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On the Road With Singer-Songwriter Madi Diaz

We’ve got a little girl crush on singer-songwriter Madi Diaz. The songstress grew up in Lancaster, PA, the middle of Pennsylvania Dutch country, before attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music. (You might also recognize her from the 2005 documentary, Rock School.) Equal parts pop and country-tinged Americana, her debut single Let’s Go has been playing on repeat at Birchbox HQ. Earlier this month, we saw Madi play live at the Mercury Lounge and loved her retro-tinged style and rock star long locks. We caught up with the talented road warrior to find out her tour must-haves. Click through for Madi’s everyday beauty necessities. 

What’s your on-the-road beauty routine? 

My must-haves are face wash and moisturizer. I don’t tend to wear a ton of makeup, but I always like to feel clean (which can be a hard feeling to come by when you’re packed in a van). In the morning, I wake up and go for a quick run or through a yoga routine so I can sweat out excess toxins and pry my pores open. Afterwards, I hop into a hot shower and wash my face with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser. After I dry off, I moisturize with Nivea Creme on my body. Next, I use Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion on my face. 

At night, I try to wash my face and moisturize before bed to strip off the day’s dirt. But let’s be real: sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Mornings are my savior.

What’s the one essential beauty item you take with you everywhere?

My favorite product is Make Up Forever’s multipurpose Aqua Cream. I love the orange shade on my lips: it pops like nothing else. 

Your hair looked great on stage. How do you normally style it?

I use Suave Rosemary and Mint Shampoo and Conditioner, and I never blow dry. I get out of the shower, brush it, and hope for the best! I like a good leave-in conditioner every once in a while: Bumble and Bumble’s Leave In (Rinse Out) is my favorite. 

—Mai

We’re no rock stars, but if we were heading on a cross-country tour, we’d pack a heavy duty dry shampoo. Our pick: Blow NY’s Faux Dry.

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