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Bridget Kelly’s close up

Jay-Z’s protege is a New Yorker with a debut EP that features The-Dream and Frank Ocean. She’s also got a mean flair for makeup. She shares some stage tips:

Lip balm that won’t catch flies: “I wear my hair down a lot so I’m not a fan of lip gloss,” says the Roc Nation singer, who is currently working on a new album. “MAC’s pink lip conditioner gives just a little bit of tint and looks like a gloss without the sticky shine. It’s just enough moisture to look like makeup.”

Beating the bad skin days: “The NARS Duo concealer in custard and ginger saves my life when I’m having a breakout,” Kelly explains. “It completely covers what I need covered. And if I have a show, MAC’s Studio Tech compact gives me complete coverage and a glow.”

The trick to cheek contouring: “I have high cheekbones, so it’s really easy for me to end up looking like a doll [when using blush]. For the best result I use a small brush with St. Tropez Bronzing Rocks. I contour the powder below my cheekbones by making a fish face and pouting my lips so I can see where my cheekbone line is. Then I just brush underneath it.”

On the perfect eye: “I have long lashes, so mascara easily starts to cake and I end up with tarantula eyes. L’Oreal Voluminous mascara really separates my lashes and adds a bit of lift so I don’t need eyelash curlers.”

Her beauty rules

1. “Wash your face twice a day to keep the skin fresh and the pores clean.”

2. “Find makeup that matches your neck. I often see women with all different shades on their face, neck and chest. That never works.”

3 “Never be afraid to try new things. I used to have a fear of lipstick as I used to find a heavy lip so overwhelming. Now I’ve started experimenting and I’m more comfortable with the idea, so I sometimes go for an orange, bright pink or dark purple lip.”

What’s in her make-up bag

St. Tropez tan-enhancing Bronzing Rocks, $40, www.st-tropez.com

NARS Duo concealer in custard and ginger, $30, www.narscosmetics.com

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous volume-building mascara in black, $7, www.lorealparisusa.com

MAC lipstick in Brave Red, $15, www.maccosmetics.com

MAC tinted lip conditioner SPF 15 in Petting Pink, $15, www.maccosmetics.com

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