Janelle Monáe: My On-the-Road Beauty and Health Tips

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Image: C.M. Wiggins/WENN.com

As you can imagine, things get pretty busy for me when I’m touring. I have a very specific character for the Electric Lady tour, so I have to be in performance mode. My makeup artist helps me with my look, but I don’t love heavy makeup — at all. I like to keep things simple in my beauty routine, so I go with a light liquid foundation. I swipe on my trusty CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Hot 305, topping it off with some CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher mascara, which always makes your eyelashes more bold than they really are.

I do a lot of heavy sweating up on stage. We do 90-minute shows — I’m moving around and it’s very high-energy. That often becomes my workout, just performing and being onstage. I guess you can say I exercise a lot, but really, I don’t realize I’m getting a workout while I’m dancing onstage because I’m always having so much fun. I try to keep a healthy, balanced diet on the road, though it can sometimes be hard. I try to eat a lot of salads while I’m traveling, but when I need a light, fluffy snack, I reach for my pita chips and hummus. 

I also drink a lot of water to stay healthy and preserve my voice on the road. I sip a lot, especially when I’m flying, since airplane travel can dry out your voice like crazy. When you use your voice, it is important to have a technique to preserve it. Over the years, I’ve developed a top secret system of warming up before the show and making sure I’m not overusing my voice after — that’s why it’s important to stay quiet post-performance.

But in terms of staying fit and healthy, a lot comes from within. The happier you are, the more your beauty comes out. When you have a good heart and positive energy, you and the people around you are better. And that’s the best beauty and health advice you’ll find anywhere. 

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