Shay Mitchell seems to be the go-to beauty girl in Hollywood. More than most celebrities we meet, she's game to chat hair and makeup all day long; plus she's involved with multiple cool beauty brands, including Bioré and Smashbox.
Back in November, Shay collaborated with Smashbox to release seven drool-worthy eye shadow palettes, all of which come in the most mesmerizing holographic packaging and flaunt a myriad of versatile shades. In honor of the collab, we got an exclusive invite to Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles to interview Shay at about all things beauty. But because we know that you all, our lovely readers, are just as obsessed with her as we are, we left the interview questions up to you.
After asking our Instagram followers to send us their most burning beauty questions for Shay, we picked our five favorites, and last night, she answered them. (Make sure you're following @byrdiebeauty on Instagram so you can be involved in future opportunities like this one!)
Keep scrolling to see Shay Mitchell answer five questions from Byrdie readers.
Q: What are your favorite drugstore cleansers and exfoliators?
SHAY MITCHELL: That is a good question and extremely important. My favorite drugstore cleanser and exfoliator in one is the Bioré Baking Soda Scrub. I love it because it's gentle, but also gets all your dead skin cells off. If I'm traveling or I'm tired or not drinking enough water, my skin gets really, really dry. So I love this because it gently exfoliates your skin, leaving it smooth and radiant.
Q: Eek! All your beauty products disappeared into thin air. Which three do you immediately run out and replace?
SM: I would have to replace my Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation ($42); that's one thing I absolutely love. I love it because it's light, but the coverage is great, and it lasts all day. I would also have to say the Matte Cover Shot Eye Shadow palette because it's the perfect day-to-night eye shadow palette. And then coconut oil! Because I use it all the time for everything. My skin, my hair. Everything.
Q: Do you prefer to apply makeup yourself or have a makeup artist do it?
SM: I would always prefer to have a makeup artist do it, especially because some of my friends are the best in the world. Anytime I have a job or something when I've had a late night before, those aren't my favorite days, so I'm all about [makeup artist] Patrick Ta! He came up with the look I'm wearing today, where he used a combination of two of the Smashbox Cover Shot palettes to create this smoky purple eye.
Q: What do you do to stay in shape besides boxing?
SM: Taking my dog for a walk! I like to be outside as much as I can. So I would just say going on long walks. We'll do a big walk along the boardwalk from Santa Monica to Venice. Besides boxing, that's the one thing I really love to do.
Q: When in your life do you feel the most beautiful?
SM: After boxing! After working out. A million percent. I feel like I've done something great for my body and my mind. It's very therapeutic for me. It makes me feel beautiful because it makes my body strong.
Can't get enough Shay Mitchell? Don't miss our story about that time I went on a "beauty safari" with her (yes, it was as strange as it sounds).