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Talking beauty with Shay Mitchell

Talking beauty with Shay Mitchell

She has 24 million Instagram followers, almost 4 million YouTube subscribers and another 3 million or so Twitter fans. But sometimes Shay Mitchell just wants a break. With an upcoming role in Hulu’s Dollface, the former Pretty Little Liars star (and mega beauty influencer) shares how she stays balanced and pursues her dreams.

I didn’t always want to be an actress. I never took drama or any of that in high school or elementary—nothing. When I was younger, I wanted to be a marine biologist. I realized that wasn’t the career path I was meant for when I went scuba diving for the first time at 12 and I was terrified of the ocean. At 19, I decided acting is what I wanted to do, after coming back to Canada from living in Bangkok. I’d tried modeling, but it wasn’t for me—I enjoy food too much. I did enjoy the traveling aspect of modeling, and I loved the community that it built and being able to work with a lot of people to get the shot. I realized I could do that with acting and not have to fit into a size 0, so I startd going down the road, and I booked Pretty Little Liars. I was on that show for seven years.

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When I was playing Emily [on PLL], I was a completely different person than her. She had flats and only flats in her wardrove. But when I was playing Peach from You, the majority of her wardrobe was from my own closet, though my hair was a little bit more polished than what it would normally be. Obviously, You is super creepy just because it’s so relevant. It’s really easy to stalk somebody when you just have to follow their social media postings. There are safety precautions that you can take. I mean, knock on wood, nothing has ever crossed the line for me, but I’m very careful. If you post about where you are, people are probably going to come. I always post a few hours after I’ve left. That’s something everybody should do, celebrity or not, lots of followers or not.

I scout most of my glam squad on Instagram. Actually, I first saw Patrick Ta’s work on Instagram, and we had a trial where he came and did my makeup for a job. Now I joke with Patrick: I’m like, “I started you.” I’m kidding, but not. For me, getting ready for an event, most of the time, is more fun than the actual event. Being able to work with a team I feel comfortable with is huge. Back in the day, when I didn’t have a choice, it was a little but more difficult. I have a darker complexion, and I had trouble finding concealers and foundations that worked for me. I would make up my own concoction and take the dark-pigmented stuff and mix it with lighter ones to get my shade. Now there are more options, and I’m working with the best of the best, so I’m not scared to try new things.

I don’t color my hair—that’s where wigs come in. I dyed my hair platinum, and it just wasn’t a good look. My hair broke off and went brassy really quickly. It took a long time to get back to normal. But I do think I’m more experimental now than I was back in my 20s. Now i’m just like, “Why not? It’s just makeup. You can take it off.”

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When it’s up to me, my hair is what it is when I come out of the shower, and then I tend to just have really light makeup on. Skin care is my number one thing. To have good makeupm you need to have  a good canvas to start with. I take off my makeup with micellar water to really get it all off. Undereye cream is crucial—there’s nothing worse than having dryness underneath your eyes. When I do at-home beauty spa days, I fill up a big bowl of hot water and add essential oils, like lavender, and steam my face. If I want to wake up a little bit in the morning, I’ll use citrus oil. And if I have a shoot where I need even more of a wake-up, I’ll put my whole face in a bowl of ice water. It’s really good to depuff your skin.

I never go anywhere without my phone. Because if I were to go on a hike and this double rainbow shows up, I’d have to capture it. just for memory’s sake. But I think it’s important to know when to shut off. You need to be aware that when you look at Instagram what you’re looking at is a highlight reel, not real life. My Instagram feed is super curated—not for anyone else, just for me—but if you go to my Story, I’m taking you behind the scenes of everything. We’re all going through one thing or another, so we don’t need to pretend everything is perfect and rainbows. It gets a little cloudy sometimes, but that’s fine.

I found this little girl online who says “JOMO [joy of missing out],” the opposite of FOMO [fear of missing out]. That’s what I have every day of my life now. I see people going to these amazing parties and these amazing events, and I’m just happy to be watching it from my bed, hanging out with friends, watching Chef’s Table, and eating popcorn.Because when you’re having the most fun, you’re not posting about it. You’re living the moment.

— as told to Cotton Codinha

Source: Allure

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Shay Mitchell Just Designed a Suitcase That’ll Tell You If Your Luggage Is Over the Weight Limit

Shay Mitchell Just Designed a Suitcase That’ll Tell You If Your Luggage Is Over the Weight Limit

Listen: Shay Mitchell knows travel. The jet-setting actress, known for her starring role in Pretty Little Liars (or more recently, Netflix’s mega-hit series You), is no stranger to globe-trotting, and she has the hashtag and YouTube travel series to prove it (it’s #SHAYCATION, if you’re wondering). Add to that her successful launch of new travel accessories brand Béis, where you’ll find a range of smartly designed bags and other essentials made with function and style in mind (we’re talking items like a travel backpack that unzips generously, just like a suitcase, so you can take it with you overnight, for the weekend, or on the plane).

