Taylor Swift will accept the CMA Pinnacle Award on November 6 during the 47th Country Music Awards ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee. The award was created in 2005 to ‘recognize an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence through concert performances and record sales at levels unique in Country Music.’ The only other recipient of the award was Garth Brooks in 2005. The CMAs will air live Wednesday on ABC from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM.
Yahoo! Fashion interview: What style tip would you share with our readers? I feel bossy telling people what to do, but I think the best option for what to wear is something that won’t make you cringe in 20 years, like passing trends. When everybody’s wearing neon, I’m not. When everybody’s got spikes on everything, I’m not doing that. When everybody’s trying to look tough, I’m not. When you ignore fads and just wear what you like that’s classic and simple, I think that’s the way to go for longevity as far as style is concerned.
Taylor Swift and her style crush, Lena Dunham, have a moment at the Billboard Awards. Which of your peers do your think has great style? I always like what Lena [Dunham] wears, because it’s always so her. She knows how to dress in a way that represents her personality. It’s so perfect, because she’s just being herself with her fashion choices, and I think that’s my favorite thing. It’s very brave to showcase who you are by what you wear.
Who are your style icons? Do you know who Cyd Charisse is? She is my favorite right now. I keep looking at photos of her looking so classic. She’s my style icon of the moment. I always waver between Audrey Hepburn, Francoise Hardy or Jane Birkin.
What’s your current go-to outfit on a day off? When I’m just kind of wandering around, I really like skinny jeans and a sweater. And I’ll throw on some maroon or darker colored Keds during fall and winter. The black velvet ones are nice for nighttime.
What’s your go-to outfit for a night out? Usually I’ll wear a dress and tights, or a little skirt with tights and a sweater. This sweater weather is my obsession right now.
What’s your typical beauty regimen? My makeup artist does my look for concerts, but when I’m doing it myself, I have to make a choice: Is it going to be a heavy eye look or a heavy lip look? If I’m gonna do a red lip, I’ll do a simple cat eyeliner look. But if it’s going to be a smoky eye, I’ll do a nude lip or barely any color on the lip. You don’t ever want to appear like you’re wearing too much makeup. If you have a heavy eye and a heavy lip, people are like, ‘Wow, what are you covering up?’
Is there anything you do to pamper yourself or wind down?
I love baths, and I love listening to music alone in my house. For me, that’s the extent of my luxurious activities. I don’t do manicures, pedicures, facials, or massages really. Wait a minute. You don’t do your nails?! I paint them. Oh, you paint them yourself.
What is your must-have beauty item when traveling on tour? I always have something for red lips. You’re sort of known for that! What’s your favorite red lipstick shade? Yeah! [Laughs.] I don’t know. I’m like a 7-year-old. I don’t really have the patience to sit there with my hands not moving for 20 minutes. I find luxury in very simple things.
There’s a Make Up For Ever lip stain that’s really good. It’s red lip stain on one side and gloss on the other. [Editor’s note: It’s Aqua Rouge in Iconic Red, $24] Your bangs are always so perfect — they’re actually very Jane Birkin! How often do you trim them? Oh, thank you! It’s been something like three weeks and they’re really long now. Usually when I’m on tour, I get them trimmed every two weeks so they don’t get in my eyes. I’m letting them grow, and I think I’ll know when the time is right to cut them.
What item do you always have in your purse? I always have several cameras because I love taking pictures.. They’re digital, but sometimes I like the classic Polaroids. Is there anything unusual on your tour rider? No! Riders are so funny. I don’t even think I have one! You don’t ask for any candles or special foods or anything like that? No! The only thing I like to have is water.’