Ballroom expert Mary Murphy may be best known on So You Think You Can Dance as the ‘Queen of Scream’ and for her ‘Hot Tamale Train’ but we wanted to know how she always keeps herself looking fabulous.
While talking to her we noticed that not only is she just as nice as we expected but she gets just as excited about makeup as she does the dancers on SYTYCD. But that wasn’t always the case. Mary didn’t grow up loving makeup and playing dress-up in her mother’s makeup.
“My mother never wore makeup and I was certainly a tomboy, I wouldn’t be caught dead near any of that stuff. And I grew up in such a small, little rural town nobody was really into any of that. I didn’t really have lipstick on until my junior year and that was because I was a majorette. And I might’ve put some mascara on but had eyeshadow whatsoever and I just remember seeing a picture of me with red lipstick and mascara. That was my first time being in the spotlight and hearing applause and liking it. I had no idea, I did not grow up dancing.”
After starting dance in college, including modern dance, she didn’t quite get on the makeup train until she started ballroom dance.
“It all really started changing for me when I got into ballroom which was over the top makeup and I flip flopped in my life from being this complete tomboy to going to the other extreme. Since that moment that I went into ballroom and I fell in love with makeup and to this day I think my makeup bag gets about ten pounds heavier every year, the older I get. I love it, I’m not a one line type of person. If there’s a kit involved I’m going to figure out what I need to buy to get that extra eye kit.”
Mary may not stick to one product line but there are definitely a few beauty products she can’t live without.
“I love Smith’s Strawberry Lip Balm, I love the smell. I love Jurlique’s Rosewater spray. I travel with that and there’s nothing that refreshes me more than sitting on an airplane and while my skin is dehydrating I squirt myself with this most beautiful rose water. Every time I get to a hotel room I put it on my pillows and I put it on my face when I get up in the morning. I love Anastasia’s eyebrow pencil. If I have to go out the door without doing anything else I always have to have eyebrows. I feel like you can get by with just a little mascara, some lipstick and some eyebrows and not do anything else.”
Any So You Think You Can Dance fan knows that Mary’s changes her hairstyle often but how does she keep her hair looking amazing?
“Since I’ve gone blond, in between I use KMS Color Vitality, which one of the hairdressers told me about. People think I’ve had my hair dyed that day once I give myself a little treatment. I also use a company called EVO, I use their shine spray right before I walked out on the show and if I feel my hair getting damaged I’ll wash my hair with their shampoo and conditioner and it really makes my hair feel good.”
Mary Murphy is on So You Think You Can Dance all summer Wednesday’s at 8pm EST on Fox and we can’t wait to see what she’s up to this season!