Sara Evans was born to be a country star. She grew up riding horses and working on a farm in Missouri. Evans started singing at the tender age of 4Â years old, then went on to perform in local bars beforeÂ her big break.
Now, sheâ€™s released eight albums, appeared on Dancing With the Stars, and most recently started her own record label, Born to Fly Records. Evansâ€™sÂ family has helped her along the way in her success. Her brother, Matt, plays bass and her sister, Lesley, sings backup in her band. She keeps it in the family when it comes to beauty too, and Evansâ€™s hair and makeup artist is her sister-in-law, Kaelin. Now, her oldest daughter, Olivia, 14, sings backup vocals on her upcoming album, Words, set to drop on July 21.
While Evans is a country girl through and through, she doesnâ€™t fit the stereotypical country star mold, and she owns it. â€œItâ€™s so funny because [the ideal of what a country star looks like] has changed so much. It used to be all the big hair and rhinestones and all that, and I think I might have wanted to change that back then,â€ Evans toldÂ Yahoo Beauty at the CMA Fest in Nashville, Tenn. â€œBut I am legitimately a country girl, a farm kid, so everything about it was very authentic to me.â€
For Evans, confidence is the key to her best performance, and looking and feeling her best plays an integral role in that. â€œI have such dry skin, and I also have good legs, so I love to wear shorts and high heels, especially onstage. But there are times when itâ€™s really, really hard to feel like youâ€™re truly moisturized and that your skin looks great and itâ€™s not going to go dry an hour after you put lotion on,â€ says Evans of prepping for shows. â€œAnd so the Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer is just unbelievable and so time-saving. Because you put it on in the shower, then you get out and you dry off and you go.â€ The Wet Skin collection from Jergens and Curel is shown to end dry skin with regular use, so we see why her skin looks so hydrated.
At times, finding confidence can be challenging for Evans, who admits that pressure to look youthful can be overwhelming. â€œYou have things about you that feel weird as you age and as people see you. Not that Iâ€™m old, Iâ€™m just saying, in some ways [being in the public eye] puts more pressure on you to look the same way you looked 10 years ago,â€ says Evans, mentioning her stintÂ onÂ Dancing With the Stars as a timeÂ whenÂ she felt such pressure.
She continues, â€œI think thatâ€™s self-induced stress that I put on myself â€¦ especially in weeks like [CMA Fest] when we come up and everyoneâ€™s here and you see all the artists that you havenâ€™t seen in a while. I do think that I put a lot of pressure on myself to look great, and if I feel like I have a day where I didnâ€™t look great, then Iâ€™m mad at myself.â€
One of the things Evans does to boost her self-esteemÂ is make sure her beauty look is on point. For her, that means having perfect brows. â€œI always try to keep an eyebrow pencil with me in my purse, just in case it rubs off. But Iâ€™ve gotten so bad that I will get up in the morning and I have no makeup on or anything, thatâ€™s the first thing I do, even if itâ€™s the only thing I do, is put brows on,â€ she says, citing the Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencil in Brunette as her go-to product.
â€œIt makes all the difference in the world when you have no makeup on and you put brows on. Even if Iâ€™m only going to see my husband, itâ€™s gotten to the point that I will never not color in my brows because I just look totally naked,â€ she says. Evans is interested in gettingmicroblading, as she even sleeps in her makeup to avoid not having filled brows.
Keeping fit on the road is particularly important for Evansâ€™s onstage confidence as well. â€œBeing on tour for me, actually, I think makes me healthier. Because I am really self-conscious about, if I have to go onstage tonight, I have to get into these jeans, and I need to get in front of all of these people,â€ Evans says.
â€œWhereas being at home I can get more lax. Iâ€™m cooking and just home with the kids and weâ€™re just going to watch a movie tonight and no pressure at all, I can just be in my sweatpants. But being on the road, I definitely up my game. Every time Iâ€™m on a run of shows I feel like I get better [about health and fitness] because of the pressure.â€
Still, Evans feels like her strongest self when sheâ€™s with her family. She explains, â€When I have great mom moments, and my kids do something or respond to me in a way that I know all my hard work in mothering them and teaching them has paid off.â€
For her, motherhood was a turning point that helped her come into her own. â€œRight after I had my first child, who is now 17, it just changed everything about me. I felt like, â€˜OK, I am now the happiest I have ever been,â€™â€ Evans says.
â€œI felt so confident being a mom and I decided when I was nine months pregnant with him that I was going to be the cutest mom that anyone has ever seen. So right after he was born, I got in shape and grew my hair long and started getting ready to make my Born to Fly album. Becoming a mom gave me so much confidence and it grounded me so much, and it is still my favorite thing in life.â€