After experiencing personal losses in 2020, country singer Carly Pearce has a lot to look forward to in 2021. Namely, the release of her highly-anticipated EP 29 and three Academy of Country Music Awards nominations. While Pearce possesses mega star power, she has a down-to-earth demeanor that makes you feel like you're chatting with the girl next door. A conversation with her is one peppered with laughs, candor, and of course, beauty secrets.
Though singing has been Pearce's passion since childhood, Pearce also developed a penchant for beauty at an early age thanks to her mother and grandmother. "My mom and my grandmother were both beauticians," she says. "I remember going to the beauty shop and trying on all of my mom's different makeup products and having her do my hair. Beauty is just a very big part of just my family." Ahead, Pearce tells Byrdie about the $9 mascara she's been using for years, the makeup application trick she picked up from a pro, her self-care routine during the pandemic, and more.
What has your day-to-day routine been like during the pandemic?
I'm a painfully early morning person. If I can have it my way, I'm in bed at 9 PM, and I'm up at 5 AM. I love to run, so I usually start my day with running. And a lot of times now, really all we can control as artists is writing music. Sometimes I go and write with people in person, but a lot of times, it's on Zoom. I've really gotten back into cooking, and it has been nice to have the space of my kitchen. I also got a puppy during quarantine, so she keeps me super busy.
How have you been practicing self-care?
I love candles, so I have all different kinds and scents. I'm big on meditation and prayer time. I do that every day. I've really enjoyed getting the space to do that and not be interrupted by the five grown men that I travel with in my band at all times. I've also really gotten into reading over the pandemic, and that seems to settle my mind pretty well.
During the pandemic, how has your beauty routine evolved?
I feel like when you do what we do for a living, and you're curling your hair all the time, wearing extensions, wearing tons of makeup, and not getting a lot of sleep, your skin and your hair take a beating. And so, unless I am working, I try really hard to give myself a break. I feel like the pandemic has really allowed my skin and my hair to take a little break.
What have been some of your beauty must-haves lately?
So I recently cut my hair off, and I've been using Zenagen, which has a hair growth shampoo and conditioner that I really love. My little secret weapon that I love so much is these CO2Lift masks on my face. A few different skincare gurus here in Nashville turned me on to them, and I love them. I try to do one of those every month or so.
I'm also a huge lip gloss girl. I really love Buxom. That whole line has a little bit of plump to them and all different kinds of gloss. I like lighter foundations. Even when I'm on the road, I'm outside playing shows, so I don't like to wear something super heavy. And so I like to use PUR's 4-In-1 Love Your Selfie Longwear Foundation & Concealer ($36).
Are there any beauty products you used when you were younger that you still use today?
My grandma and my mom both used L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara ($9). And I have found a few [mascaras] I like almost as much, but I continually go back to that one. It's kind of been passed down to a third generation at this point.
Have you picked up any beauty tricks from the makeup pros you've worked with?
I feel like I'm constantly trying to emulate what they do to me, and it never works. But one thing that I never did, but it makes complete sense to me, so I do it now, especially when I'm doing show makeup, is to do eye makeup before your face. I used to always do my face before my eyes. And the way they do it makes complete sense because you'll get all of the powder from your shadows all over your face, but you can just wipe it off before you do your foundation.
What's next for you this year?
I'm releasing my first EP collection since my last album release, which was in February of last year. It's been a long time since I've put music out. My producer passed away from terminal brain cancer right after that project was finished. So, this is a really large jump into a new musical space for me, and I'm excited about that. And hopefully, I'll be putting out another batch of music before the end of the year just because I've been writing a lot since that's really all I can do.