Exclusive: Getting Ready With Riverdale Star Camila Mendes

Updated 09/15/17

This has been a big year for Camila Mendes; the 23-year-old actress landed the role of Veronica Lodge on the CW’s Riverdale—an incredibly well received drama series based on the vintage Archie comics. (If you haven’t already, we highly recommend cancelling any and all plans in order to binge-watch it). The other day, we caught up with Mendes at the W Hotel in Hollywood, where she was getting ready for the Teen Choice Awards; she's nominated for "Choice Scene Stealer."

We caught Mendes during the short window of time she was in L.A.—she was only in town for 24 hours before she had to get back to filming the show in Vancouver—to get a behind-the-scenes look at her pre-red carpet prep and speak to her about all things health, wellness, and beauty. Keep scrolling to see her stunning TCAs look.

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Mendes usually goes for "fresh-faced, dewy makeup with a thin, clean cat eye and flesh-toned lips." This has become her default event and red carpet makeup. "I love a polished, natural look for both hair and makeup," she told us. "Basically, just accentuating and polishing what's already there so that I feel like an elevated version of myself."

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Mendes's makeup artist Mai Quynh encouraged her to switch it up, though. "For Teen Choice, my makeup artist asked me how I felt about pink glitter for the eyes, and at first I was hesitant because I usually lean toward a minimal look, but then I realized this event would be the perfect opportunity to have fun and try something different," Mendes said. Quynh used Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Violet Ink ($27) along the upper lash line, YSL Volum Effet Faux Cils Mascara ($32) on the lashes, and Make Up For Ever Pink 8-Glitter ($15) across the lid.

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"I was inspired by the pink palette of Camila's Longchamp top and skirt," said Quynh. "I wanted to add a little fun sparkle on the eyes while still keeping the same tones to the rest of her face. Camila loves a winged eye, so I thought it would be cool to do it in a deep purple."

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Mendes's stylist Jeff Kim paired the ornate top and skirt from Longchamp's S/S17 collection with Dana Rebecca jewelry, a Nancy Gonzalez clutch, and Stuart Weitzman shoes. The result was a fresh take on a 1960s look.

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After the eyes were done, Quynh moved on to perfect Mendes's complexion with Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation ($78). She didn't need much, though, thanks to Mendes's streamlined skincare routine.

She told us she cleanses each morning with Burt's Bees Gentle Foaming Cleanser ($9) and exfoliates every other day with Fresh Soy Face Exfoliant ($43). After a dab of Burt's Bees Rosewater Toner ($12) and some Jurlique Sun Specialist, SPF 40 ($38) mixed with two drops of MUN Aknari Brightening Youth Serum ($95), she's ready to go.

"It takes me an hour to drive to set, so that gives my skin plenty of time to absorb the excess moisture so that I'm all good to go by the time I sit in the makeup chair," she told us. "At night, I basically have the same routine except that I moisturize with GlamGlow DreamDuo ($59). It's a two-part treatment that smells amazing and gives you gorgeous, dewy skin by morning."

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As for hair, stylist Kylee Heath said, "We wanted the hair to be fresh and pretty to complement the adorable skirt and top Camila was wearing." Heath applied Oribe Foundation Mist ($29) on damp hair from roots through ends. After a quick blow-dry and some round brushing, she lifted Mendes's hair back into a half-up, half-down style. "I sprayed Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press ($12) for hold and thermal protection," she says. She finished it off with a few quick texturizing curls and a spritz of hairspray.

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While getting glammed up for a red carpet event sounds carefree and fabulous, Mendes isn't shy about speaking out on topics of mental health and industry pressure. "I just started seeing a therapist, and I'm super stoked about it," she told us. "It's something I've been wanting to do for a long time, and considering how much my life has changed this year, I thought it was about time I check in with myself. It's been really difficult adjusting to the pace of this industry, everything moves so quickly and people are constantly coming at you with endless demands.

I've had to make room in my life for so many new people and work obligations that now I barely have time for myself, not to mention my family and friends. So to have that slotted time once a week to focus on myself is so essential to my well-being."

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The pressures of daily life are strong enough without throwing the pressures of fame into the mix. So far, though, Mendes seems to be doing just fine. That award for Choice Scene Stealer? She won.

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