Beauty Lessons From Touring Musicians

Festival season is in full swing, and swarms of New Yorkers are heading to Randall's Island for Governors Ball this weekend (yours truly included). But while we're swaying to the beats, taking infinite Snapchats, and stomping our way through the mud, it's easy to forget that the folks serenading us are actually working. What's more is they're probably working far from home, and living out of suitcases on buses. Yet they still manage to grace the stage looking killer — usually without a glamsquad.

So we decided to bust up the mystique of the touring musician. What, exactly, do they do to keep themselves looking clutch on the road? We asked five badass crooners, who are all touring this summer, for their top beauty tips. Their list reads like the perfect blend of lazy-girl beauty and cool-girl savvy. If you thought their voices rocked, you'll love their go-to tricks.
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Brittany Hölljes & Elizabeth Hopkins Of Delta Rae

What's your on-the-road beauty routine?
Brittany: "I'm a big believer in natural beauty products and usually don't wear makeup. But when it's showtime, putting on my face is like a meditative, transformational ritual. Then I get onstage with the spirit of a bayou witch, lose my shit, and sweat 'til I'm dead. So washing my face at the end of the night is heavenly. I use a honey-and-milk cleanser by Sanitas and a Clarisonic brush to get a deep scrub."

Liz: "On the road, I don't take much with me. I usually bring a curling iron that I use on occasion. I try to let [my hair] do its thing. My makeup is pretty basic: foundation, a little eyeshadow, and mascara. Another product I usually have with me is dry shampoo with volumizer. If we have a long drive, a radio or TV performance in the morning, on-camera interviews, and then a show that same night, it’s a great way to just revive and pump up the 'do without starting over. Also, sleep is key!"

What are some travel beauty tips you've picked up while touring?
Brittany: "Less is more. I wash my hair twice a week, my makeup essentials fit in a tiny bag, and my toiletries have been whittled down to the most effective multitasking products. Also, be consistent. Even if it's 4 a.m., I always wash my face, moisturize, and use my Neti pot. Nothing else is consistent on tour, but my bedtime routine is. My skin and sinuses are grateful."

Liz: "With such frequent change in climate from being in a different city almost every day, plus having different conditions for each show — sometimes we’re inside a club, sometimes we play on a windy outdoor stage — I have found that moisturizing is very important. I put on a moisturizer with built-in SPF every morning before leaving the hotel, and every night before bed."

What are your "my-tour-bus-broke-down-and-I-can-only-save-three-products" must-haves?
Brittany: "Aveda Damage Remedy shampoo/conditioner, Aveda Inner Light mineral tinted moisture with SPF, and Maybelline mascara."

Liz: "Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizer with SPF 30, John Frieda Volumizing Dry Shampoo, and Christian Dior Mascara (it rocks)."

Three things you never leave for tour without? (Doesn't have to be just beauty.)
Brittany: "1. Workout gear. Bikram, weight-lifting, stuffing my face with late-night diner food...all activities feel better in yoga pants!
2. Kindle. Real books are much more romantic, but not so practical for limited backpack space. If I love a book I read on the road, I buy a physical copy when I get home to add to my bookshelf.
3. Neti pot. We shake a lot of hands, touch a lot of gnarly gas-station door handles, and generally run our bodies ragged. Using a Neti pot every night is almost a guarantee I'll be able to keep my vocal chords and respiratory system healthy."

Liz: "My Bose noise-canceling headphones, leather skirts, a good book."
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Sydney Sierota Of Echosmith

What's your on-the-road beauty routine?
"I wash my face with a natural face scrub and apply two different kinds of lotions (one that calms redness and one that acts as a primer) about 30 minutes before applying makeup. Also, I apply an eye cream under my eyes that has caffeine in it to wake me up. Being on the road, you don't always have the perfect mirror to get ready in [front of], so I decided to buy a makeup case that has a few beauty lights inside and a mirror that I bring everywhere. I set my case up, take out all of my brushes and makeup, and organize everything in order to be able to do my makeup easier. I spend somewhere around 45 minutes to an hour doing my makeup while my mom does my hair."

What are some travel beauty tips you've picked up while touring?
"Makeup wipes and dry shampoo! Both have come in beyond handy, every day. Just being honest, you can't wash your hair and face with water every day, so these tools are perfect."

What are your "my-tour-bus-broke-down-and-I-can-only-save-three-products" must-haves?
"Mascara, MAC Costa Riche eye kohl (you can create an entire look out of this one eyeliner), and my Original ChapStick. Can't live without it."

Three things you never leave for tour without?
"1. A sweatshirt that can be used as clothing and/or a blanket.
2. A jumprope, for a quick workout.
3. Nail polish for a quick touch-up, just in case!"
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Kris Brooks, On Tour With Sam Smith

What's your on-the-road beauty routine?
"On the road, I like an easy-breezy approach. You won't find me in makeup, I usually wear a pair of hotel slippers around the venue closer to stage time, and I like to wear fitted, but comfy clothes. I use natural-type products on my body — usually Dr. Bronner's or The Body Shop (great for those of us who have sensitive skin), and use washing gloves instead of a washcloth for a better cleaner and exfoliant. Once I switched to gloves, I noticed the difference in softness, and retained moisture in my skin almost instantly! I keep two pairs in my suitcase and rotate them. Once I hop out of the shower, I apply a body oil and mix it in with my body cream, and my skin is well-moisturized throughout the next day. I try to treat myself to a massage once a month, because between the bed bunks on the bus and long flights, my lower back can suffer. It can be pricey, but ladies, we can write these expenses off during tax season, okay?! Just keeping it real!"

