This past weekend I was able to catch up with CCMA nominee Lindsay Broughton, and chat with her about her stay in Halifax, her CCMA nomination for Rising Star, and of course - her beauty must haves. For those who might be unfamiliar with Lindsay, her website is http://lindsaybroughton.com and you can also find her on YouTube! Keep reading for the full interview, and of course Lindsay's must have beauty products!
GMB: So nice to meet you Lindsay! I know you're here for the CCMA's congratulations on your nomination! How are you enjoying the East Coast?
L: Nice to meet you too! Thank you! This is actually my first time in Halifax! The humidity is killing me, seriously I don't know how you guys do it. But the people have all been so nice! I haven't had much time to actually explore the city, or try many restaurants, but it is definitely on my list of places to come back to!
GMB: Yes, the humidity is a nightmare especially when it comes to hair. As an East Coaster, you find products that help and eventually you get used to it! The first question that pops into my mind is: was singing something that you always wanted to do professionally?
L: (Laughs) Actually, no. I have always loved music, and would put The Little Mermaid on repeat and sing to all the songs when I was a child. I am sure I drove my family crazy, but it was just something that made me happy. My mother was in a country cover band, but I always had people tell me music is a "dream career" and I should be focusing on something more realistic. My plan was actually to go to Law School, but when I started uploading my music to MySpace, offers from labels started coming in, and to be honest, it was kind of an accidental career!
GMB: Did you ever work a normal job before breaking into the music industry?
L: Well, I was fortunate enough to get a record deal straight out of High School, but I used to drive the Zamboni at my local rink. I remember being at work around 5:30am and watching the Timbits hockey players wave at me through the glass. I loved it, but I am glad I don't do that anymore!
GMB: Wow, that's the most Canadian first job ever. I absolutely love watching the Timbits hockey players, they are adorable!
You're classified as not only a singer, but also a songwriter... Where do you draw your inspiration from when writing your songs?
L: Absolutely everywhere. I used to write poems frequently, but I found people just didn't connect with them. When I started songwriting, I just started writing about things that I've gone through in my life. The best songs come from within, and I feel like I connect so much more with the song when it's a personal subject. My father left when I was younger and I wrote the song "Where you gonna be?" My first album is pretty much the story of my life.
GMB: I totally agree. I feel like you can tell when an artist is singing from their heart, or singing a song that was written by somebody else! So who are your biggest country music inspirations?
L: Oh lord that's a hard one. There are so many people I could name right now. The first thing that comes to my mind are The Judds. I know it sounds cheesy, but they're a mother daughter duo, and I always think of me and my mother when I see them. I used to go up on stage with my mother when I was younger and sing into my karaoke microphone, so The Judds have always had a soft spot in my heart. Shania Twain and Garth Brooks are two others. And even Canadian talent. I have been seeing so many different showcases lately, and there is just so much talent in this country. Everytime you see someone with talent and passion, it inspires you to keep moving and improving.
GMB: Any dream collaborations you'd love to do in your career?
L: Wow, again there are so many. Of course The Judds, but also Dallas Smith. I was a fan of his from his band Default, and also a huge fan of his country music.
GMB: Lindsay do you ever feel pressure from the industry to act or to look a certain way?
L: That's a great question, no one has ever asked me that before. I mean, as a female, we are always the hardest on ourselves. I try my best to be level headed, but it's always in the back of my mind that something could be better. I have gone through media training to deal with certain situations but I have never been told something about me needs to change. I have an amazing team and wonderful people around me, I came from a good sturdy home with values and I grew up with brothers, so I know how to hold my own!
GMB: So I absolutely have to ask about your beauty routine. Everyday life and performing on stage require two very different makeup looks. Which do you prefer?
L: Honestly, I wear so much makeup on stage and for photoshoots that on my days off I barely wear anything. It's so nice to let your skin breathe. Layers and layers of makeup under hot lights night after night can really take its toll on your skin, so it's important that I take care of it the best I can.
GMB: There are three types of makeup lovers in the world. High End lovers, Drugstore lovers, and girls like me that don't care what it is as long as it looks pretty. Which one are you?
L: I like a little of everything. I'm no expert by any means at makeup, but I do love a good drugstore find. Sometimes the things you buy at Sephora are disappointing for the price point, and you'll find something better (and cheaper) in the drugstore. I recently tried a new foundation from NARS, and it creased so badly and didn't last at all on my skin. The Maybelline Superstay outperforms it for a third of the price!
GMB: When you need your makeup done for performances and shoots, do you have a professional do it, or do you do it yourself?
L: I almost always do it myself. Sometimes you don't always like what other people do, and I feel like I can get it done a lot faster when I do it myself! Sometimes at certain events they have a makeup artist ready for you, so in cases like that, you don't really have a choice.
GMB: One of my favorite questions to ask people about their beauty routine is... You have zero time to get out the door in the morning. There is 30 seconds to grab one product and put it on. What do you reach for?
L: I would say my BB Cream. I use the Aveeno one and I love it. It makes my skin look more even without looking too made up, and it has an SPF protection!
GMB: Alright, let's get into the must haves. You're travelling now, so let's see what's in your makeup bag. If you brought it with you, it must be important and reliable!
L: Okay, here it is, these are my must haves when I am travelling!
Maybelline Baby Skin
St Tropez Self Tanner
L: Thank you so much Sara, it was so nice talking to you, and I will definitely be back in Halifax soon!
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