Secret Beauty and Skincare Routine of Shay Mitchell

Shay Mitchell is definitely a girl after our own hearts. We’ve pretty much known this ever since we first caught her on PLL – especially after she told us that one of her goals in playing her character, Emily, is to break stereotypes around the portrayal of LGBTQ characters. What clinched our undying adoration was her nonstop series of winning beauty moments. From her amazingly realistic blonde wig to her creation of the stealth lob, Shay has shown us time and time again that she’s a glam genius.

Most recently, we confirmed this for ourselves when we caught up with the actress and Biore ambassador to celebrate the launch of the brand’s Animal Print Pore Strips. We took the interview as a golden opportunity to soak up her extensive beauty wisdom, from skincare faves to strand savers. Read on for the highlights!

Product Picks:

Shay’s go-to destination for discovering new product? Totally not what you’d expect. “I have a lot of makeup from the drugstore,” she says. “It’s my favorite place to shop, and I could do my entire face with drugstore makeup. I love the CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara and Vaseline for a bunch of different things, like as a cuticle treatment and balm.” The two exceptions to her budget rule: “I’ll sometimes take a trip to Sephora to splurge on face oil and perfume.”

That’s one thing we know she doesn’t have in common with Emily. “I think her beauty routine would be five minutes or less,” she laughs. “She has her products she likes and that’s it. That’s not me at all – I like to try a bunch of different things!” It’s an endearing trait her PLL castmates are familiar with by now. “I think all the girls know that if they have a beauty-related question, they come to me,” she confirms. “I really love that we’re always giving each other advice. It’s less products for me, though, and more like where to get a massage or where to get hair color done.”

Routine Regulars:

Thanks to her constant experimentation, Shay is now well acquainted with what works for her and what doesn’t. “It’s important to moisturize,” she notes. “You should find products that get along with your skin. Always take off your makeup at night, and wash your face in the morning!” Beyond the basics, she relies on coconut oil after she gets out of the shower and a strip once every two weeks “to get all the dirt and oil out,” allowing her to start with a clean canvas once she moves on to makeup.

As for things that don’t work, there’s one trend that she can’t copy. “Those little freckle tattoos!” she exclaims. “I have natural ones, so I wouldn’t necessarily try them on myself, but I love how it looks when people do them! They’re so cute.”

Sundown Status:

As Shay points out, Emily’s nighttime routine tends toward the minimal. Shay – on the other hand – is a seasoned pro at PM glam. “I like doing a hair treatment once a week, because I’m always on set, and it can really get damaged fast,” she shares. “I like leaving in a treatment for about an hour while I take a bath.”

If it’s a bi-weekly pore strip night, she’ll add one of those as well. And FYI, we found out that one of the new designs is a (totally unintentional) nod to one of Shay’s spirit animals. “The first is a bottlenose dolphin,” she explains. “I’m just so fascinated by them, and they’ve always been my favorite animal. And another one would be a cheetah – they actually have that print on the pore strip!” As coincidences go, this one’s pretty wild.


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