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Kellie Pickler hosts the CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock, which airs September 8 on ABC. She’ll join friends Taylor Swift and Julianne Hough in hosting the two-hour music special, and she teamed up with OK! to help get ready for the big night.

The 22-year-old country darling comes clean about her approach to makeup.

“I think less is more,” the North Carolina native says. “I think a lot of people wear way too much makeup, but less is more. It’s all about picking one thing to highlight. If you’re going to do a dramatic eye, everything else should be very subtle. If you’re going to pick out the lips and do a red lipstick, then everything else should be subtle. I think you pick one thing to highlight, and mostly for me, if I had to pick my keeper out of everything, I love mascara. Sometimes I just put mascara on. During the day, I don’t ever wear foundation, blush or eyeshadow. I’ll put mascara on and maybe a little frost or chapstick.”

She continues, “I try different mascaras all the time. When Debbie does my makeup for different events, she always uses the Giorgio Armani foundation and powder. And then I love MAC. I have every MAC lipgloss imaginable. For mascara, I honestly find the kind at Walgreens or Wal-Mart or whatever is the best. There’s a new one from Cover Girl that’s called Lashblast. It’s in an orange thing. Lately I’ve been using that, but I have 40,000 mascaras. For a girl that doesn’t like makeup, I have a lot. Most importantly, at the end of the day, wash your face. My favorite is from MAC, it’s called See Through. It’s the lipgloss. Mostly I just wear that.”

Kellie’s style has evolved as her career has picked up steam beginning with her finalist-making stint on American Idol in 2006.

“Honestly, when I was a kid, younger, I was such a tomboy,” she says. “You would’ve never caught me dead in a dress. My grandparents raised me, and my grandma, all she could do is get my hair curled and pinned back pretty for picture day. By the time the day was over and I came home from school, I’d have holes in my pantyhose and my dress shoes would be scuffed up. My hair would be matted, and I’d have dirt on my face. I was such a tomboy. It’s crazy to see that now I’m into dresses and high heels and just how much I’ve changed from being a little girl into a woman. It’s fun to look back at pictures and think ‘wow, I would’ve never worn this ten years ago.’”

What are her style tips now that she’s worked with the pros?

“I‘ve learned you can’t really compare yourself to other people,” Kellie says. “You can’t look at what someone else is wearing, and think ‘oh, I want to buy that’ because everyone’s body is shaped differently. We all have great things about our body, our assets, and you pick things that compliment your body’s shape. If you’re going to show off your legs, you should be more conservative with everything else. I think you should do your clothes like you do your makeup. You pick one thing to accentuate, and make everything else subtle. That’s the thing that people look at – ‘wow, she has amazing legs,’ or ‘gee, she has such a thin waist.’ You pick one thing and work everything else in your outfit around it.”

She continues, “My favorite thing would probably have to be my waist. It’s weird. When I gain weight, the place it goes is my butt and my thighs. I would consider myself more pear-shaped. I pick things based on that. I like things more fitted around my waist. And I’m short, I’m like 5-foot, 5’1,” so I pick things that are more fitted because when I wear things that hang down, it doesn’t really look good on me because it just swallows me.”

For a behind-the-scenes look at Getting Ready With Kellie Pickler, pick up the OK! on newsstands now. "Jen Gets Revenge" is the cover line.

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