Not only is Lucy Hale one of our favorite actresses (we can’t wait for Life Sentence to fill the Pretty Little Liars-sized hole in our heart), but she’s someone we consider a beauty icon. So many of our hair inspo pics are lifted right from her Instagram and taken straight to our hairstylists. Whether it’s a bold red lip or a neutral eyeshadow, Hale can rock almost any makeup look, so we trust any advice she gives us for our own beauty looks.
To celebrate Avon’s new True Color Glow Collection products, we got to chat with the Avon Brand Ambassador about highlighting, her perfect brows, and the cult beauty product she just treated herself to. If you’re wondering, yes, her skin looks just as flawless in real life. Lucky for us, Hale was nice enough to give us the lowdown on her skin care routine.
HelloGiggles: I have great memories tied to Avon from childhood. Did you as well?
Lucy Hale: I definitely do. I remember my grandmother used to wear this red Avon lipstick. That was like her thing. I don’t think I ever saw her without her red lipstick on. She could do it without a mirror and everything. That’s my first memory of makeup in general. It just so happens to be Avon.
HG: How long have you been working with them?
LH: I’ve been working with them for four or five years at this point, and it was a partnership that just really made sense. They really stand behind women and stand for a lot of really amazing things, and I love makeup and beauty products. It was just kind of a no-brainer.
HG: For someone who usually doesn’t contour or highlight, what are some tips you can give on how to use Avon’s new True Color Glow collection?
LH: I was really into contouring last year, and I still am, but I’m really into highlighting right now. Wherever light would hit, like on the bridge of your nose, or right above your cheekbone, I put it on the inner corner of my eyes when I’m really tired. I put it on my cupid’s bow and sometimes on my bottom lip. It just brightens everything up. And then for contouring, I just put it in the hollows of my cheeks. You literally just put it on and dab a little bit. I’m not a contour queen, I don’t have any more tips other than that, but what’s so great about these products is that they’re really easy to use, and moisturizing and light. These are really adjustable and blendable.
HG: What’s your nighttime skin care routine like?
LH: I love skin care. I love taking off my makeup at night. I double cleanse, and I use my facial brush to make sure I get all my makeup off. I exfoliate three times a week. Usually, after the shower, I’ll put on a hydrating face mask for 20 minutes, take that off and put all my serums on. Every other night, I’ll do a heavy sleeping mask or moisturizer, but I swear by retinol. Retinol is one of the main things that keeps my skin really clear, so I always pop that on too.
HG: Does your routine change when you travel at all?
LH: When I travel my skin gets dehydrated pretty easily, so I’m the crazy girl on a plane that has her face mask on. So, definitely heavier moisturizer when I’m traveling to the East Coast.
HG: What’s the one skin care tip you would want to give our readers? Would it be retinol?
LH: Well, because it’s not for everyone since it can be really aggressive, probably exfoliating. I think that we often forget that there’s a lot of dead stuff on our skin, so you have to get that off in order to keep your skin really bright and glowing. I swear by a good exfoliator.
HG: Are you more of a physical exfoliator or chemical?
LH: Both. I have a really good facialist who does the heavy-duty stuff, but I like a regular exfoliator that you can do in the shower or in the sink.
HG: You have amazing brows. What brow tips can you give us?
LH: Honestly, I genetically just have bigger brows, so I guess I’m lucky in that sense. I used to not let anyone touch them, and then I started seeing Kelly Baker who does my brows now. She can transform anyone’s brows, it’s pretty incredible what she can do. She’s taught me how you can highlight underneath them and brush them up and it makes them look twice as big without even filling them in. She has little kits, actually. I usually just brush them up, but you can fill in where you need to as well.
HG: Who were your beauty icons growing up, or now?
LH: Growing up, I was in the era of the pop stars, so I loved the Spice Girls. I remember being obsessed with Baby Spice. And now? I mean I love old Hollywood glam. There’s just a look that’s really hard to recreate. It’s just the timeless classic look that I’m really a fan of. I also get inspiration online — random people on Instagram that I don’t even know.
HG: For fun, what’s the last thing you bought online?
LH: The last thing I bought actually, was this facial serum by Biologique Recherche. It’s the P50 toner. It’s a game-changer. It smells horrible, but you put it on before your moisturizer morning and night and it just does something to everyone’s skin. I know it smells bad, but it works, so I bought like three of them, because it’s very hard to find.