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Now Béis is launching its most requested item yet — rolling hardside luggage. But that’s not all. In true Béis style, these suitcases are more than just some plain, old thing meant to hold your belongings. These suitcases will actually tell you if your luggage is over the weight limit.

On the suitcase’s side handle, you’ll find a super-handy, built-in weight limit checker that’ll turn red if your packed luggage weighs more than 50 lbs. — no more anxiety about pulling up to the check-in counter, only to be hit with an excess baggage fee.

Available in both a carry-on and check-in size, the new Béis rolling suitcases range from $198 to $258 and are available on starting today. Go for the sleek, goes-with-anything black, or a clean, minimalist beige.

Other notable items launched in Wednesday’s drop include a stylish garment bag ($68, and a six-piece packing cube set ($58, Head to to shop the rest.

Source: Travel and Leisure

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Get The Cover Look | Gritty Pretty Magazine

Get The Cover Look | Gritty Pretty Magazine

She first hit our screens in a major way on hit TV drama Pretty Little Liars, and now with a decade’s worth of experience in the acting industry, 32-year-old Shay Mitchell is continuing to make waves both on and off the screen. Along with launching her own accessories business and managing a massive social media presence, Mitchell is a woman who’s seriously in demand.

Capturing the cover of the Winter 2019 issue of Gritty Pretty Magazine at Los Angeles’ iconic Smashbox Studios, it was a day to be remembered when Gritty Pretty teamed up alongside L.A.-based Australian photographer Sylvè Colless, stylist Monica Rose and Shay’s trusted glam team, celebrity makeup artist Ariel Tejada and hairstylist Jesus Guerrero.

Vivacious and bubbly, Shay’s energy was infectious on set, dancing, singing and laughing in between takes — and filming for her Instagram stories, of course. Renowned by her followers for her signature sultry glamour, Guererro wanted to create an undone, raw edge for her Gritty Pretty cover look.

Shay’s look is very sophisticated and sexy, so I wanted to integrate soft waves to further enhance the sultriness she already has. I wanted to create an ‘I-just-worked-out’ hairstyle for Shay—it’s natural, sexy, and youthful. Firstly, I made sure that her hair was damp but not wet, and I prepped it with a texturiser and roughly blow-dried it in. Once her hair was completely dry, I used a one-inch curling iron to create the waves, alternating between one- and two-inch sections before using a comb to break apart the waves to add volume. Lastly, I applied the Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray through her hair, then spritzed with Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion to finish.

— Jesus Guerrero, Celebrity Hair Stylist

Find out what happened behind the scenes of the cover shoot…

Source: Gritty Pretty

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Shay’s New World | Gritty Pretty Magazine

Shay’s New World | Gritty Pretty Magazine

Actress. ENTREPRENEUR. Social media queen. YouTube star. Shay Mitchell talks exclusively to HAYLEY D’ONOFRIO about taking on HOLLYWOOD, building her business and the transformative effects of beauty.

Shay Mitchell has never been one to shy away from experimenting with her look. She recently stepped out on the red carpet at the iheartRadio Awards sporting a platinum blonde wig so cleverly concealed that she nearly fooled her fan base into thinking that she’d coloured her hair. “I love that hair and makeup can make you feel a certain way,” says Mitchell down the phone from Los Angeles in the weeks following her Gritty Pretty Magazine cover shoot. “It can completely change me into a character—I might become Shay-oncé. Or maybe Shay-Lo,” she laughs, the latter she tells me is the nickname her friends coined due to her obsession with Jennifer Lopez. Mitchell’s love of beauty grew from a young age: “Ever since I was little and I saw my mum apply lipstick, makeup has always been something I’ve loved watching,” she says. It’s also something Mitchell likes to share with her over 24 million Instagram followers, regularly documenting her experiences in the glam chair with the likes of makeup artist Patrick Ta. “I work with such talented artists that I love to share the tips and tricks they always share with me—I feel like I owe it to the world,” she laughs.

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At 32, the self-confessed beauty-obsessed actress has spent many a day in the glam chair. After leaving high school with no immediate plans to become an actress, she relocated to Bangkok at 17 to work as a model. “I actually wanted to be a marine biologist when I was younger! I think I had an idea that I would do acting later on in life but I didn’t take want to take any drama classes. I’m kind of happy I didn’t because I think I came into acting at the perfect time for me.” Returning to her native Canada, she appeared in Degrassi: The Next Generation—which she explains is a rite of passage for Canadian actors, much like a stint on Home & Away is for Australians—before scoring a lead in hit television series Pretty Little Liars. Playing the role of Emily Fields, Mitchell maintains that doing the character justice was the most difficult part of her seven years on the show. “The writers had given me such a great storyline and it was a really fun  role to play but it was also a really important role to play. I tried not to put too much pressure on myself because I was trying to play [Emily] as authentically as I could.”

When the show wrapped in 2017, Mitchell filmed cult Netflix drama You in New York City. “It had always been one of my goals to live in New York and film something, and I got to really live out my Gossip Girl fantasy by shooting across from Penn Badgley, which was amazing.” And the roles keep on coming; Mitchell is currently in production for television series Dollface, which co-stars Esther Povitsky and Kat Dennings, with Australian Margot Robbie on board as one of the executive producers.

