shadows and pastel liners to tap into my inner Boho Tinkerbell.

First, I layered this Becca highlighter onto my cheekbones, cupid's bow, and eyelids. While the pigment wasn't as intense as other shadows (after all, it is highlighter), I still loved how it looked on my lids. I didn't use primer for this look, either, and I was still my best unicorn self hours later.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed- Prismatic Amethyst, $38, available at Sephora

I traded my black cat eye for this periwinkle color from Marc Jacobs Beauty (which I also smudged into my lash line). One swipe is all you need for full-coverage color that won't smudge or feather. In fact, this thin pencil is so durable, I needed an oil-based cleanser to take it off. To complete my fairy-inspired makeup, I used the silver shade from the NYX Glitter palette to make my inner corners look like fireworks.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Steeletto, $25, available at Marc Jacobs Beauty

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