Over the years, Lucy Hale’s hair and makeup have constantly changed. One thing that stays the same is her glow. No matter what color her hair is (it’s currently brown with a hint of pink), how long it is, or what color lipstick she decides to swipe onto her lips, her skin forever looks radiant. Luckily, the actress recently spilled her highlighter secrets to me. We chatted on the phone, so I didn’t get to bask in her glow in person, but it definitely did radiate through the phone.
Hale has sworn by Mark. Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes All-Over Face Palette for a while now, she tells me. I was not surprised that she picked an $18 product from Mark., as she has been its brand ambassador since 2013, but I focused on the fact she chose a multicolored powder. A minute or so before, she explained that her highlighter vibe was more on the low-key side. Her exact words were, “I like to go the more natural route.” Turns out the pick comes down to versatility: “You can use it as an eye shadow or as a blush or as a highlighter,” she said.
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On her latest highlighter pick.
However, one of Avon’s newest products has been speaking more to Hale’s minimalist beauty routine: the upcoming True Color Illuminating Stick, which launches March 2. “It’s not too intense,” she explained. “It’s really easy to use and really blendable.” Generally, Hale said she’s more into cream highlighters because “they’re easier to blend with my fingers.” Yup, like Sable Yong, one of Allure‘s beauty editors, Hale likes to get handsy with her makeup. “Sometimes I’ll actually do my foundations with my hands,” she says. “My everyday look is very simple, so you don’t really need many tools.”
For placement, Hale doesn’t get too Kardashian with highlighter. (“I’ve never used a highlighter on my body — at least not yet,” Hale said when I mentioned Kim’s shin-highlighting technique.) Hale’s go-to targets are the inner corners of her eyes, under her eyebrows, on her cupid’s bow, and, of course, the tops of her cheekbones. The one wild card is that she sometimes puts highlighter on the middle of her bottom lip, which is an easy trick for giving the illusion of plumpness.
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On her extensive skin-care routine.
Hale’s excellent skin is to thank for her luminous look, too. “It’s important to take care of your skin to begin with and then you don’t really need to do much to enhance what’s already there,” she said. And Hale is pretty into skin care. She estimates her nighttime routine is 15 steps. “But I enjoy it,” she says. “I never skip it. I look forward to it at night.” Sometimes, she even starts it the second she gets in the car to head home by removing her makeup with a face wipe. “I take it off as soon as possible, I like to let my skin breathe.”
It’s important to take care of your skin to begin with and then you don’t really need to do much to enhance what’s already there
Once she’s home, Hale proceeds to wash her face about four times, beginning with a cleansing balm or cleansing oil. Then, she reaches for a cleansing milk. Next, an exfoliator “if it’s that time during the week,” she says. “Then, I typically do one more wash through with the cleansing milk.” After showering, she swipes a micellar water-soaked cotton pad around her face “because there’s makeup hidden in places you never think about,” Hale adds. And she’s right: Micellar water is like a magnet for dirt and grime.
On her dream hairstyle.
Of course, I had to ask Hale about her hair. More specifically, is there anything she would never try? I fully expected for her to list some neon color or a mullet. (Please, Lucy, don’t get a mullet.) Instead, say said, “I’m not really attached to my hair at all, so that’s why I’m constantly changing it up. I would shave it, I would dye it, I would grow it out.” Yes, Lucy Hale said she would shave off all her hair. If the right role came along, she’d be down.
I’m not really attached to my hair at all, so that’s why I’m constantly changing it up.
She did mention one caveat: She’s not a fan of bangs. “Honestly, I don’t think I would get bangs,” she said. “Purely because I think they might annoy me. I’m always trying to get my hair off my face, so I know if I added bangs, I’d just annoy myself.” She does think they’re cute, though. In an alternate universe where they wouldn’t irritate her, she’d get what she calls a French-girl haircut: a bob with curtain bangs, which have been spiking on Pinterest. I’m more concerned about the buzz-cut situation, though. Casting agents, if you’re reading this, please give Lucy Hale a role that involves shaving her head. I need this look to come to fruition simply because allowing her makeup to complement it would be amazing.
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