Even if performing for sold-out stadiums isn't exactly on our agenda tonight, that doesn't mean we don't have lots to learn from the A-list musicians who do exactly that on a regular basis. Think about it: If Ariana Grande's go-to primer keeps her face shine-free during an hours-long, dance-filled performance, it can probably withstand your sweaty July commute, right? And aren't you just a tiny bit curious about the beauty items that populate Queen Bey's tour rider?
Look no further—we tracked down the beauty essentials that our favorite performers keep on hand even as they're crisscrossing the globe. From Grimes's fascinating use for lipstick to Selena Gomez's portable sauna (yes, really), keep reading to see their backstage must-haves.
RiRi has a flawless complexion to begin with, but in order to keep her face on lock while singing and sweating on stage, she swears by Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation ($62), says longtime makeup artist Mylah Morales. A demanding touring schedule can also dehydrate and dull skin, which is why the singer always has Crème de la Mer ($85) on hand too. Decadent skincare isn't the only way she indulges, either—her favorite dressing room munchies include Oreos and Hot Cheetos.
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No surprises here: The singer's beauty habits are as offbeat and innovative as her music. Abiding by a rules-free MO, she's known to don different glittery lip glosses, lipstick as eye shadow, acrylic nails, and even Halloween makeup from gig to gig. That being said, she does have a few consistent favorites including Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner ($19) for that signature cat eye, which is "super-easy to draw on," she tells Vogue. She also loves Josie Maran's argan oil-infused foundation ($45).
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Staying shine-free under harsh stage lights is quite an accomplishment, but Goulding makes it happen with a winning face base. Her secret: mixing Sisley's Oil Free Foundation ($122) with Chanel's Perfection Lumiére ($55). "They're expensive, but when I'm performing every night, I need quality makeup," she told us. As for her hair, she likes to perk up her strands on the go with Ojon's Full Detox Dry Shampoo ($24).
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The impossibly cool Kravitz prefers a simple, all-natural routine, which includes green favorites like Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap ($18) and organic coconut oil—the only product she ever uses on her hair. And since her touring schedule takes her far away from her NYC-based facialist, Dayle Breault, Kravitz stocks up on the esthetician's cleanser before heading on the road.
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To keep Grande's skin looking matte as she dances around, makeup artist Daniel Chinchilla starts off with a layer of Neutrogena's Shine Control Primer ($14). But while great makeup is obviously key to her look, the singer also credits her fresh face (and performance stamina) to sleep and lots of water.
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The self-professed beauty junkie always has an arsenal of products around—in fact, she credits her crazy schedule on the road for kick-starting her regimen. "When I started touring was when I started to take care of my skin," she told Into the Gloss. "I started having to wear makeup more often, and I would always fall asleep with my makeup on." Nowadays, she cleanses thoroughly with the help of the Foreo Luna ($169), and since sleep tends to be minimal while she's traveling, she targets persistent dark circles with Shiseido's Benefiance ($55). As for her bleached strands, Ferreira uses Pureology's Hydrate Conditioner ($56).
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Most of Gomez's backstage must-haves aren't too out of the ordinary—she likes to have lavender essential oil around to relax and sticks with Pantene for her glossy locks, for example. But then there's the portable sauna. "I have a sweat bed, which looks like a burrito that I wrap myself up in, and I sweat for about 45 minutes," she told Elle.com. "It releases all the toxins of your body."
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When the singer's tour rider surfaced a few years back, we learned that she has some very specific demands when it comes to her backstage space, from the candles she prefers (rose) to her preferred post-performance noshes (fried chicken). But we have makeup artist Sir John to thank for the scoop on Bey's beauty prep. "For shows, she lets me wing it, and we just go with it," he told Cosmopolitan UK. "Visine and Caudalie Beauty Elixir help me address signs of fatigue rather quickly, without relying on makeup." That's not to say that makeup doesn't help: "When I do opt for a tinted moisturizer or foundation," he says, "I mix in a few drops of Charlotte Tilbury's Wonder Glow Illuminator, resulting in a luminescent property in the overall look and feel of the complexion."
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