BTS Concert Survival Guide: 5 Ways to Keep Cool & Look Good in the Pit
Are you ready??? The BTS world tour is set for global domination and the ARMY is already on the march. But in addition to packing your ARMY Bomb, practicing your fan chant (“Kim Namjoon! Kim Seokjin! Min …”), and saving up coin for all that fan merch you can score in line, make sure YOU are taken care of so that you can have the best time ever. Here, our 5 top tips for surviving a BTS concert, K-beauty style.
I am, without a doubt, the resident BTS fangirl of the K-Beauty Squad. I love BTS, talk BTS, write BTS. If anyone in the office has a BTS-related question, I’m their girl. It’s a role I claim with pride.
I was fortunate enough to go to the WINGS tour twice last year — once in Newark and once in Anaheim. Needless to say, both times were incredible. And now with the Love Yourself World Tour on the horizon, I feel obligated to let first-timers in on my tips, beauty and otherwise (OK, mainly beauty), on surviving one of the best nights of your life.
1. Love (and hydrate) yourself
This is pretty obvious, I know. Still, though, I have found myself many a time forgetting to hydrate while waiting in line, leaving me absolutely PARCHED when I finally enter the arena. This issue can be further exacerbated if you’re in the pit, where food and drink aren’t allowed.
With the loud music, sweaty crowds, amped up adrenaline from finally being able to see your faves, and possible (definite) girlish screams surrounding you, water is your ult BFF in preventing headaches and dizziness throughout the concert. Try your best to prevent this by drinking at least 32 oz. of water, half the daily recommended amount. Your body, skin, and mind will thank you!
2. Makeup: better safe than sweaty
Let’s be real: There is nothing more annoying than worrying about how you look when you just want to have fun and enjoy yourself. Besides that, concerts get HOT. Maybe it’s just me, but I could do without my face melting off in the middle of “Fake Love.”
Typically, when we think “special event,” we think “extra drama.” While that mentality applies for most occasions, I’d stay away from it when going to a concert. I learned the hard way when I decided to go full beat, something I never do: high coverage foundation, thick AF concealer, cream AND powder contour, overdrawn lips, the works.
Did I look good as hell in pictures? Absolutely! Was I worrying about my runny eyes affecting the makeup I so tediously worked on? 100%. Did my runny eyes affect the makeup I so tediously worked on? Oh, you bet it did.
I had no idea how the individual products were going to respond together, nor did I think that my watery eye issue would flare up mid-concert. If I were to do it again, I’d stick to my go-to, everyday makeup. This typically consists of some sort of cushion, a dab of concealer, a blush-highlighter combo, and brows. It’s my go-to for a reason, as it’s totally foolproof, wears well, and doesn’t get ruined when my eyes randomly decide to run like a faucet.
If you’re trying to be extra, amp up one or two steps of your regular makeup routine, as opposed to all of them. My favorite way is through liquid glitter — Holika Holika’s are a total lifesaver when I’m doing a rushed glam — and lots of mascara.
I get it — you want to look amazing. Here’s the thing: You already do! Whether it’s two layers or 20, sticking with your tried-and-true routine ensures maximum comfort and no worries of it getting ruined.
3. Beam like Bangtan
Before any show, I like to do an intensive mini facial that focuses on hydration. Maybe it’s dramatic, but it works. Concerts always wear me out and leave my dry skin lookin’ a bit rough, so I like to do a bit of prevention beforehand to avoid any damage. This also helps when taking billions of selfies while waiting in line — who doesn’t want to look like a glowing goddess on Insta?
To help you get that glow, why not get the perfect addition to your merch collection: BTS’s sheet mask collab with Mediheal. Aside from the ever-so-dreamy packaging and *14 photocards* (that wasn’t a typo), the Mediheal x BTS Hydrating Moisture Care Special Set comes with 10 sheet masks that are chock full of serious skin-loving goodness.
The NMF Aquaring Ampoule Mask is the perfect skin pick-me-up and packed with hydration superhero sodium hyaluronate, the salt form of hyaluronic acid. With a molecular size smaller than its counterpart, sodium hyaluronate not only has the ability to penetrate the skin even better than HA, it assists in absorbing all other skincare layered on top of it more effectively, creating a plump, radiant look to the skin. Additional ingredients include allantoin, which is known to smooth and soften the skin as well as assist in reducing the appearance of scarring.
The other mask in the set is the Teatree Care Solution Essential Mask. Consider this mask your breakout’s worst enemy — tea tree and rosemary extract’s antimicrobial properties decrease the production of acne bacteria, while chamomile and lavender soothe irritation, resulting in calmer looking skin. The best part of this mask, however, is the high concentration of Centella asiatica extract, the anti-inflammatory, free radical-fighting, scar-inhibiting fave of the K-beauty community.
4. Keep cool & mist on
Maybe it’s the K-beauty addict in me talking, but a facial mist is an absolute MUST in every phase of concertgoing. Makeup getting a little funky while waiting in line? Mist it! Arena’s AC failing you, leaving you a sweaty mess? Mist it! People next to you being incredibly rude? Mist them!
OK, just kidding, but facial mists are one of the most practical, life-saving items you could have in your purse. They’re multi-functional, work as both skincare and makeup maintenance, and come in tons of options.
Keep Cool offers a variety of mists for all needs, all of which contain the “Cool Keeper,” a proprietary blend of plant extracts that bring down skin’s temperature, set makeup, and deliver a burst of hydration.
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5. Finally, relax!
This may sound like an obvious one, but I’ve seen tew much not to say something about it. FAR tew much!
Listen to the security guards. Be nice to the arena’s employees. Offer your snacks and drinks to the people next to you. Simply put: Cooperate and others will cooperate with you. Don’t stress! It’s a concert, and concerts are supposed to be fun. Nobody paid an arm and a leg to have a miserable time. If you don’t end up in the exact spot you wanted in the pit, it’s fine. The world won’t end, and you’re still gonna see BTS, ahh!
There’s nothing more detrimental to a fun time than unnecessary anxiety. It can be totally nerve-wracking when you’re surrounded by so many people, but try to keep in mind that everyone has one goal in mind: watching seven super-adorbs, mega-talented boys. Have fun, get along, and enjoy the show together.
Are you super excited about the BTS concert? What are your tips for surviving the best night of your life? Share your tips with the community below!