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Ellie Goulding used to dye her hair black

Singer Ellie Goulding doesn't like it when when "contour" their face with makeup because she thinks it gives too much of a "generic look".

Ellie Goulding used to dye her hair black but found maintaining the dark hue hard work.

The Anything Could Happen songstress reveals that as a teenager she would regularly dye her hair black after being deeply inspired by rock bands such as Pearl Jam and Incubus.

"I used to dye my hair black. That’s definitely something I won’t go back and do," she told Marie Claire online. "No one encouraged me, I don’t know where I got the idea from, but it was heavy maintenance."

These days the 29-year-old prefers to stick with her bright blonde shade, which is currently styled in a fashionable long bob or "lob".

The Pantene haircare ambassador explained that she now looks for hair products which keep her hair protected and voluminous as she really likes to stick closely to her natural look, and swears by keeping Olay face wipes, Clinique’s waterproof mascara and a lavender face spray in her make-up bag when travelling.

Ellie adds that she doesn't believe that women need to be really good at contouring to make their facial features look good, and the singer feels the make-up trend is "too much of a generic look".

"Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done some contouring with my make-up artist and it can be fun! But it’s good to keep your individuality. The best advice I’ve ever been given is that less is more. Piling on the make-up will never make it any better," she shared.

With regard to her exercise routine, the British-born beauty explains that she does a lot of boxing, sprints and running on the treadmill as well as yoga and stretching.

But while she likes to stay as fit as possible, Ellie doesn't deny herself the odd indulgence.

"I do have good abs underneath the alcohol belly that I’ve got going on right now!" she laughed.

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