Natalie Gilmore Shares Her Stage Makeup Must-Haves & Life on the Road With Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods Tour
With limited space for luggage on the tour bus, Justin Timberlake dancer Natalie Gilmore makes sure her beauty routine can pull double duty. "Most of the stuff I use day to day I also use onstage," she says, adding that the dancers do their own hair and makeup for every show. "They give us a lot of freedom to use what we want, and I really enjoy getting to play with new products and experiment with different looks." That same freedom she has with her look carries over into her performance. "There's a lot of freestyle in the show," Gilmore says. "We have certain places we need to be, but we're able to map out how we want things to flow—I have a lot of fun with it."
Gilmore's day-of-show routine is fairly consistent no matter what look she's trying (or what country she's in). "When we get to the venue, I'll do some prep on my face before going to sound check," she says. "I like to do some kind of warm-up an hour and a half before the show to get my blood going and my mind working, but I like it to flow with how I feel. If I want an extra push, I'll do an ab workout, or I'll focus on stretching if I'm feeling tired that day."
Photo by Jayme Thornton
1) NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, $6.49
"These stay through the whole show, and they actually work best if you don't wear any balm underneath them."
2) Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper Black, $20
"It has a felt tip that makes it easy to get a straight line without too many mess-ups. Usually, I'll do a bit of a wing to open up the eye, and then I use a regular pencil liner on the waterline."
3) Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment, $38
"I'm quite simple when it comes to skin care. I wash my face after every show, use an SPF moisturizer, and I use this eye cream morning and night to brighten dark circles."
4) Ardell Lash Wispies Black, $4.99
"Always a go-to— these are the best false lashes."
5) Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, $45
"It doesn't feel super-heavy or clog my pores. I'm putting stage makeup on every other day, so I have to be conscious of what products I'm using."
6) Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, $23
"This is currently one of my favorites."
7) Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Match Stix Trio in Medium, $54
"I just got this set from Rihanna's line and she nailed it. There's a contour, highlight and concealer—plus, they're magnetic, so you don't lose them."
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