Slated for release later this year, the plot centers around Dennings’ character, who tries to reconnect with her girlfriends after a breakup. “We just did the upfronts together in New York,” says Mitchell excitedly. “The character I play, Stella, she’s the laidback one. She’s a world traveller, easy-going, loves fashion, and has an extreme confidence within her—it has been really fun to play her and experiment with different looks. The script is funny, and it’s a comedy,” a genre that Mitchell says she hasn’t yet dabbled in and is clearly enjoying.

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Following in the footsteps of other actresses-turned-entrepreneurs à la Jessica Alba with The Honest Company and Gwyneth Paltrow with Goop, Mitchell decided to further her already impressive résumé by launching her own accessories brand BÉIS at the end of last year. Inspired by Mitchell’s love of travel, BÉIS encompasses luggage tags, travel organisers and cosmetic cases in chic, understated tones that are all at an affordable price point. “I think everyone should get out there and see as much of the world as possible—you grow more as an individual,” she explains. “In saying that, some people fear travelling because they’re going out into the unknown, but that should be exciting! It is only exciting if you feel prepared, and feeling prepared means you [travel]  with things that make you feel comfortable. That’s where the idea for travel bags came in; I wanted them to be chic, functional and affordable.”

I work with such talented artists that I love to share the tips and tricks they always share with me—I feel like I owe it to the world.

Starting BÉIS hasn’t been without its challenges though, particularly when it comes to laying down the ground rules—Mitchell is extremely hands on, and across everything from design to product conception and delivery. “It’s different when you’re doing a collaboration with a brand because you’re walking into their world but this is my world that I’ve created and I set the tone. I’m not just the face anymore; this isn’t an endorsement,” she explains. Juggling both careers would be difficult to manage for most but Mitchell takes it in her stride, and thrives on the hectic pace. “It’s what I’m most passionate about. I love being busy about things that I love doing—it excites me to get up in the morning and go to the office or a photo shoot for BÉIS.”

Another arm to her profile? Social media, but Mitchell doesn’t place as much emphasis on it as you might think. She started her YouTube channel well before the medium turned mainstream, as a different way to connect with her audience and to create her own content. From documenting her holidays around the world—also known as her Shaycation series—to beauty and cooking tutorials, her engaging, conversational 

tone and real talk are an undisputed hit with her fans—at last count, she has amassed over 3.7 million subscribers. The same can be said for her Instagram account @shaymitchell, and with that in mind, I ask her what it’s like to directly influence over 24 million people. She pauses before answering: “I never really think of it like that,” she says earnestly. “I’m as authentic as I can be on my socials, and what you see is what you get—that’s who I am, and I don’t take myself too seriously. There are a lot of smoke and mirrors out there, and to be honest, the parties I go to, if they’re really fun, I’m not putting them on my stories. If you’re having the time of your life, you’re not on Instagram.”

I’m as authentic as I can be on my socials, and what you see is what you get—that’s who I am, and I don’t take myself too seriously.

Mitchell’s personal take on social media, and also the importance she places on working—and working hard—is both refreshing and inspiring in a time where the desire for fame and celebrity—both on and off the Instagram grid—is so highly regarded. “At the end of the day there are much more important things to focus on that what I upload to IG,” she explains. “I want to be remembered that I left people feeling a little better than they did before, to make them comfortable and happy, [and to] inspire.”

With plans to expand BÉIS—a luggage collection launches this month—and to continue her reign as one of the up-and-comers in Hollywood, make no mistake, Shay Mitchell just getting started.

Source: Gritty Pretty

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Spring/ Summer Lookbook – Under $100

Spring/ Summer Lookbook – Under $100

Shaytastic! A brand new video is up on Shay’s YouTube channel. This time it’s a fashion video with looks under $100.00 by ZAFUL. Shay’s description:

For this week’s video, let’s do some LA Math: Pizza on Venice Boardwalk: $4 Ferris wheel ride for Insta pic: $6 Selfies with me on Third Street Promenade: $20 (just kidding) A full look from Zaful: never over $100

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Emmys: 30 Supporting Actors Pose for Star-Studded Class Photo

Emmys: 30 Supporting Actors Pose for Star-Studded Class Photo

For THR’s annual class photo, 30 top TV actors reveal which co-star they’d call to bail them out of jail, the scene that had them squirming and what their dream spinoff would look like.

The show you never missed as a teen?
“I’d say The Wonder Years. We watched that every single time it came out.”

The co-star you’d call to bail you out of jail?
“Penn Badgley. He’s just solid, so I feel like I could really rely on him to come through. Or he’ll just figure out a way to get through, you know, one or the other.”

What would a spinoff of your show be?
“If there was a spinoff, I would want Peach’s secret twin sister Tangerine to come back and really mess stuff up with Penn and do, like, the reverse stalking so she gets the revenge that Peach never got to have.”

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter