Ashley Benson wants to listen to Drake and dance to Beyoncé on set—and those are just a couple of the many reasons that everyone on our shoot fell head over heels for the Pretty Little Liars actress. Benson, who starred in last year’s much-discussed Spring Breakers and more recently joined the ensemble cast of HBO's adaptation of Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Benson, who starred in last year's much-discussed Spring Breakers and more recently joined the ensemble cast of HBO's adaptation of Jennifer Egan's Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad, is just plain fun to have around. She was happy to break from her go-to look—smoky eye, nude lip—and let our artists and stylist play with texture for her shoot.
“Texture is one of the key components to a successful look, whether it’s on the red carpet, an editorial shoot, or in real life,” makeup artist Rachel Goodwin says. “The understanding and knowledge of textures is something we, as artists, bring to the table that most women don’t know about.” So Goodwin turned Benson’s skin matte while adding gloss to her eyes, or made her cheekbones dewy to set off a matte red lip. “That mix is really the key to sophistication.”
Meanwhile, hairstylist Richard Collins broke out Kiehl’s Silk Groom ($18) to amp up Benson’s already rich texture. “I haven’t used this product in years,” Collins says, “but when you said ‘texture,’ I thought it’d add something interesting.” Sure enough, Benson had killer second-day looking locks throughout the shoot. “I loved that my hair was so messy,” says Benson.
See all of her looks, below!