For Miya Folick, On-Tour Beauty Is All About Little Luxuries—And Lettuce

For Miya Folick, On-Tour Beauty Is All About Little Luxuries—And Lettuce

For Miya Folick OnTour Beauty Is All About Little LuxuriesAnd Lettuce

Miya Folick wears her heart on her nails.

Right after a big break-up, the Los Angeles-based musician decided to paint them blood red, and she wore that color for a year after. Her 2015 EP, Strange Darling, features one hand of nails she polished herself—as a rightie, she could only paint her left—and the cover for her May 2019 single, “Malibu Barbie,” showcases a set of pink acrylics. Folick’s entrancing songs interrogate love, anxiety, and trauma (the track “Deadbody” is something of a #MeToo anthem: “The alternative title for this song was ‘Dear, Harvey,’” she wrote on Instagram), while her pared-back yet open-minded approach to beauty is evident in every visual accompaniment, be it a music video or Instagram post.

“When I made Strange Darling, I was finding myself in an active way, really trying a lot of things, and a lot of those things were beauty related,” Folick says. “I was wearing makeup for the first time, doing beauty for the first time, trying out what it felt like to wear more revealing clothing.” Growing up, she wore her hair down to her hips, and prided herself on taking a natural approach to beauty. This year, her choppy pixie cut has fluttered between shades of magenta, Starburst pink, and faded platinum. “I think makeup and beauty and nails is all so interesting, because as women…I feel like we’re not allowed to do anything without it meaning we care too much about other people’s opinions,” she says. Still, Folick is experimenting in the face of such societal tension.

For Miya Folick OnTour Beauty Is All About Little LuxuriesAnd Lettuce
Photo: Courtesy of Miya Folick / @miyafolick

She’s on the phone while she walks the 40 minutes to Modo Yoga (she and her girlfriend, Kristine Flaherty, the musician known as K. Flay, agree that walking in L.A. is totally possible—those who don’t consider it might just be lazy). It’s a brief stationary moment ahead of a packed fall schedule: Folick is currently on tour with Bishop Briggs, and headlining her own shows around the country. Last week, she released a haunting cover of Death Cab for Cutie’s tearjerker, “I Will Follow You Into the Dark.” Amidst all the movement, Folick stays centered with daily workouts and a beauty routine composed of only the essentials. Here, she breaks down the key steps for simple, on-the-go wellness.

Pack light, with small luxuries: “I think it’s important to have a beauty ritual that is extremely simple but that incorporates certain luxuries. So for me, when I go on tour, I bring the Japanese kind of exfoliation towel, but I cut it in half so it dries really easily. And then I bring Cetaphil moisturizer and face wash.” Folick also swears by Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen, and rosewater spray. “Misting my face with rosewater spray makes me feel like I went to the spa.”

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