Tricks of the Trade: Kelly Sutton

An Emmy Award-winning TV host and radio personality, Kelly Sutton seems to never slow down. When she’s not hosting Today in Nashville on Channel 4, Country Roads on TuneIn and segments for, she can be found hosting red-carpet events for CMA, ACM, CMT, BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, Dove Awards, K-LOVE Awards and more.


Kelly has more than her fair share of tips for looking photo-ready, especially for getting glam on short notice. “I will tan with a tan towel if I can the night before,” she says. “But if I can’t, I will use Sally Hansen airbrush legs. Here is a tip: it works great on your arms too.” Beyond that, she has a few go-to products that she always keeps on hand. “I always have a great concealer (IT Bye Bye Under Eye), great mascara (Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume), Visine and MAC powder with me. I can make do with those things in a pinch if I have to.”  


When it comes to nutrition, Kelly has been doing intermittent fasting for the past few months. “I really love it,” she says. “I only eat between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. I do healthy carbs early on, and by dinner it is usually only protein and veggies. I have also been adding Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides to my coffee each day. I don’t do a lot of dairy and have changed over to mostly almond milk.” To stay fit, she works out with Kat Martino from Martino Fit. “She has helped change my body! I do weights three days a week and HIIT cardio three days a week.”


For red carpet fashions, Kelly trusts local designer Johnathan Kayne. “He has been one of my best friends for years, and if you see me on a red carpet, it will almost definitely be a Johnathan Kayne gown,” Kelly says. “He has beautiful designs, and they are very functional. For example, the dress I wore at ACM Awards this year had zip-off sleeves! Genius!” When she’s not in a red carpet gown, she says her go-to fashion item is a jumpsuit. “I realized I have four, and I’m slightly obsessed.”


From TV shows to red carpet events, Kelly has to be camera-ready day and night and ready to battle any beauty blemish that might try to show up. Not surprisingly, she’s got recommendations for beauty hacks to solve any dilemma. To treat puffy eyes, she calls Thomas Peter Roth 24K eye patches the “best product ever!” When humidity is an issue, she battles frizzy hair with Aveda Brilliant Damage Control or Chi serum. For dry winter skin, she relies on Extra Emollient Night Cream from Mary Kay. “My mother-in-law gave me some years ago, and now I have to have it during the winter,” she says.


1. MAC Studio Fix Powder

"It is full coverage and makes your skin look flawless."

2. IT Cosmetics Brow Power Pencil

"It’s great to use to fill in brows but still looks natural."

3. Pond’s Cold Cream

"My Grannie used it; my mama uses it, and I use it every night."

4. L’Oréal Self-Tanning Towelettes

"If I have an event to go to, I use one of these the night before. They are like magic."

5. Lash extensions or fake lashes

"Before I got extensions, I would glue fake lashes on every day. They completely change the look of your face. I loved Kiss Ever Ez Cluster Lashes and Duo eyelash glue."


Never go to sleep with your makeup on.