Though I’m probably much older than the target audience for the hit drama, Pretty Little Liars, I adore it and it’s my guilty TV pleasure each week.
One of my favourite characters is Emily Fields, played by Canadian actress, Shay Mitchell. In the show, her character’s usually very low-key with her makeup — going for more of a natural tomboy-esque look. Well, she certainly didn’t look like a tomboy at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards Sunday night — the Teen Choice Awards nominee was all bold brows, smoky eyes and cleavage, and she looked stunning!
“Shay and I have been working together for a little bit now and she really trusts me, so I am always able to play,” says makeup artist, Patrick Ta. “We normally do a group chat prior to an award show to talk about the look and what she is going to wear. Shay loves fresh dewy bronze skin, which looks great on her! Tonight, the inspiration for her look came from her dress. It’s white, modern and structured – we wanted to play up the eyes to go along with the dress”.
Ta shares the scoop on how to recreate Mitchell’s red carpet look. Here’s his step-by-step breakdown:
The Beauty Breakdown
“I love to prep my clients’ skin with Bioré Charcoal Pore Minimizer to get deep into pores and draw out dirt and oil. This allows the make up to lay smoothly on the skin. Then, I apply a Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strip on the nose for blackhead removal and to keep shine at bay.
Once the face was clean, I applied Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum to moisturize and help the makeup lay beautifully. Next, I lightly used the Armani Designer Lift Foundation to ensure the complexion looked bright without appearing too heavy. Then I contoured the hallows of the cheeks to accentuate the cheekbones with Tom Ford Intensity One Contour Pallet. Next, I used MAC Cosmetics Select Moisturecover in NC30 to highlight and added MAC Cosmetics Bronzing Power in Refined Gold to the apples of the cheeks. I then added theBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer for additional highlighting. I finished the face off with a Translucent Powder from La Mer to help ensure long wear, and used a setting spray to give the skin a natural luminous finish”.
“To create Shay’s eyes, I used a MAC Cosmetics Pigment in Tan on the lid. Then added a dark matte brown hue to the outer crease and bottom lash line for drama and definition. I recommend curling lashes and applying two coats of waterproof mascara for long wear. Finally, I added Esqido Lashes for some twinkle.
To create a thicker brow like Shay’s this evening, try an Anastasia Eyebrow Pencil in Brunette.”
“To complete the look, I used a Tom Ford bronze nude lipstick called Smoke Sable to compliment the blush.”
What do you think of Shay Mitchell’s beauty look?