What are some travel beauty tips you've picked up while touring?
"When you're in a new venue every day or changing hotels every other day, you have to make the most of what's provided. For example, I have to beat my face for every show. In the hotel bathrooms, you will always find cotton pads, Q-tips, a sewing kit... All of these things can be clutch when an 'uh-oh' moment happens, and also just to have for everyday makeup application. Those Q-tips are perfect to clean up that dramatic winged liner. I also don't wear makeup unless I'm onstage. Since I'm wearing so much makeup onstage, I want the polar opposite when I'm on my own time. This gives my skin a break, but mentally, it's [also] relaxing. Road life is tough and tiring, and some days you don't feel like putting on any makeup (this is me most of the time). I've invested in some undereye masks, Biore nose strips, and a facial mask — Origins charcoal mask — to do once a week to rejuvenate the skin. You can find alternative and less expensive ones from T.J.Maxx! They're small enough to put in your travel bag, so it doesn't take up much space, but has a big impact on your beauty maintenance."

What are your "my-tour-bus-broke-down-and-I-can-only-save-three-products" must-haves?
"1. Laura Mercier golden bronze primer. Let me tell you about this product, y'all. I could easily put this on every day. Yes, it is a primer, but it's very similar to my skin tone. So after I apply my moisturizer, I put a thin layer on my face and I instantly have that sun-kissed summer glow! They have different shades, so you can explore what would work for you.
2. MAC eyebrow pencil. If I put the LM primer on, I HAVE to fill in my eyebrows. It's not optional. After months and months of practice, I can confidently say my eyebrows are on fleek! I recently dyed my hair a copper-red, and currently rock their pencil in 'Strut.'
3. The Body Shop Body Butter in Shea Butter. As a girl who's dealt with eczema her whole life, I've always been self-conscious about my skin. I could not fathom having dry skin at this point in my life. The body butters from The Body Shop will take your skin to the next level. I have sensitive skin, so I am very picky with what I put on it. They use raw ingredients and natural products. You can't go wrong there!"

Three things you never leave for tour without?
"1. My Bose headphones (noise-canceling, so you can tune everyone out).
2. My neck pillow, because I refuse to fall asleep in someone's lap (I'm a head-nodder and an ex-drooler).
3. My iPad, so I can continue to work on the road, read all my e-books, watch Netflix and highlighting/contour vids on YouTube, tweet... You know, the important stuff!"
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Z Berg Of PHASES

What's your on-the-road beauty routine?
"Pretty similar to my routine at home. I'm not a huge preener or a product hound, but I like to have a good exfoliating face wash, all my makeup, and I'm an unabashed lotion addict. I often collect the little mini lotions from hotels for those occasions when I run out or lose mine, or just feel like smelling like a grandma or an herb garden."

What are some travel beauty tips you've picked up while touring?
"Drink a lot of water, eat as healthy as you can, and exercise! No product in the world can cover up the damage of eating Taco Bell and sitting on your ass. Do I sound like a mean mom, or what?"

What are your "my-tour-bus-broke-down-and-I-can-only-save-three-products" must-haves?
"Raw, extra-virgin coconut oil (which is amazing for your skin, hair, for cooking, in smoothies, and for oil-pulling, which I'm obsessed with. I swear I don't work for a coconut-oil company…), my MAC Lady Danger lipstick, and my perfume Lolita Lempicka that I've been wearing since I was 13."

Three things you never leave for tour without?
"At least three books (though usually more like nine), basically enough underwear for a year, and some liquid stevia."
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Lights

What's your on-the-road beauty routine?
"Face wipes for days! I use these magical inventions every morning and every night before bed, because the bus sink is small and annoying. Also, Kiehl's moisturizer and eye cream to keep my face plump are key. Hair is trashed all the time but I'm cool with it; I just load it with hairspray so it keeps some kind of form, because naturally it's very fine."

What are some travel beauty tips you've picked up while touring?
"Something that tends to get neglected when times get busy is the need for water. I always keep a bottle with me that I can refill as often as possible; it's actually my number-one beauty tip! All the recycled air on buses and planes can be really dehydrating."

What are your "my-tour-bus-broke-down-and-I-can-only-save-three-products" must-haves?
"ChapStick would be my number one; I've developed an unhealthy dependence on it over the years. Face wipes: See above. A full-body wipe-down can also double as a 'shower.' And eyeliner: I've got to feel styling and rep my look even when I'm stranded roadside."

Three things you never leave for tour without?

"I never leave for tour without my baby; that would probably be number one. Also, I don't like to travel anywhere without an acoustic guitar. You never know when inspiration will strike, or when you just want to sit down and lose yourself for a minute. It's even saved the show before. I remember at one festival it was pouring rain on stage and all of our keyboards were sparking, so I got up and did an acoustic set. It has proved itself worth towing everywhere since. Lastly, some form of gaming capability (Nintendo DS, Xbox, or just a few computer-game disks). One word: escapism."
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